From CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist: "We are thrilled to announce that Joe Johns has been promoted to CNN's Senior Washington Correspondent. In his time at CNN and particularly during his time as our Justice correspondent, Joe has proven to be an outstanding reporter, storyteller, and broadcaster. In recent months, in addition to relying on Joe's coverage of Crime and Justice, we've also leaned on him for coverage of healthcare.gov, the IRS, Hillary Clinton's political future, the Chris Christie controversy, and the list goes on. It has become clear that with a midterm election campaign and a presidential campaign on the horizon, we will need Joe's storytelling and reporting in areas that extend far beyond the Justice Department. And Joe Johns is the perfect correspondent to fill this need."
CNN today announced a multiplatform programming effort for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Dynamic enterprise programming will begin on Friday, Aug. 23, and include a new documentary of rare oral histories of the March, opinion editorials authored by key figures in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s on the legacy of the event, and curated photo galleries that will supplement the network’s coverage of the live commemorative activities in the nation’s capital. The network will also carry coverage of President Barack Obama’s remarks from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
“The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was an extraordinary event of immeasurable impact upon the nation – and the world,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide. “CNN is uniquely positioned to offer multidimensional, enterprise coverage that is both reflective and forward-looking to mark this once-in-a-lifetime anniversary,” he said. FULL POST
In an encore presentation to air on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8:00pm and 11:00pm ET and PT, CNN senior correspondent Joe Johns investigates the impact of tough new voter laws with a particular focus on 80 new voting law changes in the battleground state of Florida – and how those changes may affect the outcome of the 2012 presidential election for Voters in America: Who Counts.
Supporters of Florida House Bill 1355, including sponsor State Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) and national voter ID advocate Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) say that they want to secure the election from voter fraud. Former Florida GOP chairman, Jim Greer tells Johns that the state’s new voting law was developed during a series of meetings following the high minority turnout in the 2008 presidential election. And, opponents to the bill like LaVon Bracy, a long-time Orange County Florida voter registration activist, says she feels sponsors of the law intend “to suppress the minority vote.” Deidre Macnab, president of Florida’s the League of Women Voters (LWV), says the consequence of the new registration form filing deadline, which includes the risk for a $5,000 fine and potential felony prison penalty for false registration, forced her organization to stop registering voters in the state. Johns speaks to people on all sides of the debate and reports independent analysis of voter fraud data.
CNN senior correspondent Joe Johns investigates the impact of tough new voter laws in Voters in America: Who Counts on Sunday, Oct. 14. The one-hour documentary focuses on new legislative voting changes in the battleground state of Florida and how those changes may affect the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.
Who Counts will debut on CNN/U.S. in a special primetime presentation on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET and PT. FULL POST
CNN senior correspondent Joe Johns previewed his investigation into the impact of voter ID laws on today's edition of The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. Johns' one-hour documentary, Voters in America: Who Counts, focuses on new legislative voting changes in the battleground state of Florida and how those changes may affect the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.
Who Counts debuts on CNN/U.S. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET and PT.