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Machado leaves CNN, Sánchez moves to Miami

Machado leaves CNN, Sánchez moves to Miami

Alina Machado and Boris Sanchez

Alina Machado and Boris Sanchez.

Miami-based CNN correspondent Alina Machado is leaving the network. Boris Sánchez will replace her, starting in Miami on April 11. He’ll be covering Florida and the Southeast, but will also continue to deploy on major national stories.

In an email to staff this morning, Terence Burke, VP of Newsgathering, CNN/U.S announced the changes.

“I want to thank Alina Machado for her excellent work and her outstanding professionalism during her tenure at CNN. A few weeks ago Alina informed us that she would be leaving CNN at the end of her contract. We wish her all the best in her future pursuits,” he wrote.

Alina joined CNN in March of 2013 as an Atlanta-based correspondent and moved to Miami in February of 2014. Before CNN, she was a reporter for WSB-TV2 in Atlanta and WTVD ABC 11 in Raleigh.

Boris, hired in June of last year, moves from New York. He’ll be replaced there by WCBS’ Jessica Schneider.

Prior to CNN, Boris was an anchor at KDVR, the Fox affiliate in Denver and an anchor/reporter at ABC affiliate KRCR-TV in Redding, CA.

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Rolando Santos retires from CNN Chile

Rolando Santos retires from CNN Chile

Rolando SantosAfter a 25-year career with CNN in multiple executive roles, Rolando Santos, currently CEO of CNN Chile, is retiring from the company.

His last day is this Friday, April 1. He has decided to return to the United States after spending 9 years in Chile.

“It was time to come home and focus more on family,” he tells Media Moves. “One of my daughters is getting married this year and another is graduating from college and I want to spend time with them.”

He’ll be returning to Atlanta, where he still owns a home.

“For the next year, I’ll be dedicated to doing speaking engagements, consulting and coaching, until I find the right job,” he says. If that doesn’t happen within a year, Santos plans to move to San Antonio.

While he looks forward to the next phase in his professional journey, he says leaving his news team in Chile will be hard.

“I’ve been blessed with a 40-year career in the United States, working in English and Spanish-language, in front and behind the camera and internationally. Some of the most satisfying times in my career occurred in Chile, because I was able to change the news culture in the country and train the next generation of journalists that is now in charge of the news product.”

Before moving to Santiago, Santos was SVP for Affiliate Relations for CNN International, EVP and General Manager of HLN, and President of CNN en Español and CNN en Español Radio.

He joined CNN in 1993, starting out as Executive Producer and later News Director for CNN en Español, a division that produced international news in Spanish, before the launch of the 24-hour cable news network in 1997.

He has also held roles as News Director of KVEA Telemundo 52 and Assistant News Director at KTTV-FOX 11 News in Los Angeles, as well as jobs as news anchor, reporter, and producer at KPIX-TV in San Francisco, KSL-TV in Salt Lake City and KMOL-TV in San Antonio.

News Director Alejandro Repenning will lead CNN Chile upon Santos’ departure from the news channel.

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Valencia renews contract with CNN

Valencia renews contract with CNN

Nick ValenciaNick Valencia is staying with CNN for another two years. His new contract includes a title change from reporter/producer to correspondent. He’ll continue to be based in Atlanta.

Nick has always been very vocal about how excited he is to have been able to fulfill his dream of being a correspondent and grateful of the opportunity to grown within CNN.

He joined the cable network in March of 2006 as a teleprompter operator, later taking on the roles of associate producer for CNNI’s “Inside Africa,” and national and international desk editor.

He was promoted to national news reporter in 2013.

About his past 9 years at cable news network, Nick recently said: “The top brass at CNN saw something in me and gave me a chance to prove myself. It’s worked out for the both of us.”

Nick has been getting significant air time this year, covering top news stories, such as the Baltimore riots, the Charleston church shooting and the escape of Mexican drug lord El Chapo from prison.

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CNN names Sánchez NY correspondent, reassigns Flores

CNN names Sánchez NY correspondent, reassigns Flores

Boris SanchezBoris Sánchez has joined CNN as a correspondent in the NY bureau, effective immediately.

He joins CNN from KDVR, the Fox affiliate in Denver, where he anchored the 10 pm newscast and reported for Channel 2 News at 7 pm on the CW.

Prior to joining the Denver station in August of 2012, he worked as an anchor/reporter at KRCR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Redding, CA for two years.

Born in Cuba, Boris began his broadcast career as a news intern at WTVJ, the NBC O&O in his hometown of Miami.

With Boris’ arrival to NY, CNN is reassigning Rosa Flores to Chicago later this summer. Rosa Flores

Rosa had been based in the NY bureau since she was hired in July of 2013.

