CNN DIGITAL EXECUTIVES
CNN Digital's executive team guides the overall award-winning editorial coverage and business strategy for CNN.com, CNN Mobile, video, international and iReport.
Andrew Morse, Senior Vice President, CNN U.S. and GM CNN Digital
Meredith Artley, Editor in Chief of CNN Digital
Karen DeGrammont, vice president of global strategy and business intelligence for CNN Digital
Mike Toppo, vice president and senior editorial director
Alex Wellen, Chief Product Officer
Senior Vice President, CNN U.S. and GM CNN Digital
Andrew Morse is senior vice president of CNN U.S. overseeing CNN's domestic newsgathering and digital editorial efforts. He is based in New York.
Previously, Morse served as head of Bloomberg Television in the U.S., where he oversaw editorial, programming, operations, and development. In addition, Morse worked across Bloomberg's print, radio, mobile, and digital media properties to further its digital newsgathering operations.
Prior to that, he oversaw ABC News' digital portfolio among many other responsibilities during the 15 years he spent working at ABC. Over the years, Morse served in various key roles including executive producer of "Good Morning America Weekend," senior producer for "World News Saturday and Sunday," ABC News Asia bureau chief and producer, and assignment editor and producer at ABC News' London bureau.
He began his career as a news desk assistant at ABC News' Washington D.C. bureau in 1996 and was one of the original staffers of ABCNews.com.
Morse is a graduate of Cornell University.
Editor in Chief of CNN Digital
Meredith Artley is editor-in-chief of CNN Digital leading the editorial efforts both domestically and internationally. Named to this position in November 2014, Artley is based in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta.
Artley is responsible for all of the network's digital content creation worldwide across its mobile, social and desktop platforms and products. She will also oversee the programming of CNN.com, CNNi.com and CNNMoney.
With more than thirteen years of working as a journalist and online editor, Artley previously held positions at LATimes.com, International Herald Tribune, and NYTimes.com.
In her previous position at LATimes.com, Artley was responsible for all editorial initiatives, from the vision of the site to the daily execution, as well as the site's recently unveiled redesign. Under her leadership, the site more than doubled its traffic, becoming the fastest-growing website among the nation's largest newspapers; and won several journalism awards.
Prior to joining LATimes.com, she served as digital development director for the International Herald Tribune's web operation in Paris, where she led the strategy and day-to-day editorial execution. Previously, she was the associate editor at NYTimes.com, where she managed the team of producers and editors who published the site.
In 2000, Artley was part of the Pulitzer-prize winning team for the New York Times' "Race in America" series. She is currently an active member of the Online News Association.
Artley received her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri.
vice president of global strategy and business intelligence for CNN Digital
Karen DeGrammont is the vice president of global strategy and business intelligence for CNN Digital. In this role, she is responsible for developing the business and product strategy for CNN‘s digital brands globally, identifying value-maximizing growth opportunities, including emerging products, markets, and geographic territories. DeGrammont informs the business direction of core and future product development, collaborating with cross-functional teams to develop the product roadmap. She also serves as the business lead for major acquisitions, partnerships and new business initiatives. DeGrammont is based in Atlanta and reports to Alex Wellen, vice president of products and operations for CNN Digital.
Prior to joining CNN Digital, DeGrammont served as vice president of strategic planning and corporate development at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. While there, DeGrammont developed and evaluated strategic business opportunities for the CNN News Group, while also overseeing the company's acquisition and investment efforts. Her research and analysis contributed to the development of CNN iReport, the network's user-generated news site. During her tenure, she also held titles as both manager and director of strategic planning.
DeGrammont began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company, a management consulting firm. There she developed and implemented strategic operational solutions for firms in various industries including retail, financial services and consumer products.
DeGrammont is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications and the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communication (NAMIC).
She serves as a board member of the Atlanta Heights Charter School in Atlanta. DeGrammont is an alumnus of the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program and the WICT Betsy Magness Executive Leadership Development Program, which aim to empower minority and women corporate leaders respectively.
