Deborah Rayner is Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering, TV and Digital for CNN International. Based at CNN's headquarters in Atlanta, she oversees CNN's international newsgathering including the International Desk, all international bureaus, correspondents, producers and international digital editorial content.
Appointed to this role in 2014, Rayner has orchestrated a number of award-winning stories for CNN including the 2016 Royal Television Society (RTS) 'Best Breaking News Coverage' award for Paris attacks (2016) and the 2015 George Foster Peabody Award for the network's coverage of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.
Rayner previously served as Vice President and Managing Editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based in CNN's London bureau, she oversaw the network's operations and staff within this region, developing CNN's editorial coverage strategy. During her tenure, CNN International was twice named the RTS 'News Channel of the Year' in 2013 and 2014.
She joined CNN as director of CNN International Productions in October 2008, and was appointed Managing Editor in December of the same year. In this role Rayner oversaw the launch of all London-based prime time programming as part of the network's new EMEA prime time line up, including the popular Quest Means Business and Connect the World programs. She also brought the network's monthly documentary series 'World's Untold Stories' in-house -which has gone on to win multiple international media awards - and she continues to oversee the development of a range of new program strands. She spearheaded the network's coverage of major events such as the London Olympics and the British Royal Wedding, and headed up CNN's reporting on major news stories from the Arab Spring and the conflict in Syria, the emergence of ISIS, the war in Ukraine and the Nairobi Westgate attack, among others.
Rayner has an exceptional track record in producing dynamic news content, field-producing and film-making around the world and she has also run her own production company that produced documentaries for networks such as PBS and CBC. During her 25-plus years in broadcast journalism, she has set an international standard for innovative news coverage and independent film making. For more than 10 years under her stewardship as senior foreign editor, Channel 4 News in the UK achieved award-winning coverage of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; the Israel-Hezbollah war; and a run of first live programs from inside Iran with news presenter Jon Snow. She has nurtured a stable of diverse talent, reflecting her unerring commitment to original journalism, and a reputation for agenda-setting reportage.
Rayner has been instrumental in launching new and innovative news broadcasts and winning numerous awards, including the RTS, BAFTA, EMMY, Amnesty International and New York Television Festival Awards for domestic and international commissions.