Kaylee Hartung Joins CNN As News Correspondent
April 17th, 2017
09:09 AM ET

Kaylee Hartung Joins CNN As News Correspondent

Kaylee Hartung joins CNN as a news correspondent based in Atlanta effective immediately, the network announced today. She will report for all of CNN’s television and digital platforms.

Prior to joining CNN, Hartung was a sports reporter for ESPN, where she worked live events, regularly appeared on SportsCenter and contributed to the network’s coverage of the College Football Playoffs, the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments and the College World Series. In 2016, she reported on the death of Vanderbilt University baseball pitcher Donny Everett and the flooding of her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During her five years with ESPN, she also hosted and reported for SEC Network and Longhorn Network.

Before ESPN, Hartung spent five years in the CBS News Washington bureau. She produced, photographed and edited reports for CBSNews.com. She also worked as an associate producer for Face the Nation and assistant to the program’s then-host Bob Schieffer, preparing research for Schieffer’s 2008 presidential debate and campaign coverage in 2008 and 2012. FULL POST

An Alternative Tour of Los Angeles Kicks off Season Nine of CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Sunday April 30 at 9pm
April 11th, 2017
10:52 AM ET

An Alternative Tour of Los Angeles Kicks off Season Nine of CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Sunday April 30 at 9pm

New Edition of Prime Cuts Features Season Eight Highlights with a Preview of Season Nine

(April 11, 2017) Season nine of the top-rated Emmy and Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown begins on Sunday, April 30 at 9pm ET/PT with a Latino-themed trip to Los Angeles.

The eight-episode season also features tours of San Sebastian, Laos, Queens, NY, Antarctica, Oman, Trinidad and Porto, Portugal.

Airing on Sunday, April 23 at 9pm ET, is the latest edition of Prime Cuts, in which series executive producer Chris Collins (off-camera) asks Bourdain to reflect upon last season’s locations, and provide a preview of upcoming episodes.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown follows the world-renowned chef and best-selling author as he travels the globe to uncover the little-known, off-the-road, and sometimes seemingly-familiar areas of the world in a celebration of their diverse foods and culture.

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CNN Launches New Digital Venture "Explore Parts Unknown”
April 5th, 2017
07:38 AM ET

CNN Launches New Digital Venture "Explore Parts Unknown”

Explore Parts Unknown is a mobile-first immersive guide featuring original stories and video, premium photography, and engaging interactives inspired by the Emmy-winning CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. The experience will allow users to recreate Anthony Bourdain's journeys and dive deeper into the people, places, and stories he’s encountered.

Explore Parts Unknown is an editorial partnership between CNN and Roads & Kingdoms – an independent journal of food, politics, travel and culture based in New York and Barcelona. Together, we have built a digital universe for the Bourdain super-fan, enabling you to learn what Tony knows, go where he went, eat what he ate, and drink what he drank. Born from Bourdain’s contagious passion for culture, food, travel and adventure, Explore Parts Unknown highlights our shared obsessions: authentic food, culture, people, travel; continuing the conversations Tony starts beyond the TV screen. FULL POST

Season Two of the Emmy-Nominated CNN Original Series "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell" Premieres Sunday, April 30, at 10PM ET/PT
April 3rd, 2017
05:28 PM ET

Season Two of the Emmy-Nominated CNN Original Series "United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell" Premieres Sunday, April 30, at 10PM ET/PT

NEW YORK April 3, 2017 – The critically-acclaimed, Emmy-nominated CNN Original Series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell returns for its second season on Sunday, April 30, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The eight-episode docuseries follows sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell as he explores subcultures across the country, using comedy to start a conversation about race and how our differences unite and divide us. Each hour-long episode strives to show the country is not built upon just one, but many diverse and colorful definitions of America.

The second season will cover topical issues including immigration, gun control and violence in Chicago, as well as explore the experiences of Muslims, Puerto Ricans, Chinese Americans and Native Americans in this country. In the season two premiere, Kamau heads to D.C. and its multicultural suburbs to hear the stories of immigrants and refugees, and sits down with Richard Spencer, leader of the white supremacist think tank the National Policy Institute. FULL POST

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CNN PRESENTS “All Access at the Final Four: A CNN-Bleacher Report Special”
March 31st, 2017
11:10 AM ET

CNN PRESENTS “All Access at the Final Four: A CNN-Bleacher Report Special”

CNN PRESENTS “All Access at the Final Four: A CNN-Bleacher Report Special”

Hosted By CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield and Turner Sports Analyst Steve Smith

Airs Saturday, April 1 at 2:30PM/ET

From the heart of March Madness celebrations in Phoenix, join CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield and Turner Sports Analyst Steve Smith as they lead our all access coverage of the NCAA Final Four. CNN takes you inside this American phenomenon with a behind-the-scenes look at the event, the personalities and the celebration that extends far beyond the court. 

