‘Talent Strategy Team’ Grows At CBS News and Stations


New leadership for talent strategy at CBS News and Stations that its leaders believe “will enhance the organization’s recruitment and development” has been named by its presidents and co-heads, Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon.

The appointments are effective November 1.

The changes involve CBS News SVP Laurie Orlando, who will move into a new role overseeing talent strategy for the CBS Stations and local streaming unit, reporting to McMahon.

They also involve 20-year CBS News production and talent recruitment specialist Alison Pepper, who returns to the fold to take on the role of SVP for talent strategy for CBS News and Network streaming, reporting to Khemlani.

The new structure is part of “the evolution” of CBS News and Stations under Khemlani and McMahon, a move made by ViacomCBS “to unify all local to global newsgathering across all platforms.”

Orlando joined CBS News in January 2016 after serving as a top executive for ESPN, where she oversaw talent recruitment and development since 2008. She began her career in television in 1980 as a news intern with WRGB-6 in Albany, N.Y. In 1986, she worked as an intern for “Late Night with David Letterman” before moving onto positions with Showtime and Comedy Channel.

Pepper spent almost two decades at CBS, rising to senior producer for 60 MINUTES until taking a job as an agent at CAA in its Television – News and Sports Media group, where she represented on-air reporters, personalities and producers.

Pepper’s career at CBS News began as a page in May 2000.