April 20th, 2015
11:42 AM ET

CNN Honored with Two Peabody Awards

IMG_0742CNN has been honored with two prestigious Peabody Awards. The judges commended CNN’s Coverage of the Kidnapped Nigerian School Girls and CNN Investigative Reports: Crisis at the VA.

The judges' citations of CNN's reporting:
CNN’s Coverage of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls
CNN approached the Boko Haram kidnapping horror from many angles, even moving Isha Sesay’s daily show to Abuja to raise the profile of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Sesay’s tough, live-TV interviewing, along with high-risk field reporting of Nima Elbagir, Arwa Damon and other CNN journalists, made the network’s coverage comprehensive and indispensable.

CNN Investigative Reports: Crisis at the VA High-impact journalism, CNN’s investigation into delays in care at Veteran Affairs hospitals exposed a systemic VA breakdown, eventually leading to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, the passage of federal legislation, and a dramatic change in how veterans’ medical appointments are made, recorded and reported.

 


Topics: Arwa Damon • Awards • CNN • CNN International • Drew Griffin • Isha Sesay • Nima Elbagir
Novak Djokovic talks to CNN about winning Laureus Sportsman of the Year prize, chances at Roland Garros
April 15th, 2015
01:39 PM ET

Novak Djokovic talks to CNN about winning Laureus Sportsman of the Year prize, chances at Roland Garros

After winning the Laureus Sportsman of the Year award for the second time, world number one Novak Djokovic spoke to CNN’s Alex Thomas about taking the prestigious prize and his prospects at Roland Garros.

“This is certainly a crown for all the achievements I had in phenomenal 2014 season, that’s been highlighted with a Wimbledon trophy and a year end at number one of the world. And most importantly, my wedding and six months ago I had the honour to become a father…so all in all, it’s been the best year in my life so far,” said the 8-time grand slam champion.

When asked about his chances at Roland Garros and whether Rafael Nadal is beatable, Djokovic said: “Nobody’s unbeatable, I can tell you that. But he’s definitely an ultimate challenge on the clay courts.  He’s the king of clay. He has an incredible record at Roland Garros; he’s only lost one match in his entire career there, so - but he’s not the only player that I’m thinking about winning against on this surface. There’s Federer, of course, Wawrinka. I think it’s really a golden year of men’s tennis at this moment and I’m just trying to stay kind of self-disciplined and committed to this sport.”

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Topics: Alex Thomas • World Sport
CNN Enters New Phase in CNN Freedom Project to Expose Modern-Day Slavery
March 31st, 2015
05:27 AM ET

CNN Enters New Phase in CNN Freedom Project to Expose Modern-Day Slavery

2015 to see CNN air new investigations, news reporting and engaging digital content

CNN is bringing viewers a renewed series of reporting and programming about modern slavery in the ground-breaking and award-winning editorial initiative, CNN Freedom Project.

Throughout 2015, CNN will air stories that uncover and expose modern-day slavery including human trafficking, child labour and the sex trade. There will be a focus on turning engagement with CNN Freedom Project into action, with an emphasis on education and harnessing the passion of young people to make a difference.

The aim of CNN Freedom Project is to bring greater global awareness to the problem of modern-day slavery and translate this awareness into real concrete action by donor countries, international organisations, NGOs and private foundations. Through passionate storytelling, investigative journalism, documentaries, live events, and viewer involvement, the CNN Freedom Project helps educate, motivate, and unravel the complicated tangle of criminal enterprises trading in human life.

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March 12th, 2015
12:43 PM ET

Filmmaker discusses campus rape and allegations against fraternity in the headlines with CNN's Ashleigh Banfield

CNN's Ashleigh Banfield discusses sexual assault on college campuses and allegations against troubled SAE, a college fraternity recently also in the spotlight following recent revelations of a racist chant by members in a now-viral video of Oklahoma University chapter members.

Filmmaker Amy Ziering discusses THE HUNTING GROUND, a documentary she co-produced with fellow award-winning filmmaker Kirby Dick, with Banfield.  The film, now playing in New York and Los Angeles, opens more in several cities tomorrow, Friday, March 13, and includes allegations that involve the SAE fraternity and its culture.

THE HUNTING GROUND is executive produced by RADiUS and CNN Films.

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March 11th, 2015
12:23 PM ET

CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios team to launch short docs series beginning today with 'The 414s'

At the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, CNN announced a new series of short films representing a collaboration between CNN Films and CNN Digital Studios.  These original short films directed by established and rising filmmakers will premiere exclusively across CNN’s digital platforms.  The first series of films begins today, March 11, with the 12-minute film, THE 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers, which may be viewed now via www.CNN.com, CNN’s mobile properties (including CNNgo) and CNN’s social footprint.  No authentication is required to view the film.

