Linsey Davis to co-anchor ABC’s Weekend ‘World News Tonight’

Davis started at ABC in 2007 and has covered national events such as the #MeToo movement, the Boston Marathon bombing and the Harvey Weinstein allegations

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 Linsey Davis has a new gig.

The ABC News correspondent will sit as the new weekend anchor on World News Tonight. Davis will become the Sunday evening host.

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“Linsey has had an impressive rise at ABC News as a result of her unflinching interview prowess, her versatility and experience,” per a memo Monday morning by ABC News president James Goldston, The Hollywood Reporter reported.

Linsey Davis
Linsey Davis (Image: ABC)

“Last year she was named anchor of ABC News Live’s first-ever streaming evening newscast in primetime, which has surged in viewership by over 200% since launch a year ago.”

Davis started at ABC in 2007 and has covered national events such as the #MeToo movement, the Boston Marathon bombing and the Harvey Weinstein allegations.

She will replace Tom Llamas who has left the network for NBC News. Journalist Whit Johnson will also join the show.

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“Linsey and Whit are both familiar faces at the World News Tonight desk, having filled in on the weekends and for David [Muir] during the week,” wrote Goldston.

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(L-R) ABC network anchors and debate moderators David Muir, Linsey Davis and George Stephanopoulos speak on stage prior to the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Davis is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a Masters of Arts in communications from New York University. In February 2019, the wife and mother wrote a best-selling children’s book, “The World is Awake.” She released her second best-seller, “One Big Heart,” in August.

Davis isn’t the only woman spreading Black girl magic. Actresses Keke Palmer also just scored a major hosting gig, as reported by theGrio. She has stayed booked and busy for most of her career and now the former child star is confirmed to be doing double duty as both host and executive produce for a new Disney+ competition series called Foodtastic.

The show is described as “an unscripted build competition series for Disney+ where teams of contestants are challenged to create whimsical, larger-than-life, Disney-inspired works of art made out of all types of food including everything from cheese and butter to fruits and vegetables.”

Production for the eleven episode first season reportedly started in New York this month, with NYC’s City Cakes founder Chef Benny Rivera and FLOUR SHOP founder Amirah Kassem serving as judges.

“In each self-contained episode, three teams of food artists transform iconic characters into extravagant masterpieces that tell a story from Disney’s legendary IP,” explains the logline. “These food sculptures will be judged purely on their design, technical skills and narrative, and not by taste.”

theGrio’s Blue Telusma contributed to this report

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