Heather Riley appointed to develop political programs and series at ABC News

Heather Riley has been named Executive Editorial Producer of Programming and Political Affairs at ABC News, and has been tasked with helping develop political news programming for the Walt Disney Co. unit’s linear programming as well as Hulu. and the ABC News Live streaming video release.

She will report to Wendy Fisher, ABC News, senior vice president of news gathering.

“Heather will oversee the development of new political series on Hulu and ABC News Live as well as special political projects across television, audio and digital as we prepare for the mid-terms and beyond,” said Fisher in a Thursday memo. “In addition, she will work with our special events, political unit and ABC News Live teams and our local stations to help produce major political events, current affairs debates and town hall meetings.”

Riley has been a senior member of ABC News’ communications team for more than a decade, but in recent months has shifted more to political coverage, helping “in our bipartisan negotiations and campaigns during primary debates and has been a key member of the editorial teams on our biggest nights of political programming,” Fisher said.

Before joining ABC News in 2011, Riley spent five years at CNN in editorial roles in the Assignments Desk, the Political Unit and on Capitol Hill. She began her career as a White House press secretary.