Eric Shapiro Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Eric Shapiro

Interviewed by: Scott Berger

News Director Eric Shapiro discusses his long career working at CBS News, developing programs like 48 Hours and Face the Nation. Shapiro shares the importance of collaboration with your crew, provides some of his memory-jogging “Eric-isms” from the set, and how everything from a mic to military-grade technology just sometimes doesn’t work.

Eric Shapiro describes his first time in the CBS Evening News control room as a mailboy, and the moment he found his calling.


Shapiro discusses the evolution of technical changes in covering elections, and the challenges for directors to present the news in the most engaging fashion.

Shaprio emphasizes the creativity brought by News Directors to their programs and how the DGA supports their creative rights.