Sonya McNair was promoted to Senior Vice President, Communications, CBS News, in June 2011.
She was named the new head of communications for CBS News in March 2011.
McNair oversees all media and talent relations, as well as public affairs for CBS News, including strategic planning, day-to-day publicity, internal and external communications. She also provides oversight of communications for CBS Radio News, CBSNews.com and the CBS News Polling & Survey Unit.
McNair joined CBS News as a consultant in March 2009 and she was appointed Vice President in May of that year. She directed media relations and publicity for the CBS News Division and oversaw the daily communications strategy for a wide range of CBS News broadcasts and platforms.
Previously, McNair was Spokesperson and Director of Public Relations for The New Yorker, where she directed press affairs and public relations strategies for the magazine, and designed media campaigns for special events, including "The New Yorker Festival."
Prior to her time at The New Yorker, McNair was Vice President of Corporate Communications for Time Inc.'s Essence Communications Inc. and was responsible for the communications of corporate units, including Essence magazine, Essence Books and "The Essence Music Festival." She designed the promotions effort that garnered Advertising Age's 2003 A-List ranking, a first in the 34-year history of the magazine.
Additionally, McNair developed the launch strategy for Time Inc.'s fashion magazine, Suede, which earned critical acclaim from The New York Times, Italian Vogue and Ad Age's 2004 One-to-Watch.
Formerly, McNair held the position of Vice President of Publicity and Corporate Communications for the Fox Broadcasting Company, and oversaw East Coast media relations for the network. She also handled communications for corporate affairs and business related matters. Prior to that, she spent 16 years at ABC News and held several increasingly responsible positions at the network, which included Spokesperson for the network's news division and Director of Media Relations, where she oversaw media relations for the New York-based shows and provided public relations counsel to Diane Sawyer, Charles Gibson, David Brinkley and others. Additionally, she managed the publicity surrounding the launch of ABCNews.com.