Let's start tonight off with a few highlights from the CNN Pressroom:
As CNN Worldwide explores innovative ways to embrace information technology and reach its global audience, the network has hired veteran television executive and producer Randi Subarsky as its new vice president of development, it was announced today by Susan Bunda, executive vice president for content development and strategy for CNN Worldwide.
For this new role at CNN, Subarsky will lead program development teams based in Atlanta and New York City with the challenge of developing news programming across multiple platforms with new technology and viewer outreach. She will also serve as the executive overseeing talent recruitment, special projects and cross-platform initiatives. Based in New York, she will report to Bunda.
Subarsky comes to CNN as a creative and experienced producer in all aspects of programming development, production and marketing with a strong track record of motivating her teams to deliver compelling content across multiple platforms.
“CNN consistently stands out as one of the most innovative brands in the news business, always looking for new and inventive ways to present the news,” Subarsky said. “This is an organization where we can maximize all the talent and experience across numerous broadcasting and digital platforms. I’m very excited to be here.”
Continuing its unprecedented expansion into international newsgathering, CNN Worldwide has appointed Reza Sayah as an international correspondent based in Pakistan, it was announced today by Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president of international newsgathering.
Sayah, an investigative reporter and anchor for WXYZ/Channel 7 in Detroit for the past six years, joins the network as Pakistan recovers from the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and eventually engages in a nationwide election for president.
“Our expansion of personnel in Pakistan is part of our ongoing plan to gather and provide more content for all of CNN, especially since Pakistan remains a very important story on the international scene,” Khosravi said. “Reza has a proven track record of solid reporting in the field and resourcefulness in getting to the critical elements of the story.”
Born in Iran, Sayah speaks English, Farsi and French and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. In addition to WXYZ, Sayah has worked at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo., WTAJ-TV in Altoona, Pa., and WTVR-TV in Richmond, Va.
Hill has served as an anchor at Headline News since January 2003, most recently for Prime News with Erica Hill. In addition, she provided news updates for Anderson Cooper 360° since April 2005. She joins Anderson Cooper 360° full-time on Friday, Feb. 1, and will be based in New York.
To read more about Erica's move to Anderson Cooper 360°, check out the post on All Things Anderson.
Endo will serve as a national correspondent and will report live from the scene of breaking news events and from the nation’s capital, providing live reports for more than 800 CNN Newsource partner stations.
Endo comes to CNN Newsource from NY1 where she served as the lead political reporter and has covered a wide array of campaigns, four national political conventions and New York City’s transit strike in 2005. Endo started at NY1 in 1998 as a video journalist and field producer and previously worked at WNBC-TV and interned at ABC News.
And a few other note worthy items....
John King was mentioned in the NY Post's Page Six section on Friday.
CNN's chief national correspondent, John King, has a way to go before marrying his co-worker and sweetheart, congressional correspondent Dana Bash. The Irish Catholic is converting to Judaism before their May wedding. "Yes, it is true," he told Page Six. "I'm studying to convert and will consider inviting you to my bar mitzvah. Mazel tov. On a more serious note, I took a class and am working with a wonderful rabbi in DC, and it has been a remarkably enriching experience."
TVNewser also had two updates to the NY Post article:
- A call from CNN updates the fact that despite the Page Six reporting, Dana Bash's father is not a rabbi, he's a producer at ABC News, and has been for some 40 years. Oy.
- King emailed TVNewser this morning to talk about his "process" of conversion: "I started months ago with a class in DC and it convinced me I wanted to do it and I am learning from the experience. It was my idea. I tell Dana all the time if I can convert to Judaism she can convert to being a Red Sox fan. Both are very welcoming 'nations.'"
And finally tonight, award season is upon us and its no surprise that CNN is receiving quite a collection of nominations:
- “Special Investigations Unit: Judgment in Jena”/CNN
- “Special Investigations Unit: Children of the Storm”/CNN
- “American Morning: MLK Series/Soledad O’Brien”/CNN
- Outstanding News/ Information – (Series or Special)
- “American Morning Series: MLK Papers” (CNN)
- “Dr. Sonja Gupta: Saving Your Life” (CNN)
CNN's Alphonso Van Marsh will be one of the Special Honorees at The New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner on Wednesday, February 13th. NYABJ recognizes the best in Print, New Media, Radio, Magazine and Television reporting of issues that affect the Black Diaspora.