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CNN moves Machado to Miami

CNN moves Machado to Miami

Alina_Machado-trimmedCNN announced today that correspondent Alina Machado will be leaving Atlanta to be based in Miami for the network.  A Miami native, Alina joined CNN last year.

In a statement, Terence Burke, VP of domestic newsgathering for CNN/U.S. attributed the move to capitalizing on her “fluency in Spanish” to give the network “the opportunity for deeper and broader coverage across multiple platforms.”

When CNN hired her in March of last year, the network announced Alina would report for CNN, CNN en Español and CNN Latino, the syndicated news block that will cease to exist later this month.

Prior to CNN, Alina was a reporter for the ABC-TV affiliate WSB-TV2 in Atlanta and before that, she was at ABC 11 – WTVD in Raleigh.

 

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Sambolín leaves CNN

Sambolín leaves CNN

zoraida_sambolin-smallAfter two years with the network, Zoraida Sambolín is leaving CNN.  Her last day as host of “Early Start” is Friday, December 13.  She’ll be moving back to Chicago with her family.

Zoraida, a mother of two, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and underwent a double mastectomy. She’s currently cancer free.

“Walking away from morning television will be very difficult for me, it’s what I love and do best,” Zoraida says.  “My work this past year raising awareness about breast cancer was incredibly fulfilling and that will hold some prominence in my future plans as well.  For now I am going to huddle with my family and figure out which opportunities work best for us.”

When asked if she has plans to work in the Chicago market, Zoraida says she’s keeping her options open. “There are some great opportunities in Chicago that I’m exploring but I’d also like to keep a national presence.”

Her cancer scare has made her focus on what’s important.  On her Facebook page, she told fans: “This past year has been full of challenges, blessings and a tremendous amount of reflection. I have come to realize that in order for me to be happy, my family has to be my first priority.”

Before joining CNN in 2011, Zoraida spent 9 years at Chicago’s WMAQ, where she was a weekday morning anchor of NBC5 News Today in Chicago and special assignment reporter and fill-in news anchor for Telemundo.
 

 

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Valencia promoted to full time reporter at CNN

Valencia promoted to full time reporter at CNN

Nick ValenciaNick Valencia has just signed a new 2 year contract at CNN.  He is now national news reporter for the cable news network. His new position was officially announced on Monday.

Nick regularly appears across HLN, CNN International and CNN en Español, and files reports for CNN.com.

He has been at the network since March of 2006, starting out as a teleprompter operator, before moving to associate producer for CNNI’s “Inside Africa” and taking on roles as national and international desk editor.

 

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Cabrera joins CNN as Denver correspondent

Cabrera joins CNN as Denver correspondent

Ana CabreraEmmy award-winner Ana Cabrera joins CNN as a correspondent based in Denver. Terence Burke, VP of newsgathering for CNN/U.S. made the announcement today.

For the past 4 years, Ana was morning anchor for KMGH-TV 7 News, the ABC affiliate in Denver, where she covered local and national news.

She started her career as an anchor and reporter at NBC affiliate KHQ-TV and FOX affiliate KAYU-TV in Spokane, Washington in January of 2005. She previously interned for Denver’s CBS affiliate KCNC-TV and KMGH-TV.

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O’Brien joins Al Jazeera America

O’Brien joins Al Jazeera America

Soledad_Obrien-smallEmmy Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien has signed a deal with Al Jazeera America to be a special correspondent for the news channel scheduled to launch in August.

As part of the deal, she’ll contribute short-form segments as Special Correspondent to Al Jazeera America’s primetime current affairs magazine program “America Tonight,” through her production company, Starfish Media Group.  She’ll also produce hour-long documentary specials, according to a statement released today by the network.

“I look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories,” Soledad said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be back in business with Kim Bondy, who is a long-time friend and among the finest journalists in the broadcast news business today. With this agreement, Starfish continues its expansion as a cross-platform media company dedicated to compelling storytelling and enterprise journalism.”

Kim Bondy, “America Tonight’s” Sr Executive Producer, has worked with Soledad since 1997 at CNN.

