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Heyward directs the research arm of a unique three-part project at ASU to promote local TV news innovation by finding best practices around the country, collaborating with stations to develop new strategies, and conducting experiments at the Cronkite School. The initiative is supported through a three-year, $1.9 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Heyward also serves as a visiting scholar at the laboratory for social machines at MIT, where he is working on artificial intelligence tools to strengthen local journalism.
In spring 2016, Heyward served as a visiting faculty member at the Cronkite School, where he created and taught an intensive workshop in advanced television news storytelling.
Heyward was president of CBS News from January 1996 through November 2005. He previously served as executive producer of The CBS Evening News and developed “48 Hours,” the primetime CBS News program in January 1988. He began his career working in local news at WNEW-TV and WCBS-TV in New York. Heyward graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.