Thomas joins the network show from Quibi, and before that was Washington, D.C. bureau chief for Vice News.
Thomas succeeds Diana Miller, who left the program last year.
At Quibi, Thomas served as a content development executive working on short-form news programming from CBS News, NBC News and BBC News. The startup shut down in October, after just six months.
At Vice News, Thomas oversaw policy and politics coverage for Vice News Tonight, and was behind some of the most memorable stories, including an episode on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings that won an Emmy. She also was senior producer on the newscast’s Charlottesville episode which won four Emmys and a Peabody.
In a statement, CBS News president Susan Zirinsky said that Thomas was “one of the top news minds in our field.”
“She’s a hands-on storyteller, accomplished journalist and an inspiring leader,” she said. “Shawna has consistently embraced new ways and platforms to deliver high-quality journalism to audiences everywhere.”
Thomas said, “I am excited to join a show that is determined to inform the audience without pandering to them and use those precious two hours, as well as unlimited time online, to expand the creative storytelling that the journalists of CBS News are already famous for.”
Before Vice News, Thomas worked at NBC News for just over a decade. She was a senior producer of NBC News’ Meet the Press, where she oversaw the broadcast’s digital profile.
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