Senior Director of Coverage
Allison Flexner is a Senior Director of Coverage based at the network's global headquarters in Atlanta.
Allison Flexner is Senior Director of Coverage based at the network's headquarters in Atlanta. In this role she manages CNN's domestic newsgathering operations for the national desk, collaborating across all platforms, overseeing news editors and working closely with regional bureaus and reporting teams.
Throughout her time in this role, she's led the newsgathering team through breaking news stories that include coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, Kobe Bryant's death, Hurricane Dorian, the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, protests and riots in Ferguson, MO following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer.
Flexner also has extensive experience with international newsgathering and programming. She was a Supervising Producer with CNN's International channel, handling the network's coverage of the 2012 U.S. election, covering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and producing sponsored and award winning long-form programming.
Flexner was a field producer in CNN's Miami bureau, most notably being on the ground right after the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City, for the War in Afghanistan and the Columbia space shuttle disaster. She was also based in the CNN Havana, Cuba bureau as a Field Producer and Bureau Manager during the regime of Fidel Castro.
Flexner began her career at CNN in 1992, working on the International Assignment Desk as a News Editor, Field Producer and Supervising Editor, frequently traveling to the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Latin America for conflicts, political upheaval and humanitarian crises.
She graduated with honors from the University of Georgia.