Head of Investigation Unit, Political Director Exit CBS News – Deadline


Len Tepper, who led CBS News’s investigative unit, is leaving the network. Meanwhile, Caitlin Conant announced her departure as political director.

Tepper was the executive director of CBS News Investigations, which last week produced a series on military domestic violence, a two-year investigative project in which nearly 40 survivors were interviewed. In an interview with Deadline, O’Donnell credited Tepper, along with producers Kristin Steve and Adam Verdugo, for the series.

In an email to staff Thursday, Tepper wrote: “It has been a great honor to produce award-winning investigative reporting.” He thanked the correspondents, office managers and executive and senior producers “who supported and presented the work of the Unit”.

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“As I embark on the next chapter of my career, I wish you all the best and keep fighting for quality journalism,” he wrote in the email, which was obtained by Deadline.

The investigative unit won a News and Documentary Emmy in 2018 for the network’s series on sexual assault in the military. They also won a year earlier for an investigation into the Wounded Warrior Project charity, as well as Emmys for pharmacy fraud. Tepper was also part of the winning team for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Tepper joined the network in 2009 after stints with ABC News and NBC News.

His departure is the latest news division reshuffle since Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon were named chairmen and co-heads of a newly unified CBS News and Stations. In July, Jay Shaylor stepped down as executive producer of CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell.

Conant announced that Friday would be his last day in an email to staff. She has been on maternity leave for a few months and has decided not to return. She plans to take other opportunities, she said in the email.

“I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead the political unit during such a difficult and unprecedented presidential cycle, and I am even more fortunate to call you friends,” Conant wrote.

She has been part of the network for five years, first as Director General of Communications, then, in 2018, she was appointed Political Director of the Information Division.

Business Insider first reported the news of the departures.

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