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Monday, June 14, 2010

CNN's Birthday Bash

TVNewswer's Alissa Krinsky had an exclusive look at the private party former CNNers held this weekend to celebrate the 30th birthday of CNN.
A large crowd of former and current CNNers gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Saturday night to celebrate the network's thirtieth birthday.
The bash — an unofficial gathering organized by former CNN producer Elissa Free — drew over three hundred people and was emceed by former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw.

"It was a celebration of what we had built," former CNN correspondent Kelli Arena tells TVNewser. Arena, who started her career at CNN in 1984, said that joining the then-four-year-old network "was a labor of love... There was an energy and an innocence about the place. We brought live to the air things that people had never seen live on the air before."CNN founder Ted Turner addressed the crowd, telling attendees he was proud of what staffers have accomplished. Former CNN president Tom Johnson also spoke.

Current CNNers in attendance included anchor Wolf Blitzer, News Standards and Practices EVP Rick Davis, Political Director Sam Feist, and correspondent Jeanne Meserve.Former CNNers in the house included Cissy Baker, Ralph Begleiter, Charles Bierbauer, Mike Boettcher, Tony Collings, Roger Cossack, Patty David, Bill Dorman, Rusty Dornin, Bob Franken, David French, Frances Hardin, Leon Harris, Sandy Kenyon, Jamie McIntyre, Brooks Jackson, Kathleen Koch, Eileen O'Connor, Chris Plante, Frank Sesno, Mark Shields, Linda Taira, Mary Alice Williams, and Judy Woodruff.

"It was a lot of reminiscing about the little network that could," Arena said. "There was no griping, no discussion about the current CNN — that's not why people were there. People were there to celebrate what we had accomplished. It was like a family reunion."

Photos by photo by Richard Kolko & Tony Umrani

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is a real shame that the people who help
make CNN legendary are no longer around
to steer CNN back to it's roots. When you
hear names like Elliott Spitzer and Piers
Morgan you know journalism no longer is
of importance to CNN.So no women and
only white males in prime time is good for
CNN.I guess management does not live in
the 21st century. That is pretty obvious
they think Crossfire will fly in this day and
time.CNN new motto should be out of
ideas and out of touch.