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Monday, July 25, 2011

Athena Jones Joins CNN Washington as Correspondent

Athena Jones will join CNN as a general assignment correspondent, it was announced today by Sam Feist, Washington bureau chief and senior vice president. Jones will report on a wide range of general news stories and will appear on programs across the network. Jones will be based in the Washington D.C. bureau and will begin her position with the network immediately.
“Athena will be an outstanding addition to our political team,” said Feist. “Her experience covering the White House, politics and international affairs are a perfect fit for the Washington bureau.”
“I’m excited to be joining the CNN team,” said Jones. “And look forward to getting started.”
Previously, Jones was a White House producer with NBC, where she wrote packages, produced story segments and reported on air for MSNBC and NBC News. Jones covered the Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns during the 2008 election cycle for NBC and the National Journal. Prior to NBC, Jones served as a freelance segment producer for CNN. From 2001 to 2003, Jones worked as a reporter for Reuters based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she covered the Argentine presidential elections as well as other general news stories. Prior to Reuters, Jones reported on politics and the economy in both Chile and Argentina for Bloomberg News.
Jones graduated cum laude from Harvard University and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She studied Spanish and European politics at the University of Madrid Complutense in Madrid, Spain; and studied Islamic studies at the American Research Center in Cairo, Egypt, with Duke University.

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Anonymous said...

I've been thinking for a while that CNN has very few African-American female reporters, so this good news. I hope to see her on the air soon.

Anonymous said...

Congrats. Sounds like she should be on CNN
International.CNN relies too much on pundits
rather than their own reporters. We can only
hope that she will improve political reporting
on CNN. Right now CNN follows the noise and
not the news and in many ways is responsible
for the poisoned political atmosphere. I am not
watching CNN for the 2012 campaign. CNN is
too close to the tea party and birthers. CNN is
a conduit to political discourse and in many
ways is responsible for the poisoned tone in
politics, Responsible journalism is no longer
the norm for a once great news channel.

Writing Junkie said...

All I can say is that I hope she makes a great addition to CNN. :)
Good luck!!!

Anonymous said...

Wish all the best to her, on paper she seems like a fantastic hire.

Anonymous said...

The squeaky wheels get the grease.
I don't know this person but I wish her well.