2 Degrees and a Disappearing Island
June 29th, 2015
11:44 AM ET

2 Degrees and a Disappearing Island

CNN Digital opinion writer John Sutter continues to report on climate change through his “2 Degrees” project.  Scientists and economists say that if the climate warms more than 2 degrees Celsius, it will greatly up the odds of climate catastrophe….and it’s happening to Marshall Island.

When he launched this project in April, Sutter asked what readers were most interested in CNN covering — and they chose how 2 Degrees could affect climate refugees from a disappearing coast.  After searching for a country that met the criteria, Sutter traveled to the Marshall Islands and spent 9 days there learning about how the Marshallese were affected by the rising sea and their disappearing coast.

In this multi-part report, he tells the story of the Marshallese through photos and videos with the engaging and heart-breaking narratives of the inhabitants weaved throughout.  He also visits northwest Arkansas, where some people have relocated to escape the threat of being swept away.


Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Opinion
CNN asks readers to get involved in climate change project
April 22nd, 2015
10:02 AM ET

CNN asks readers to get involved in climate change project

CNN Digital’s John Sutter, recently awarded by the American Society of News Editors for his public service journalism, will embark on another project in democratic journalism, asking the audience to choose topics around the theme of climate change.

For the rest of the year and fittingly launching this Earth Day, Sutter will report on 2 degrees Celsius, which may be the most important number you’ve never heard of.  Scientists and economists say that if the climate warms more than 2 degrees Celsius, we greatly up the odds of climate catastrophe; and world leaders agree, we don’t want to cross that mark.


Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Opinion
October 30th, 2013
10:20 AM ET

CNN Digital produces online documentary on income equality for ‘Change the List’ series

What does extreme income inequality do to the fabric of society - and how can it be reversed? ‘Change The List’ series creator, CNN Opinion writer John Sutter, travels to the most unequal place in America: East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, to explore the answers to this question. In a vote this year, America's rich-poor gap was the most important issue for CNN to cover chosen by Change the List readers.

The United States – which prides itself on a vibrant middle class – increasingly is becoming a two-tier society, one where some people get extraordinarily rich and others struggle in poverty or near-poverty. East Carroll Parish, Louisiana, is the county with the highest level of income inequality in America – a larger rich-poor gap than Manhattan. The top 5% makes more than $600,000 per year, and the bottom fifth earns only $6,800, and about 40% are living in poverty. The documentary (story by John Sutter with video by Edythe McNamee) profiles East Carroll Parish and its largest town, Lake Providence, where a lake literally and figuratively divides the rich from the poor. The video focuses primarily on mother and prison guard, Delores Gilmore, who lives on the south side of Lake Providence. The documentary asks residents questions including what are the odds that a person could move from one side of the lake to the other? And what has income inequality done to dream of a better future?


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CNN Opinion focuses on gay rights ahead of SCOTUS decision
March 20th, 2013
11:00 AM ET

CNN Opinion focuses on gay rights ahead of SCOTUS decision

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on two momentous cases: same-sex marriage in California and the Defense of Marriage Act, which would deny pension, Social Security and tax benefits to gay and lesbian couples.

Last week, CNN Opinion launched a special op-ed series on the topic, including a piece by award-winning reporter and the network's first full-time Opinion writer John Sutter. He writes that this country has “50 Americas” when it comes to rules on marriage, employment and legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. He also traveled to a county in the U.S. where the Census reported no gay residents. Providing other commentary, Princeton professor Robert George does not believe in same-sex marriage because marriage should be “fulfilled by procreation and family life.” CNN Contributor Donna Brazile says that the Clintons say to overturn DOMA, and hopes the Supreme Court justices will vote to do so. Marc Stern asks if gay rights infringes on religious liberties.

In addition to op-eds, CNN Digital created an interactive that allows users to take a quiz to see which state most closely mirrors their own values on LGBT issues.

Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Opinion
March 14th, 2013
03:11 PM ET

CNN Digital asks: Can women have it all?

With Marissa Mayer’s mandate to employees to work in the office and Sheryl Sandberg's new book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” the questions of work/life balance and women “having it all” are causing women and men alike to examine their own stance on the issue. So…. CNN Digital created content in the forms of photos, op-eds, videos and an iReport assignment this week for users to engage in a hearty debate on CNN.com, and peel back various layers of the complex topic.


Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Living • CNN Opinion • CNN Photos • Digital • iReport • Video
February 25th, 2013
10:27 AM ET

Suze Orman: Make same-sex marriage a basic federal law

Personal finance expert and best-selling author Suze Orman wrote an op-ed on CNN.com expressing that the federal government should legalize same-sex marriage and end discrimination against gay couples. Orman states, “the refusal of our federal government to legally recognize same-sex marriages imposes steep financial penalties on same-sex couples,” specifically within the areas of health insurance, social security spousal benefits and federal estate taxes. She talks about her own relationship as an example of the injustices she feels she has faced, and hopes that the Supreme Court will work to end discrimination against gay couples this spring, when they weigh in on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Topics: CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Newsroom • CNN Opinion • Suzanne Malveaux
Bill Gates op-ed on CNN.com: Grade teachers, help students
January 30th, 2013
10:27 AM ET

Bill Gates op-ed on CNN.com: Grade teachers, help students

Bill Gates published an op-ed on CNN.com saying that it is worth investing in better metrics to measure teaching methods. The entrepreneur turned philanthropist writes, “understanding great teaching means the opportunity to receive feedback on the skills and techniques that can help them excel in their careers,” which, in turn, poises students for further academic success.

That's why the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supported the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, a three-year collaboration of teachers and researchers, to develop reliable measures that identify outstanding teaching.

Gates' op-ed is on CNN's Opinion section, and he will also be interviewed this Sunday on Fareed Zakaria: GPS, airing at 10 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET.

Chelsea Clinton writes CNN.com op-ed for National Day of Service
January 15th, 2013
09:25 AM ET

Chelsea Clinton writes CNN.com op-ed for National Day of Service

Chelsea Clinton wrote an op-ed exclusively for CNN's Opinion section about being named the honorary chair of the National Day of Service (a position held by Colin Powell for the 2009 inauguration). Clinton encourages people in Washington, DC as well as the rest of the country to volunteer in their communities this weekend. She also asks people to continue community service on a regular basis and writes, "Already, people are going online to pledge to make giving back a part of their lives, not just for a day or for a week, but all year round. If everyone who pitches in this weekend keeps up that commitment throughout the year, think about how much good we can all do. Lots of small acts add up to big change."

National Day of Service takes place this Saturday and is inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy. 

Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Opinion • CNN Politics
November 6th, 2012
04:29 PM ET

The best and brightest from CNN Digital on Election Day

CNN.com’s newly unveiled Home Page is designed to provide a dynamic and interactive dashboard to show off stories and videos from CNN’s editorial staff that appeal to the intellectually curious, complex, open and opinionated user.

CNN’s video team put a unique touch on campaign-related videos. Take a walk down memory lane with this video gem, which chronicles the results of every CNN election night since 1980. It shows how the look and feel of the CNN studios has changed over the years. Another popular video is the 2-minute recap of the 2012 campaign, which shows the highs and lows of this year’s horserace… from Obama’s “You didn’t build that” to Clint Eastwood talking to a chair.


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Anthony Bourdain urges New Yorkers to #EatDownTipUp
November 5th, 2012
01:08 PM ET

Anthony Bourdain urges New Yorkers to #EatDownTipUp

Anthony Bourdain, one of CNN’s newest hosts for 2013, asks restaurant-goers in New York to dine out and tip more money to help local NYC restaurants affected by Hurricane Sandy. In his op-ed on CNN’s food blog Eatocracy, he writes, “Just ‘cause a little DIY place has got it’s power back on, doesn’t mean the bleeding has stopped… so let’s do what we can.”  He explains the hardships Sandy has caused restaurant owners and employees, and how shutting down for a few days takes a toll on the restaurant’s revenue. This article expresses a similar sentiment to the popular support initiative called Eat Down, Tip Up, which has become a common topic on Twitter, #EatDownTipUp.

Bourdain’s show will launch in early 2013 on CNN and CNNI.

Topics: Anthony Bourdain • CNN • CNN Digital • CNN Living • CNN Opinion • Social Media
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