In an email sent to staff by Terence Burke, CNN’s VP of News Gathering, Rosa’s move is part of the network’s efforts to bolster its Midwest news operations.

According to Burke, “In addition to her domestic reporting, Rosa will continue to cover breaking news and enterprise stories in Latin America and will be reporting on Pope Francis’ travels to South America, Cuba and the U.S. later this year.”

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Navarrette parts ways with CNN, signs with Fox News

Navarrette parts ways with CNN, signs with Fox News

Ruben NavarretteCNN did not renew its contract with syndicated columnist and radio and television commentator Ruben Navarrette. He had been a paid contributor for the cable news network for the past five and a half years.

But that seems to be just fine with Ruben, who is now writing columns for FoxNews.com and will be appearing on various Fox programs.

Ruben says his criticism of how CNN covered “the wrong stories” may have rubbed some network execs the wrong way, as well as asking for a pay raise.

“My CNN columns got a ton of reaction, and I worked hard on them,” says Ruben. “That sort of thing deserves to be fairly compensated. They knew that the new contract was going to be more expensive than the old one, so that may have been a factor as well [for not seeking a contract renewal].

They didn’t fire me, mid-contract. My contract expired. They didn’t renew it. Happens all the time. Contributors come and go, at all networks. And they pop up elsewhere, often at higher salaries. I trust my audience will follow me wherever I go.”

Although Ruben had been under contract since January of 2010, he had been on air at CNN for 20 years.

“I had a really, really long run. I’m extremely grateful to CNN and the great people who work there. Now I’m excited to contribute to Fox News, and perhaps other networks. I’ve been contacted by a few. Latinos will figure prominently into the 2016 Presidential election. And so I imagine, as the most widely read Latino columnist in the country, I’ll be awfully busy and have lots to contribute,” he points out.

“I should make clear that I haven’t been banned from CNN. I can still go on air there whenever I want, and I still get invitations to go on from CNN bookers and producers in New York and Atlanta. But here’s the difference. Previously, while under contract, those appearances were paid. Now, like most appearances by most commentators on most networks, they won’t be. And so that won’t work for me.”

Ruben says he’s relieved that he’s no longer under an exclusivity contract.

“For the six years or so I was under contract at CNN, I was prohibited from going on other broadcast TV networks. During that time, I was often invited to appear on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” or MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” — shows that I’ve appeared on for many years — and I always had to say “no.” You miss out on a lot of other opportunities. Now I have the freedom to say “yes.”

Besides doing his TV rounds, Ruben will be writing five columns a week — for the Washington Post Writers Group, The Daily Beast, USA Today and FoxNews.COM.

The Harvard-educated journalist also hosts radio shows for Clear Channel in Los Angeles and San Diego and now runs an events business – “Ruben Navarrette Presents,” where he produces and books live interview programs with prominent Latino newsmakers and non-Latinos whose work impacts the Latino community.

“All while — in my most important job of all — making breakfast for my kids, packing lunches, shuttling them around, going to Little League and volleyball games,” he says. “It’s all good. I’m blessed.”

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García-Bell joins CNN

García-Bell joins CNN

Roxanne Garcia-BellRoxanne Garcia, who in December left NBC after 20 years with the company, is now Director of Newsgathering at CNN.

Based in Atlanta, she’s in charge of leading and coordinating the cable network’s domestic news coverage with the bureaus across the country. She joined CNN in March.

She reports to Terence Burke, VP of Domestic Newsgathering.

Roxanne left her job as NBC’s Director, South Region when the network moved her position to Miami.

Prior to her move to Atlanta in 2012, she was Deputy Director, North Region, based in New York. She was previously NBC News Bureau Chief in NY and also spent 6 years as a producer for NBC Nightly News.

Before joining NBC, she worked for Telemundo as a special projects producer.

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González joins CNBC as Director of Social Media

González joins CNBC as Director of Social Media

Anna GonzalezAnna González has left CNN in Atlanta, where she spent the last 4 years, to become Director of Social Media for CNBC. She is now based in the New York City metro area and reports to Kevin Krim, SVP and GM of CNBC Digital.

She’ll be responsible for leading CNBC’s social media team, helping grow the organization through creative social content and attracting and engaging its multi-platform audience.

Her first day at CNBC was Monday, March 30.

Anna’s last day as CNN’s Social Media Manager was Friday, March 13. She was previously a Multiplatform and Social Media Producer for HLN. She started at CNN as a National Assignment Editor in October of 2010.

She started her career in digital media as a Web Producer for KTVT, the CBS O&O in Dallas in 2005, and moved to TWC’s News 8 Austin (now Time Warner Cable News Austin) in 2009.