The half-hour program will focus on the NCAA Final Four teams – The University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina, University of Oregon and Gonzaga – featuring interviews with the Final Four coaches by CNN Sports Correspondents Coy Wire from Phoenix and Andy Scholes from Atlanta. FULL POST


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CNN Debuts "Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History" On Thursday, April 20, at 10:00 PM ET
March 29th, 2017
02:51 PM ET

CNN Debuts "Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History" On Thursday, April 20, at 10:00 PM ET

New CNN Original Series Features Interviews with Music Legends Including Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson, Paul Simon and Pat Benatar among others  

Exclusive Soundtracks Playlists Available Only on Apple Music

 NEW YORK – March 29, 2017 – Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History, from executive producers Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia (Seven Bucks Productions) and Emmy and Peabody Award winners Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre (Show of Force), will premiere Thursday, April 20, at 10:00 p.m. ET on CNN. The new eight-part, hour-long CNN Original Series explores the music tied to pivotal moments in history. From the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall – every episode will illuminate how music has played an integral role in celebrating, criticizing, and amplifying these seismic events in our collective history. Hiram Garcia and Brian Gewirtz (Seven Bucks Productions), Joshua Bennett and Mira Chang (Show of Force), and Amy Entelis and Lizzie Fox (CNN) also serve as executive producers. FULL POST

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CNN HAS MOST-WATCHED FIRST QUARTER SINCE 2003
March 28th, 2017
01:37 PM ET

CNN HAS MOST-WATCHED FIRST QUARTER SINCE 2003

Strong #2 in Cable News in Total Day, Dayside and Prime Time Demo 

Tops MSNBC for 12 Straight Quarters 

CNN Beats MSNBC 23 Out of 24 Hours in Demo

New Day Tops Morning Joe for Second Straight Quarter; 

State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Fareed Zakaria GPS Rank #1 in Demo 

CNN had its most-watched first quarter in 14 years (since 1Q 2003) among both adults 25-54 and total viewers. Among all quarters, the network posted its second highest quarterly ratings in total day (25-54 and total viewers) and 3rd highest in prime time (25-54) since 4Q 2008.

For the quarter that ended on Sunday (January-March), CNN ranked #2 in cable news, with all key programs posting record ratings and growing double digits compared to a year ago. CNN topped MSNBC in total day (25-54, total viewers) and in prime time (adults 25-54) for the 12th straight quarter, the longest quarterly streak in more than eight years (since 4Q 2008). FULL POST


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Overseas Press Club Honors CNN for 'Undercover in Syria' Series
March 21st, 2017
10:33 AM ET

Overseas Press Club Honors CNN for 'Undercover in Syria' Series

The Overseas Press Club of America has honored CNN’s ‘Undercover in Syria’ series with the David Kaplan Award for Best TV or video spot news reporting from abroad. They will present the award, which honors the finest international reporting, at its annual ceremony on Thursday, April 27 in New York. CNN President Jeff Zucker will be on hand to deliver the keynote address.

Reported by senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward and produced by Salma Abdelaziz, ‘Undercover in Syria’ took viewers inside rebel-held territory for an exclusive series of reports on what life was like under the bombs. CNN was the only Western media to witness the effects of Russian bombardment first hand and go inside the devastation of rebel-held Aleppo.

“The Overseas Press Club is one of the oldest and most respected collection of journalists in the business,” says Ward. “It's hugely exciting to win this award, and particularly for a story that I truly believe the world needed to see and hear.” FULL POST


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CNN Films Debuts UNSEEN ENEMY for World Health Day Presentation
March 17th, 2017
01:01 PM ET

CNN Films Debuts UNSEEN ENEMY for World Health Day Presentation

The world’s urgent call to action on pandemics like Zika, Ebola, flu has global premiere April 7

UNSEEN ENEMY, about the potential looming crisis of disease pandemics, will debut as a CNN Films broadcast for a World Health Day presentation Friday, April 7 at 10:00pm Eastern on CNN/U.S.  The film is exclusively presented by Johnson & Johnson.  All broadcasts will have limited commercial interruptions.

UNSEEN ENEMY is narrated by Emmy® and Golden Globe award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright and is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Janet Tobias.  CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, MD, is an executive producer and consultant for the film.  Philanthropist Paul G. Allen, known for his catalytic leadership during the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, is also an executive producer.

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CNN’S ARWA DAMON RETURNS TO MOSUL IN NEW HOUR-LONG SPECIAL
March 1st, 2017
09:11 AM ET

CNN’S ARWA DAMON RETURNS TO MOSUL IN NEW HOUR-LONG SPECIAL

'Return to Mosul' airs Saturday, March 4 at 8pm GMT on CNN International

Nearly two months after spending 28 hours under siege in ISIS-held Mosul, CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon and photojournalist Brice Laine return to the embattled city to find out what happened after they escaped.

Reuniting with the soldiers from the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Force with which they were traveling and the families who sheltered them after ISIS militants attacked their convoy, Damon takes viewers inside this harrowing experience as the battle for Mosul continues.

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