DeGrammont earned a bachelor of science in commerce with a concentration in finance from the University of Virginia, for which she received highest distinction.
vice president and senior editorial director
Michael Toppo is the vice president and senior editorial director for CNN Digital. In this role, he oversees the CNN.com homepage where he balances audience delivery, TV content integration and strong editorial programming. He provides editorial strategy for the features sections such as entertainment, health, living, travel and tech. Toppo also manages a cross-platform programming team to help connect CNN audiences across digital and television while continuing to lead the Video OnDemand teams and the original video team. He is based at the CNN world headquarters in Atlanta and reports to Meredith Artley, vice president and managing editor for CNN Digital.
Previously, Toppo worked as the senior director for news operations and production, where he was responsible for the production, presentation and integration of content across CNN Digital. Toppo also oversaw the video team and led the TV/Web integration team that coordinates story coverage with the programs and newsgathering divisions across CNN Worldwide. He was the former supervising producer for news production for CNN Digital where he managed the daily editorial coverage including breaking news of the Mumbai terror attacks and the death of Michael Jackson.
Toppo spent 12 years covering live breaking news and producing various programs for CNN television. From 2006-2007, he oversaw production of CNN's dayside programming as the senior executive producer for CNN Newsroom. Toppo was also the executive producer for CNN's daily newscast Live From. Before Live From, he was an executive producer for CNN's TalkBack Live with Arthel Neville, television's first interactive talk show. Toppo joined CNN TalkBack Live in 1996 as a producer and was promoted to senior producer in 1997. In this capacity, he helped guide the overall direction and development of the program.
Before joining CNN, Toppo worked at WKBW-TV in Buffalo, N.Y., where he was the producer for A.M. Buffalo, the station's morning news program. While at WKBW-TV, he received an Emmy Award nomination for a show on SuperBowl XXVII.
Toppo earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Buffalo State College.
Chief Product Officer
Alex Wellen is CNN's Chief Product Officer, responsible for the product, technology, and strategic vision of CNN's mobile, web, video, TV, data, and emerging platforms. He also oversees the global business operations for CNN's digital platforms. Wellen previously served as vice president of business, products, and strategy. Wellen is based in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta.
Wellen has helped set the vision and implement a globally integrated programming and product strategy to build highly scalable, innovative global products that resonate with consumers, grow revenues and strengthen brands. In 2011, he oversaw the reinvention and launch of the new CNN.com video experience as well as CNN's "TV Everywhere" product line, which streams the linear TV channels 24-7 to more than 80 million subscribers.
Since joining CNN in 2005, Wellen has held a series of roles for CNN Worldwide, including senior executive producer for integrated programming on behalf of CNN/US, where he spearheaded CNN Worldwide's strategy to integrate CNN/US programming and CNN Digital's editorial content and products across all platforms and devices. Wellen was also deputy political director for digital content. His contributions to Election Night 2006 earned his team an Emmy Award. The network's multi-platform coverage of the 2008 presidential primary campaigns, debates, and Election Night 2008 earned CNN a National Headliner and Peabody Award. In addition to his work in the CNN Political Unit, Wellen was a senior producer and on-air legal analyst for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
Wellen has also been published in the New York Times, ZDNet, MSNBC, CNET, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and SF Magazine as well as appeared on a wide range of syndicated television and radio programs. He co-created, executive produced, and co-hosted 100 episodes of the TechTV series, CyberCrime, the first and only investigative TV series devoted to covering high-tech crime. The Emmy Award-winning series lasted three years and was syndicated worldwide.
Before working in media, Alex Wellen was a high-tech intellectual property litigator at the New York law firm Pennie & Edmonds. He has published two novels with Random House and is the inventor on a half dozen patents. Wellen holds a law degree from Temple University and a systems engineering degree from Rutgers.