Christopher Crommett is senior vice president of CNN en Español, CNN's Spanish-language division. Crommett oversees all aspects, including newsgathering, editorial content, programming, production, operations and personnel, of the CNN en Español 24-hour television network and CNN en Español RADIO.
In addition to an extensive bilingual staff at CNN headquarters in Atlanta, CNN en Español's operations include a newsgathering and production hub in Mexico City and a fully staffed bureau in Buenos Aires, Spanish-speaking personnel based at the CNN bureaus in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Jerusalem, and a worldwide network of nearly 50 Spanish-speaking contributing journalists.
Crommett also serves on the board of directors of CNN en Español's sister channel in Spain, CNN+.
Since joining CNN as a producer-writer in 1990, Crommett has played a key role in CNN's Spanish-language coverage of major global events ranging from the 1991 Gulf War through the 2005 hurricane season. He served as assignment manager and managing editor for Noticiero CNN Internacional, moving up to news director prior to the launch of CNN en Español in March 1997. The following year, Crommett was promoted to vice president and news director.
Under Crommett's direction, CNN en Español received the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award for "Outstanding Investigative Reporting," the first time a non-English-language news organization has received this distinction; the Martín Fierro Cable Award from the Association of Argentine Radio and Television Journalists for "Efficiency in International Journalistic Coverage;" the INTE (U.S. Spanish-language television industry) award for "Best News Network;" and the "Best Foreign Newscast" award from the Mexican Press Club.
CNN en Español has also received 11 BDA Design Awards, the most prestigious recognition in broadcast media design.
Crommett is a lifetime member and former regional director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and has earned several professional distinctions, including the National Eagle Leadership Institute's "Eagle Award." Crommett also sits on the board of the Atlanta-based non-profit Health and Education Relief Organization (HERO), dedicated to building schools and clinics in Haiti.
Before joining CNN, Crommett worked in the New York market as news director at WXTV Univisión Channel 41 and later at WADO-AM Radio. He began his career in Puerto Rico as news director at WOSO-AM and later at all-news WKAQ Radio Reloj, while also reporting for the CBS Radio Network. He was the first news anchor and assistant news director at WPRV-TV Channel 13 in San Juan, founded in 1985. He also served for a year as press secretary to Puerto Rico's resident commissioner in the U.S. Congress.
Born in the United States and raised in Puerto Rico, Crommett has native fluency in Spanish and English. He graduated with honors from Haverford College in Pennsylvania.