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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

'In America's' New Executive Producer

Award-winning producer Geraldine Moriba has been named executive producer of CNN's "In America" unit, the network's newly created division, which will extend the “In America” franchise anchored by Soledad O’Brien. The announcement was made today by Bart Feder, senior vice president for current programming, CNN/U.S.
With more than 20 years of journalism experience, Moriba will be responsible for leading the editorial direction of the "In America" unit, working with CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien and a team of producers, generating “In America” series which will run within CNN's weekday programming, as well as long form primetime documentaries.
"Geraldine is a fantastic choice to lead the ‘In America’ unit in its reporting on communities across America,” said Feder. "Her years of award-winning production work and management experience give her the background to expand CNN’s commitment to long form journalism that reflects all aspects of the American experience.”
Moriba comes to CNN after 16 years at NBC News, where for 12 years, she served as a producer for Dateline NBC. Most recently she has served as senior producer for Broadcast Standards, monitoring news reports on all NBC News platforms. During this time, Moriba also served as an executive and senior producer on various multiplatform projects including: Obama’s America 2010 with Chris Matthews and Tom Joyner, an MSNBC special town hall on race; About Our Children with Bill Cosby, a two-hour MSNBC special on education; Making Your Vote Count, an election unit covering election fraud and irregularities in the 2008 elections; and the critically acclaimed Father’s Promise with Al Roker and Tiki Barber about the crisis of absent African American fathers. While at Dateline NBC, she produced numerous breaking news reports, as well as an investigative report on a NYC Child Services, various 9-11 stories, and an in-depth report tracing the lives of students in a 1982 fourth grade class photo to determine the impact of crime, poverty and broken homes.
Said Moriba, "It is an honor to join CNN and the “In America” team. I’m excited as I realize the magnitude of CNN's field of vision, and my mission is to continue CNN’s tradition of telling underreported news stories first. I hope to raise the bar by delivering even more untold stories from underrepresented communities in new and innovative ways.”
While at NBC News, Moriba was appointed a prestigious Visiting Ferris Professorship of Journalism position at Princeton University. During her tenure she developed and taught a seminar on how to use digital journalism skills to get more untold stories on the air. She was also the co-chair for NBC News’ Diversity Committee developing diversity programs to support leadership development and diverse content across NBC News programming.
Before joining NBC, Moriba was a researcher at ABC’s PrimeTime Live. She was also a producer for As It Happens, the news and current affairs broadcast of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Canada, covering stories ranging from the LA Riots to the Gulf War.
Moriba has won five Emmy Awards, including most recently in September 2009 for Outstanding Coverage for a Breaking News Story Long Form, NBC News Decision 2008 Election Night. She’s won a Peabody Award for a Tom Brokaw special report she produced on the Supreme Court case against the University of Michigan’s affirmative action admissions policy. She has also received an Alfred I. DuPont, the National Association of Black Journalists First Place Award, two New York Association of Black Journalists Documentary Awards, the Radio-Television News Directors Association First Place Unity Diversity Award, the Newswomen’s New York Front Page News Feature Award, the US Films Video Festival Silver Screen Award, two National Headliner Awards, the “Chris” Award of the Columbus International Film and Video Festival, a New York Film Festival Finalist Award and a Nancy Susan Reynolds Informational Documentary Finalist Award.
Moriba received her honors bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Western Ontario. She is married with two children. The second of four children, Moriba grew up in Toronto, Canada. *

*text quoted directly from Turner Press Release

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