Soledad was removed from the anchor chair and her morning show “Starting Point” at CNN was canceled earlier this year.  She then created her production company to produce documentaries.

Just a couple of weeks ago, she signed a content development deal with HBO and announced she would join “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

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O’Brien signs deal with HBO

O’Brien signs deal with HBO

Soledad O'brienSoledad O’Brien has signed a content development deal with HBO that gives the network first look at scripted projects and long-form programming concepts developed by her Starfish Media Group.

Soledad will also join “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, her first piece is about an innovative regimen at a San Diego fight club that helps veterans combat mental illness and PTSD.  It will air on the June 25 edition of “Real Sports.”

Soledad left CNN earlier this year after getting pulled off the anchor chair, when incoming President Jeff Zucker canceled her morning show and did a talent shuffle.

 

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Flores named CNN correspondent

Flores named CNN correspondent

Rosa FloresRosa Flores joins CNN as a New York City-based correspondent and substitute anchor.  She starts the new job in July.

She most recently anchored the late afternoon newscast at WBRZ, the ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge.

Before moving to Louisiana’s capital city, Flores covered enterprise and breaking news stories at WDSU-TV, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana.  

Before that, she reported for KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston and KWTV in Oklahoma City.

Flores is the author of “Progreso,” a history book about her hometown on the Texas-Mexico border.  

 

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Machado joins CNN

Machado joins CNN

Alina_Machado-trimmedAlina Machado has joined CNN as an Atlanta-based correspondent. The network announced Alina will report for CNN, CNN en Español and CNN Latino.

She was most recently a reporter for the ABC-TV affiliate WSB-TV2 in Atlanta and before that, she was at ABC 11 – WTVD in Raleigh.

Alina previously worked in Milwaukee as a bi-lingual anchor and correspondent for duopoly Telemundo WDJT-TV/CBS-58, serving as a general assignment reporter for WDJT CBS-58 in English, while anchoring for Telemundo in Spanish.

She started her broadcast journalism career at NBC-TV affiliate WGEM-TV in Missouri, while studying at the Medill School of Journalism.

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O’Brien pulled off anchor desk, new role at CNN

O’Brien pulled off anchor desk, new role at CNN

Soledad O'brienThere had been rumors for a couple of months, but now, they appear to be true. Soledad O’Brien will no longer anchor CNN’s morning show starting this Spring.  The cable net’s new chief, Jeff Zucker, apparently wanted to get rid of “Starting Point” even before he took over his new job in January.

She may be off the anchor desk, but Soledad won’t be leaving CNN.  The New York Times reports that she’s forming a production company and will produce documentaries for CNN on a nonexclusive basis.

Soledad is currently preparing two new installments of the “Black in America” franchise for CNN.

Zucker hired Chris Cuomo from ABC last month and is apparently intending to pair him with CNN’s 7 pm host Erin Burnett for the new morning show.

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Escobar named VP Talent Recruitment & Development at CNN

Escobar named VP Talent Recruitment & Development at CNN

Ramon EscobarRamón Escobar joins CNN Worldwide as Vice President of Talent Recruitment and Development. He’ll be based in New York and report to Amy Entelis, SVP, Talent and Content Development for CNN Worldwide. He starts the job next week.

Ramón was most recently Executive Vice President, Telemundo Network News, where he oversaw the entire network’s news division including all international news bureaus and the development of on-air talent. He left that post in September of 2011.  He was previously VP at Sucherman Consulting Group in New York.  

Before that, Ramón was Sr EVP of Entertainment, in charge of the network’s entertainment division and SVP, News & Creative services, Telemundo Stations Group, based in Miami. Prior to that position, he spent 2 years at MSNBC, first as Executive Producer and then as VP, Live Programming, responsible for all live news programming. He was previously also VP and News Director of WTVJ, the NBC O&O in Miami.

The Talent and Development department is a newly-created division overseen by Mark Whitaker, CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President and Managing Editor. Amy Entelis is the executive in charge of recruiting and developing talent, developing new programming and overseeing acquisitions strategy for CNN, HLN and other CNN platforms; and  Vinnie Malhotra oversees program acquisitions and development for CNN and HLN. 


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