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Tanzina Vega leaves NYT for CNN

Tanzina Vega leaves NYT for CNN

Tanzina VegaAfter an 8-year run at the New York Times, Tanzina Vega is leaving the paper to join CNN Politics as a digital correspondent. She’ll continue to be based in New York.

She starts the new job on April 20.

In her new role, Tanzina will be covering the intersection of technology, politics and civil rights leading up to the 2016 presidential elections.

In a memo sent to staff, CNN Politics Executive Editor Rachel Smolkin described Tanzina’s role:

“She’ll look at innovative ways the 2016 campaigns are using technology, the evolution of micro targeting and new twists in voter registration. She’ll also mine the blending of technology and politics beyond the beltway, from grassroots movements to civil rights to hashtag activism on social media.”

Tanzina tweeted about the new job and thanked her colleagues at the NYT.

During her tenure at the NYT, Tanzina was a web producer, media reporter and national correspondent covering race issues. The paper moved her from that beat in January of this year to cover the Bronx court system as a metro reporter.

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FAA clears CNN to test drones for reporting

CNN drone

Photo courtesy CNN.

CNN will start using drones for reporting. The Federal Aviation Administration signed a research agreement with the cable news network to “advance efforts” to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in U.S. airspace for news gathering and reporting.

CNN is testing the camera-equipped drones with the help of the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

“Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism,” said David Vigilante, CNN’s senior vice president of legal.

The FAA currently bans drones for commercial use. Several news organizations, including The New York Times, the Associated Press, Gannett and Hearst, filed a legal brief with the NTSB in May of 2014, stating the ban violates “the First Amendment right to gather news” and that use of drones can benefit the public:

“Reports on traffic, hurricanes, wildfires, and crop yields could all be told more safely and cost-effectively with the use of UAS. Lower-cost aerial photography would help more newsrooms across the country bring more accurate and useful information to the public.”

In the brief, the news organizations argue:

“Unlike the FAA, for example, the Supreme Court recognizes that the publication of news is not a commercial activity comparable to the sale of goods and services. The First Amendment fully protects both for-profit and non-profit gathering and dissemination of news and information.”

Therefore, news organizations shouldn’t be included in the commercial use drone ban.

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Sanfuentes hired to oversee CNN’s White House coverage

Antoine SifuentesStarting January 5, Antoine Sanfuentes is joining CNN as Senior Supervising Producer, reporting to Adam Levine, Managing Editor of news gathering.

He’ll be in charge of overseeing coverage of the White House and Congress as the leader of the cable network’s newly combined White House and Capitol Hill beat.

Sanfuentes was Sr Vice President of News at NBC until January of this year. He left NBC after an almost 25 year career, when he was passed over for the news division’s top position. Although he had taken over the role after President Steve Capus resigned, NBC hired Deborah Turness – a former editor of Britain’s ITV News.

Sanfuentes spent a great part of his career at NBC working in D.C., working first a White House Producer, working his way up Deputy Bureau Chief – a role he held for 14 years, before getting promoted to Washington Bureau Chief in 2011. He was again promoted to SVP of News a year later.


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Rodríguez leaves CNN for SVP job at NBC News

Janelle RodriguezJanelle Rodríguez, VP of Programming at CNN for the past three years, is leaving the cable news network. She had been with CNN for 15 years.

Starting in January, she’ll be SVP of Editorial at NBC News, reporting to Deborah Turness.

In her new role, Rodríguez will be in charge of coordinating enterprise and original storytelling, as well as guiding breaking news coverage.

She’ll also oversee NBC News’ specialist editorial units, focusing first on investigations and medical, with more planned. Richard Esposito, Sr Executive Producer of the investigative unit will report to her, as well as the bookings unit.

When NBC News unveils an integrated digital and broadcast newsgathering Hub early next year, she’ll play a central role, generating editorial initiatives and driving long-range planning in close collaboration with all platforms.

In a memo sent out to staff on Tuesday, Turness wrote about the hire:

“We began the search for this position on the leadership team approximately six months ago, and in Janelle, we have found the right combination of skills and expertise.”

While at CNN, Rodríguez held a number of producer jobs, increasing in responsibility. Among her many roles: EP of “American Morning” and Sr producer for “Anderson Cooper 360” and “The Situation Room.”

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Ramos hit by CNN layoffs

Mari RamosWeather anchor Mari Ramos is no longer with CNN. She was among the hundreds of people recentnly laid off from the network. She signed off from the air last Wednesday.

CNN announced it was slashing about 1,500 jobs nationwide as part of its restructuring of the company.

Mari had been with CNN since 1999, presenting weather segments on CNN Newsroom, News Stream, World Business Today and CNN International. She has also appeared on CNN, Headline News and CNN en Español.

Before joining CNN in 1999, Mari worked as an on-camera meteorologist and reporter for The Weather Channel Latin America.

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