ABC Audio Director of News Programming Scott Goldberg sent the following note to the Audio team announcing Michelle Franzen has been promoted to midday news anchor.
I’m happy to announce a familiar voice at ABC Audio is becoming a more permanent one. Michelle Franzen is now our midday news anchor, joining Cheri Preston, Daria Albinger and Rich Cantu in ABC News Radio’s weekday lineup.
Michelle is a trusted journalist with top-notch storytelling skills. Just yesterday she, along with a stellar producing team, won a Gracie Award for their heartwarming story on NICU cuddlers, volunteers who spend time swaddling and hugging newborns when parents or nurses aren’t around.
Michelle began her ABC News career in 2014, reporting for all platforms, and joined our ABC Audio family in 2015 as a correspondent. Since then she’s been instrumental in our coverage of so many major stories, including the 2016 presidential election, the tragic mass shooting in El Paso and the impeachment of President Trump. Last year Michelle’s story on organizations working to feed the hungry during the holiday season was featured in our special “America’s Bounty.” She’s currently back in touch with one of those organizations, reporting its shift in efforts to fill the need during the pandemic.
Prior to ABC Michelle was a national correspondent at NBC News. She started in their New York bureau just three months before 9/11 and covered every angle of the attack and its aftermath. In that horror, Michelle saw what she describes as the “best of the human spirit emerge,” which has become a thread in her reporting.
During this monumental time, when our talented ABC News Radio team – without missing a beat – has delivered exceptional programming to our affiliates and listeners, I look forward to Michelle taking on this expanded and much deserved role. Please join me in congratulating her.