Executives
Jon Klein

Jonathan Klein is president of CNN/U.S., responsible for all programming, newsgathering and the strategic direction of the 24-hour cable news network. He was named to the position in November 2004.

Under Klein’s leadership CNN has enjoyed resurgence in reputation, ratings, and profitability via innovative approaches to delivering in-depth, non-partisan, world-class journalism.

During Klein’s tenure, CNN has garnered all of the top journalistic awards - including three Peabody Awards, two Columbia duPonts, and seven Emmy Awards – for exceptional coverage of a broad range of major world events including the devastating South Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the 2006 midterm elections, the 2008 Presidential election, business and investigative reporting, as well as for its in-depth documentaries.

CNN dominated political coverage throughout the historic 2008 presidential elections, with CNN winning most political nights in cable news and, for the first time ever, topping one or all the broadcast networks during major news events including the Democratic and Republican conventions, presidential commission debates and Election Night.

A former documentary producer, Klein has directed a significant investment in documentary, long-form, investigative, and enterprise reporting. He reinvigorated the CNN Presents documentary franchise by focusing the team’s efforts around multi-hour special reports on major national and global issues, such as In the Footsteps of Bin Laden, God’s Warriors and Scream Bloody Murder reported by Christiane Amanpour; Planet in Peril reported by Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta; and Black in America, Black in America 2, and Latino in America reported by Soledad O’Brien. CNN has become the most honored documentary unit in cable news and in July 2009, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that CNN’s documentary unit will receive the President’s Award for the network’s long-standing commitment to excellence in documentary programming.

In addition, Klein oversaw creation of the CNN Special Investigations Unit, whose in-depth investigative reporting augments CNN’s daily news and long-form coverage. Under Klein’s aegis, CNN has also embraced user-generated news coverage, pioneering the iReport initiative and cutting-edge integration of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook into daily news coverage.

Prior to joining CNN, Klein founded The FeedRoom, one of the first broadband video companies, in 1999, serving as president and CEO. The FeedRoom became one of the leading online broadcasters, streaming more than one million clips daily on behalf of clients including Wal-Mart, General Motors, NBC, CBS, Reuters, Cisco, and the Department of Defense.

Klein spent sixteen years at CBS News, serving in a number of positions from 1982-1999, including executive vice president overseeing 60 Minutes and 48 Hours; creator, executive producer and director of the network’s first-ever reality series, Before Your Eyes; field producer at 48 Hours; senior producer for CBS News’ 1991 Gulf War coverage; and broadcast producer for CBS Morning News and CBS Evening News Weekend. At CBS he won Emmy Awards for coverage of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1986; Hurricane Hugo in 1989; and the story of a burn victim in 1997. The latter also earned a Peabody Award, in addition to the Peabody Klein won for coverage of the anti-abortion movement in 1989. In 1997, Klein conceived and served as executive producer for the CBS News documentary Inside the Jury Room, in which network television cameras were permitted for the first time to observe jury deliberations in a criminal trial. The documentary won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton award.

Klein began his television career in 1980 as a news producer at WLNE in Providence, R.I.. He also wrote the story for the TNT original film, Buffalo Soldiers, a 1997 historical drama starring Danny Glover.

Klein graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in History. He is married to Jennifer Snell, with whom he has two children.

 

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