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CNN’s Recent Announced Promotions Come Amid Pressure from NABJ and Community Supporters

Tuesday, June 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kanya Stewart
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 25, 2019) – Since the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) publicly called out CNN in March for its lack of diversity among news managers and senior executives, two hiring moves have been made this month. 

CNN’s latest announcement is the promotion of Marcus Mabry to Vice President of Global Programming for CNN Digital Worldwide. NABJ congratulates Mabry, who is a Lifetime Member and respected editor and journalist. He will oversee all digital programming efforts across CNN's platforms and products including,, CNN Politics and CNN Business across mobile, social and desktop. Read NABJ’s congratulatory statement on Mabry here

Mabry’s promotion comes on the heels of CNN’s move last week to promote Johnita Due to SVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of its Sports & News Division. NABJ’s response to CNN’s announcement and congratulatory message from last week can be found here.

NABJ members, and supporting civic and civil rights organizations, have made it clear that they are in full support of NABJ’s ongoing campaign to call for the inclusion of black employees within the ranks of CNN's news leadership, as well as a review of CNN’s hiring and promotion practices of black employees.

While NABJ applauds the promotion of Mabry and Due to digital content and diversity and inclusion leadership roles, NABJ will continue to push for CNN to make hires and promotions in the areas of news vice presidents, senior vice presidents, executive vice presidents, and executive producers, which all have a daily and direct impact on news coverage. To not have black decision makers in these key news positions showcases a lack of commitment to diversity.

NABJ strongly believes that there are many internal and external black journalists and professionals who are worthy of those critical roles in the news arena. We fully expect to see announcements regarding those roles in the near future.

NABJ will continue its call for a civil rights audit of CNN's diversity record and is still pursuing a meeting with CNN's parent company head AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson. An AT&T representative indicated he agreed to meet with NABJ last fall. 

NABJ is encouraged that its activities are yielding steps in the right direction at CNN. However, NABJ will not pull back until an acceptable number of black employees are hired in critical senior positions at CNN and other media companies. This is not only important to the black community’s perspective and interests, but also to the next generation of black journalists.


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Kanya Stewart

Director of Communications

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