Alison Pepper is the Executive Director of Recruitment and Development for CBS News, a job she performs in conjunction with her position as the senior broadcast manager at "60 Minutes." In this role, she extends the philosophy she champions at "60 Minutes" to the entire News division -- making every position, when possible, a reporting job. Pepper works with all of CBS News to hire reporters at every level and develop the careers of CBS News employees. In June 2011, she began the News Associates Program, which has brought dozens of aspiring journalists into CBS News. In November 2013, the Hollywood Reporter named Pepper one of the 35 under 35 Next Generation of Top Media Executives.
Since coming to "60 Minutes" in 2004, Pepper has helped shape the broadcast's future as its unit manager, coordinating producer and now senior broadcast manager, by playing a role in the hiring of nearly half of the 100 staffers who currently work on the broadcast. Before joining "60 Minutes," she served in various posts in the CBS News division, including "60 Minutes II," "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" and CBS Radio News.
Pepper graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Art in Political Science and Spanish. Pepper grew up in Queens, and now lives in Westchester with her husband, Chuck Atanasio, and their two children.