January 27th, 2011

CNN.com names new hires for World, Religion beats and weekend programming

Meredith Artley, vice president and managing editor of CNN.com, today announced four new positions cutting across the site’s World and Religion beats, as well as its programming on the weekends.

Amy Cox has been named the World Editor from CNN.com. Last year, she headed up the site’s first beat blog, Afghanistan Crossroads, and was one of the driving forces behind the Home and Away interactive and the Haiti iReport database. She led the digital efforts for Impact Your World and In America, and she has been integral in the development of numerous special reports through the years. In her new role, Cox will be responsible for serving international news to CNN.com’s U.S. audience — from top priority projects on global security, to foreign affairs, and a variety of new franchises and series.

Joining CNN.com’s new World Editor, Amar Bakshi is the site’s new World Producer. Based out of New York, Bakshi will work closely with Fareed Zakaria and his team as well as Time.com to build out CNN.com’s digital foreign affairs coverage. In 2007, he was at PostGlobal, the Washington Post’s blog hosted by David Ignatius and Zakaria. He then was tapped by The Washington Post to travel the world as a one-man-band to create “How The World Sees America,” a series of raw, personal multimedia reports on that topic. He has worked for the U.S. Ambassador at the UN, and is completing his master’s degree in advanced international studies from Johns Hopkins.

For the last many months, Dan Gilgoff has been a prolific, smart writer and editor for the CNN Belief Blog, and is being promoted to Religion Editor on CNN.com’s enterprise reporting team, lead by Jan Winburn. The religion beat is global, personal, political, and unites, divides and sparks passionate conversation. As a published author on religion and award-winning religion reporter, Gilgoff is the ideal person to lead CNN.com’s reporting efforts on this complex topic.

Recognizing that CNN.com’s weekend audience has different consumption behaviors that the weekday audience, the site also has named a new Weekend Editor, Kristi Keck Ramsay, to build a strategy around that and creatively program to it. For the last three years, Ramsay has been a critical member of CNN’s Best Political Team on the digital side; and she will apply her expertise in political reporting and knowledge of CNN’s Sunday shows to CNN.com’s weekend programming.