Since joining CNN in 2008 Emanuella has played key roles in the growth of CNN Digital's editorial strategy. She started as a general assignment reporter, covering crime and justice and immigration, and was part of the team that launched the network's first breaking news blog. As a features writer/producer she expanded CNN Digital's coverage of race, gender and identity and was part of the network's first trending news team. She returned to breaking news in 2016 with a focus on the intersection of race and gender and the criminal justice system.