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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Some Changes at CNN

Chris Frates Joins the CNN Investigations Unit
Today, CNN announced that Chris Frates will join the network as a correspondent. Frates will be based in Washington, DC, and will be part of the CNN Investigations unit. The Investigations unit produces exclusive, in-depth reports for all CNN platforms and programs, and has been honored with dozens of awards for its breaking news coverage. Frates will report to Patricia DiCarlo, director of the CNN Investigations unit, and will begin his new assignment in October.
“Chris has done outstanding reporting and will be a terrific addition to the unit,” said DiCarlo. “We look forward to welcoming him to the team.”
Most recently, Frates served as a national correspondent at the National Journal, where he covered congressional leadership and the intersection of money, politics and policy. While at the National Journal, Frates founded and managed Influence Alley, a blog that covered the ties between Congress and K Street. Prior to joining the National Journal, Frates served as a reporter at Politico, where he launched and authored Politico Influence and Politico Pulse, daily emails that brief readers on the lobbying world and health care reform, respectively. He also covered health care reform during the passage and debate of the 2010 health care reform law. Frates started his journalism career with The Denver Post and covered the Colorado legislature. He was among the breaking news team recognized as a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.   

Geraldine Moriba Named Vice President of
Diversity and Inclusion for CNN Worldwide

Geraldine Moriba has been named Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for CNN Worldwide.  Included in her role will be Chairing CNN’s Diversity Council, as well as offering strategic guidance on issues of diversity to the CNN Management team.  The announcement was made today by CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker, to whom she will report on Diversity and Inclusion matters, marking the first time the position has reported in to the President. 
            “Geraldine is the ideal candidate to take on this very important role within the organization at a critical time for us,” said Zucker. “I had the pleasure of working with her prior to my time at CNN, and always found her to have a terrific sensibility and understanding of some of the complex issues we face when it comes to diversity and inclusion.  As we look to reimagine what CNN will be in the years to come, this role on my team will be invaluable in shaping the kind of organization we want and need to have.”
            In addition to her new role with the Diversity Council, Moriba is also an executive producer for CNN’s Original Program Development, reporting to Amy Entelis, SVP, Talent and Content Development. She will continue to be based in New York.
“Some of the smartest journalists in the business work at CNN and I know that the prevailing sentiment in our newsrooms is that it is crucial for our content and workforce to reflect the audience we serve,” said Moriba.  “These are goals accomplished by working as a team. This isn’t only about pursuing a noble purpose, it’s about continuing to share news from across our increasingly diverse and interconnected world, in even more effective ways.”
Moriba's predecessor, Johnita Due, who also serves as Assistant General Counsel for CNN, took over leadership of CNN's Diversity Council two years after it's inception in 2003.  She will remain in her current role with CNN, and continue to advise Moriba and the Council.
       "I want to thank Johnita for the great work she has done as leader of the Diversity Council for eight years,” said Zucker.  “She set a terrific standard for what we need to be focused on, and set in place a terrific team that we will continue to build on.”
Moriba is an Emmy-award winning producer, who led CNN’s "In America" documentary team in the creation of 11 documentaries in two years.  These award-winning and groundbreaking specials focused on communities which had previously been underserved by the media.  She also conceived and launched the successful “In America blog.” In its first six months, it crossed the 15 million page view threshold and earned unprecedented engagement success, making it one of the most popular blogs.
Moriba came to CNN in 2010 after 16 years at NBC News, where she served as senior producer for Broadcast Standards, monitoring news reports on all NBC platforms. She also produced award winning long form and breaking news stories. And she was the co-chair for NBC News' Diversity Council developing diversity programs to support leadership development and diverse content across NBC News programming.
Moriba has won five prestigious Emmy awards, an Alfred I. DuPont Award and two Peabody Awards. She has also received two RTNDA-Unity Awards, two Newswomen’s New York Front Page News Feature Awards, two National Association of Black Journalists First Place Documentary Awards, four New York Association of Black Journalists awards, four New York Film Festival Awards, the US Films Video Festival Silver Screen Award, two National Headliner Awards, the “Chris” Award of the Columbus International Film and Video Festival and a Nancy Susan Reynolds Informational Documentary Finalist Award.
       CNN’s award-winning Diversity Council was formed in 2003.   Comprised of members across CNN’s networks, platforms, departments and functions, the Council has pursued initiatives tied to CNN’s diversity mission of growing its business by reflecting diverse audiences and perspectives in its programming and supporting an inclusive culture for its employees.  The Council’s initiatives have focused on the areas of content, marketplace, workforce and workplace.  By collaborating with editorial, network booking, marketing, sales, PR, HR, recruiting, and talent development and recruitment, the Council has been crucial in establishing CNN's standing with multicultural audiences leading to some major ratings wins, earning revenue in the tens of millions of dollars for multicultural content, increasing CNN's racial and ethnic and gender diversity, launching employee development and student pipeline programs, and expanding the diversity of perspectives, including political perspectives, and storytelling on air. 
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Anonymous said...

Nice title if you can get it, Vice President of Diversity, but what does Zucker have to show for it?
Zero in new hiring....and look at the talent he let go.
So now to cover his a** he decides to create a position that shows he is still serious about "creating diversity." Really?
This is all just related and an extension of his usual spin.
What he should do is join a class of spinners. He's good at it.

Anonymous said...

I am watching a live 11:00PM special hosted by Jake Tapper from the Washington studio. I noticed that the wall dividing the studios has opened up making me wonder if CNN will be going all out for an off year election, bringing back the Election Center. I can't believe it's already October. The only major election I know going on this year though is the New Jersey gubernatorial election. Chris Christi is a big name as a possible 2016 presidential contender, so they may be wanting to make a big deal of this.

Anonymous said...

Chris Christie move over.
The NYT is reporting that Elizabeth Warren, the newly elected Senator from Mass. is the hottest ticket in town, and although she says she has no Presidential aspirations, everyone on the left knows she's for the consumer and for regulationg the Banks....something Obama has failed to do.
Her last conference was standing room only and BOTH Jon Stewart and Bill Maher absolutely adore her.
Maybe she will change her mind come 016.
Recently Bill Clinton had to defend his repeal of portions of the Glass Segal Act, when asked if it was a good idea. The Times reported that he hedged and then answered, knowing that Warren was going to be breathing right down Hillary's back. This could get really interesting.

Anonymous said...

Geraldine, you have your work cut out for you. Now start hiring people of color, with foreign accents. You know, like the people who actually live here.