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New CBS News chief to keynote Union College commencement

New CBS News chief to keynote Union College commencement

Zirinsky is first woman to lead the news organization
New CBS News chief to keynote Union College commencement
The 222nd commencement exercises were held at Union College in 2016.
Photographer: Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer

Susan Zirinsky, the new president and senior executive producer of CBS News and first woman to lead the news organization, will be the keynote speaker at Union College's 225th commencement in June, college officials announced Thursday.

More than 500 students in the class of 2019 are expected to receive degrees during the ceremony, scheduled for June 16 on Hull Plaza. Zirinsky will receive an honorary doctorate of letters degree.

Zirinsky joined CBS News in 1972 and has held numerous positions during her tenure. She became president and senior executive producer on March 1. She is the first woman to lead the venerable news organization.

When CBS announced Zirinsky’s appointment in January, a New York Times profile of her began, “Susan Zirinsky is a legend in the world of television news.”

“At a time when the role of the press is both changing and being questioned, we are honored to welcome a highly respected journalist like Susan Zirinsky to our campus,” Union College President David R. Harris said in a press release. “She has been witness to many historic stories during more than four decades in the news business, and we look forward to her sharing her insights with the graduating class and their families."

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