Benjamin Berkley "Ben" Sherwood (born February 12, 1964) is an
American writer, journalist, and producer who currently serves as the
Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks, and the President of Disney-ABC
Television Group. Sherwood is the former President of ABC News.
1 Early life and education
2.1 Television journalism
2.3 Internet entrepreneur
3 Personal life
3.1 Community activities
5 External links
Early life and education
Sherwood was born to a wealthy
Jewish family in Los Angeles,
California. His mother, Dorothy Lipsey Romonek, was a trustee of
California Institute of the Arts. His father, Richard E. Sherwood,
was a partner in a Los Angeles law firm, and long time leader of the
Jewish Committee. 
In 1981, Sherwood graduated from Harvard-Westlake School), (at the
time, known as Harvard School for Boys), an independent university
preparatory school in Los Angeles, California. In 1986, he graduated
Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa from
Harvard College with an AB degree. From 1986-89,
Sherwood was a
Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and he and his
sister, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, were the first brother and sister
team of Rhodes scholars.
From 1989-93, Sherwood was an Associate Producer and a Producer for
ABC News' Primetime (then called PrimeTime Live) with hosts Diane
Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. During that time, Sherwood was part of the
ABC News Team that came under sniper fire in Sarajevo, Bosnia in
August 1992.
In 1997, Sherwood joined NBC's Nightly News with
Tom Brokaw as a
Producer, a Senior Producer, and ultimately the Senior Broadcast
Producer, where he was present during coverage of the September 11
attacks. Sherwood left
NBC News in January 2002.
In April 2004, Sherwood was the Executive Producer of the ABC's Good
Morning America, and on December 3, 2010, Sherwood was appointed
ABC News in New York.
In January 2015, Sherwood was named President of Disney-ABC Television
Group, and Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks.
Sherwood’s non-fiction work has been published in The New York
Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Parade
Magazine, and O Magazine. In 1996, Sherwood wrote his first novel, Red
Mercury, published under the pseudonym Max Barclay by Dove Books. The
story involves a nuclear terror threat at the Summer
Olympic Games in
Atlanta, Georgia. President Bill Clinton reportedly "devoured" the
book before traveling to Atlanta to attend the Olympics.
In 2000, while working at
NBC Nightly News, Sherwood wrote a
bestselling novel called The Man Who Ate The 747, published by Bantam
Books. The tragicomic tale tells the story of an investigator for a
Guinness Book of Records
Guinness Book of Records who travels to Superior, Nebraska
to authenticate a record attempt involving a man eating a Boeing 747.
The record keeper meets an introverted and misguided Nebraska farmer
who is ingesting the 747 by grinding parts of the plane into gritty
dust. By consuming the plane, the farmer hopes to prove the size and
scope of his love for a woman who lives in the small town.[citation
In 2004, Sherwood published The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,
which follows a young man's journey between the worlds of life and
death, and explores his bonds with loved ones in both. The Death and
Life of Charlie St. Cloud was made into a major motion picture
starring Zac Efron, directed by Burr Steers, produced by Marc E.
Platt and released from
Universal Pictures on July 30, 2010 under the
new title Charlie St. Cloud.
In January 2009, his first non-fiction book, The Survivors Club: The
Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life, was published by Grand
Central Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. The Survivors
Club explores human survival in all its forms. The book became a New
York Times bestseller and has been published in more than 15
In January 2009, expanding upon the themes of his most recent book,
Sherwood launched a website called www.TheSurvivorsClub.org, an online
resource center and support network for people facing all manners of
The Survivors Club website is a social enterprise dedicated to helping
people survive and thrive in the face of every kind of adversity
including health, financial, family, and extreme challenges. In August
2010, the website re-launched as part of the Hearst Digital Network, a
division of the Hearst Corporation.
In 2003, Sherwood married to Karen Lisa Kehela in a
Jewish ceremony in
Beverly Hills, California. Kehela is the Co-Chair of
Imagine Films, a division of film and television production company
Imagine Entertainment. They have two sons.
Sherwood is fluent in French, Chinese, and Russian.
Sherwood is a member of the Board of Directors of
City Year (Los
Angeles), California, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Center
for Public Integrity in
Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the
Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
^ a b LAURA M. HOLSON (2011-03-11). "Slings and Arrows? Nothing New to
Him". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
^ a b c "Weddings/Celebrations; Karen Kehela, Ben Sherwood". The New
York Times. 2003-03-30. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
^ "Richard Sherwood, 64, Lawyer and Museum Chief". The New York Times.
1999-04-09. Retrieved 2009-05-12.
^ a b c "How to Succeed in Television: The rise and rise and rise of
ABC's Ben Sherwood". New York Magazine. 2015-01-13. Retrieved
Jewish Journal: "Obama's
Jewish war" by Rob Eshman July 11, 2012.
^ Nellie Andreeva (March 24, 2014). "Incoming Disney/ABC TV Group
Ben Sherwood On Getting The Big Job, His Learning Curve
& ABC Topper Paul Lee". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 14,
Ben Sherwood Named President of ABC News". ABC News. December 3,
2010. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
Ben Sherwood to succeed Anne Sweeney, thewaltdisneycompany.com;
accessed August 30, 2015.
^ Levine, Bettijane (2006-07-29). "His Fiction Comes Scarily Close to
Atlanta's Reality". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
^ Fleming, Michael (2009-03-24). "
Zac Efron ready for new 'Life'".
Variety. Archived from the original on April 17, 2009. Retrieved
^ "The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (2010)". IMDb. 2009-05-12.
Archived from the original on May 25, 2009. Retrieved
^ "Hardcover Advice". The New York Times. 2009-02-15. Retrieved
^ "Sioux City Journal: The Survivors Club". Sioux City Journal.
2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
^ "Web sites an outlet to vent foreclosure stress". MSNBC. 2009-03-20.
^ "Hearst Magazines Digital Media Launches TheSurvivorsClub.org on its
Proprietary Platform". PRLog. 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
^ Los Angeles Times: "Etta Kehela" June 30, 2013
Jewish Journal: "Obituaries: Edmund Kehela" February 8, 2007
^ "Company Roster (click on Company)". Imagine Entertainment. Archived
from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved June 25, 2011.
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Presidents of ABC News
John Daly (1953–1960)
Elmer Lower (1963–1974)
Roone Arledge (1977–March 5, 1997)
David Westin (March 6, 1997–December 3, 2010)
Ben Sherwood (December 3, 2010–January 2015)
James Goldston (January 2015–present)
Presidents of American Broadcasting Company
Edward John Noble
Edward John Noble (1943–1951)
Robert E. Kintner (1949—1956)
Leonard Goldenson (1951–1986)
Elton Rule (1972–1983)
John Severino (1981–1985)
Mark Mandala (1985–1994)
Daniel Burke (1986–1994)
Bob Iger (1994–1995)
Steve Bornstein (1999–2002)
Alex Wallau (2000)
Anne Sweeney (April 2004–January 2015)
Ben Sherwood (Janua