Christopher Isham was named Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief, CBS News, in July 2007. He is responsible for the activity of that bureau, including news gathering, personnel and technical operations. The bureau is CBS News’ largest.
Isham had been the Chief of Investigative Projects for ABC News, where he built an investigative unit recognized as one of the most successful of its kind in television news. Under his leadership, the ABC News Investigative Unit broke hundreds of exclusive reports on a wide range of topics from terrorism to political corruption.
Isham produced programming for all ABC broadcasts and platforms including “World News Tonight," "Nightline," "20/20," "Primetime," "Good Morning America," ABC News Radio and ABCNews.com. The unit built an investigative site called the "Blotter" on ABCNews.com. The "Blotter" broke the Mark Foley story, among many others.
Isham and his unit have been recognized with all of the major awards in the broadcast industry including numerous news Emmys, two Columbia DuPont Awards, a Peabody Award, four National Headliners Awards, two Overseas Press Club Awards, the ABA Gavel Award, the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award and three Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) and an Investigative Editors and Reporters Award for online journalism.
Isham organized the first major network interview with Osama bin Laden in May 1998 and he and his unit broke numerous stories relating to the ongoing threat of international terrorism. The group also broke stories that exposed holes in the security of major U.S. ports and airports. Under Isham’s direction, the unit also reported on the CIA’s interrogation techniques for the first time, insurance fraud after Hurricane Katrina and the secret tapes of Saddam Hussein.
He joined ABC News as an associate producer in 1978. Before that, Isham worked in the documentary unit at NBC News (1976-78).
He was graduated from Yale College in 1976 and Groton School in 1971. Isham was born in Berlin and has lived in Moscow, Hong Kong, Paris, Haiti and Washington D.C.
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