Democratic strategist Stephanie Cutter and Republican strategist Kevin Madden will join CNN as political commentators, it was announced today by CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president Sam Feist. The veteran communications consultants will add their expert analysis to the network’s roster of voices and will appear across the network’s programming including New Day, the morning show scheduled to launch June 17.
“I’ve worked with CNN for many years in the White House, on campaigns and throughout government,” said Cutter. “They are the best in the business, and I’m thrilled to be joining the CNN team.”
“This is such an exciting time in the national conversation about the direction of our country, with so many Americans looking to CNN for an informed perspective of today’s political debates,” said Madden. “I’m looking forward to bringing my experience of working on national campaigns and Capitol Hill to CNN’s coverage of this national conversation.” FULL POST
In a CNN exclusive, CNN's Nima Elbagir (@NimaCNN) travels to the Kenyan island where Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo was detained and later arrested on suspicion of ties to al-Qaeda-linked militant group Al Shabaab in 2010.
Elbagir visits the island hotel where Adebolajo stayed prior to his arrest, and speaks to the people he met there.
Eight-episode Weekend Series Premieres with Inside Look Into The Medical Marijuana Industry
The CNN Original series Inside Man, hosted and produced by Oscar®-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, premieres Sunday, June 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET.
The one-hour weekly series will provide an intimate look into diverse sectors of American life and offer a deep-dive into pressing issues facing the U.S. that include migrant farm workers, the elder care industry, union workers, gun owners, education, bankruptcy and the drought. The premiere episode of Inside Man features Spurlock as a worker in a medical marijuana dispensary in California. FULL POST
BuzzFeed To Aggressively Expand Video Operation In Partnership With YouTube
BuzzFeed To Build Social Video Studio In Los Angeles
New York, NY – MAY 28, 2013 – Today, BuzzFeed announced plans to invest in and expand its video operations and build a social video studio, designed to create news and entertainment video content exclusively for YouTube. Led by Ze Frank, web video pioneer and BuzzFeed's Executive Vice President of Video, the video team will apply the same types of strategies that have made BuzzFeed a hub for some of the internet's most viral content to create shareable, emotionally compelling video content for a highly-mobile, video-driven generation.
"There has been a massive cultural shift in how people – particularly young people – consume news and entertainment and Ze and his team are tapping into the next generation of video production and consumption. Over 70% of BuzzFeed’s traffic is social, almost half is mobile, and we are seeing these huge shifts earlier than others because the majority of our readers are 18-34. We are thrilled to partner with YouTube to bring a new generation of video content to a BuzzFeed audience that lives on social media and mobile phones," said Jon Steinberg, BuzzFeed's President & COO.
CNN Digital nabbed four Society for Features Journalism Awards – including two first-place wins – which honor the craft of feature writing and the people who do it for a living at news organizations and wire services. The awards won are listed below:
1st place in Integrated Storytelling: The Undecided
1st place in Video Storytelling: Journeying home to tell my truth
2nd place in Series/Project: Race, Identity and Politics Series
3rd place in General Feature: Saving Aesha
Winners will be honored at SFJ’s national conference at Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. On October 9-12.
Full list of winners here.
Medea Benjamin, Activist, Code Pink told CNN's Carol Costello that she did not heckle the President. She did not hear the policy changes that had been predicted, so she waited until he was finished to voice her objections.
As the U.S. observes Memorial Day, CNN is honoring the fallen by spotlighting U.S. casualties from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Beginning this morning and over Memorial Day weekend, CNN.com’s homepage will feature a different member of the armed forces every hour in an interactive called 100 Hours, 100 Faces. The interactive compiles 100 of the more than 8,000 U.S. and coalition troops who have died in these conflicts. Among the 100 troops will be one from every state, as well as the youngest, the oldest, the first and some of the most recent casualties from both wars. 100 Hours, 100 Faces highlights information from CNN’s globally recognized Home and Away initiative, an extensive data visualization of those lost in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In June CNN International premieres the critically-acclaimed film, ‘Girl Rising’.
‘Girl Rising’, filmed before the well-known girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban on her way home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, follows several girls across the globe as they pursue an education. Like Malala, these girls – who come from Afghanistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Nepal, Peru and Sierra Leone – fight to overcome impossible odds to realise their dreams. FULL POST
Tonight, "Piers Morgan Live" shared the story of tornado survivor Alex Barnett, who joined the program tonight with his emotional account of Monday's events.
Trapped beneath rubble in what remained of his home, Barnett was eventually rescued by two men who heard his screams. Tonight, Barnett recalled the moment the twister touched down:
"All I seen was the big cloud coming my way and I just went and grabbed my pillow and blanket and went straight to the bathroom," he said. "I no more than got in there just for a second or two, and what little rumbling I heard as it got louder it just, my ears popped, and it was there."
In an amazing display of raw emotion, Barnett then got a chance to meet Juan Olivo and Jerrel Brewer for the very first time. Embracing the men who found him, and sobbing heavily, the guest could only mumble "Thank you very much. God Bless you." Watch this reunion here.
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin talks to Jackie Sing, who was born and raised in Moore, Oklahoma. His house was severely damaged but is still standing. Sing said he’d gladly trade places with neighbors who lost homes, especially a young couple with a newborn baby.