Whether called “snooping,” “raiding,” or “hacking” – what began as surreptitious activity for fun, eventually grew more deliberate when, in 1983, Milwaukee teenagers Neal Patrick, Gerald Wondra, and Timothy Winslow began experimenting with computer networking using a relatively new technology: personal computers.  The boys called themselves “the 414s,” an homage to the telephone area code associated with their hometown. FULL POST

CNN Takes a Close Look Inside the Life of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and CNN’s Max Foster in the grounds of Birkhall, the royal couple’s private residence on the Balmoral estate.
March 5th, 2015
01:01 PM ET

CNN Takes a Close Look Inside the Life of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

CNN Spotlight: Charles and Camilla premieres Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 pm ET on CNN

Ahead of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s official U.S. tour, CNN will air CNN Spotlight: Charles and Camilla – The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall – a half-hour special that includes an exclusive interview with The Prince and new footage of the couple. The program is scheduled to air on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 pm ET on CNN.

Reported by CNN anchor and London correspondent Max Foster (@maxfostercnn), CNN Spotlight: Charles and Camilla gives viewers special access to the couple as they prepare for their joint visit to the U.S. March 17-20, a few weeks before their 10th wedding anniversary.  FULL POST


Topics: Max Foster
CNN Garners 5 Gracie Allen Awards
March 4th, 2015
01:22 PM ET

CNN Garners 5 Gracie Allen Awards

It was announced today that CNN has been honored by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation with five Gracie Allen Awards. CNN's recognitions include:

Elizabeth Cohen

Outstanding Original Online Programming – Series for The Empowered Patient

Patricia DiCarlo

Outstanding Director – News

Rachel Nichols

Outstanding On-Air Talent: Sports Program

Isha Sesay

Outstanding Anchor – News or News Magazine

Every Day in Cambodia: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary

Outstanding Documentary

A complete list of Gracie Allen Award winners can be found here: 2015 Gracie Award Winners

 

 

CNN Exclusive: Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather Jr. showdown
March 3rd, 2015
02:41 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather Jr. showdown

In an exclusive interview, world champion Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao tells CNN his eldest children are most excited about his upcoming bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr., saying they would be on the “front row” at the Las Vegas showdown on May 2.

"My son and my daughter, they really wanted this fight to happen…Three years ago [they said] 'Daddy, I want you to fight Mayweather. I want you to fight Mayweather.' I said, 'Why? It's not my fault. He doesn't want to fight.' And now finally now it finally happened. They really, really want to watch the fight."

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Topics: Ivan Watson • World Sport
Jordanian Interior Minister to CNN's Becky Anderson: "This is our war – not the West's war."
February 6th, 2015
03:13 PM ET

Jordanian Interior Minister to CNN's Becky Anderson: "This is our war – not the West's war."

Speaking to CNN’s Becky Anderson (@beckycnn) in Amman, Jordanian Interior Minister Hussein Majali says the war against ISIS is “our war – not the West’s.”

“We look at ourselves as principals in this coalition. This is our war. This is not the West’s war. We are the spearhead of this war.”

Majali continues: “His Majesty – in his latest visit just a few days ago to the States – I think he was promised extra assistance on military hardware, which will make our forces more effective and more sustained.”

On whether he’s satisfied by support from the U.S. and other allies:

“We are extremely satisfied. The United States have gone the extra mile for Jordan.”

On ISIS claim that Jordanian airstrikes killed an American hostage:

“This is another PR stunt by ISIS. They tried to cause problems internally in Jordan and haven't succeeded. They are now trying to drive a wedge between the coalition with this latest low PR stunt.”

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Topics: Becky Anderson • Connect the World • ISIS
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh gets firsthand look at devastated Donetsk airport
February 2nd, 2015
02:55 PM ET

CNN's Nick Paton Walsh gets firsthand look at devastated Donetsk airport

Amid active shelling by the Ukrainian military, CNN's senior international correspondent Nick Paton Walsh (@npwcnn) gets a firsthand look at the devastated Donetsk International Airport.

Walsh recalls flying out of this airport just six months ago, and now very little of it remains.

"Hard to imagine how just six months ago we were here flying out of Donetsk at this – what was then a state-of-the-art terminal. Just look at the destruction and how this symbolizes how far eastern Ukraine has fallen."

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Topics: Breaking News • Nick Paton Walsh • Ukraine
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