About 

  • Ashley Codianni is Vice President of Brand & Digital Strategy where she lead the development and management of strategies and products across platforms, grew audiences, and built the brand and identity of Great Big Story.

    Codianni was previously the executive producer for social and emerging media at CNN Worldwide where she lead the social teams at all of the CNN bureaus globally and worked closely with the CNN Digital leadership in their editorial strategy. Her teams spanned publishing, newsgathering, digital and TV.

    Prior to that role, she was the senior director of social publishing for CNN, overseeing the publishing of social content across CNN's social platforms around the globe. Her first role at CNN was as a senior producer and digital correspondent for CNN Politics where she produced and oversaw digital video content for the network's CNN Politics team. On the campaign trail, on the road and at the bureau, Codianni creatively captured political news to deliver it to users in creative, compelling and highly sharable ways. She has traveled across the world to cover national elections, local politics and the major issues facing legislators.

    A social force, Codianni has earned attention for filing the first-ever Snapchat interview with a senator, playing Cards Against Humanity with members of congress, and repurposing Jimmy Kimmel's series of celebrities reading critical tweets of themselves for Washington with Congressmen and Congresswomen on Capitol Hill among other so-called 'viral' hits.

    While at CNN, Codianni has been the recipient of the first ever Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in social media for CNN's social coverage of the 2016 election, in addition to a Webby Award recognizing the same 2016 campaign work.

    Prior to joining CNN, Codianni was director of news video for Mashable, lead the Washington, DC bureau of NowThis News, and was a producer for MSNBC's Way Too Early and Morning Joe. At NowThis she oversaw the company's original and sharable political content and was instrumental in developing social mobile video for the outlet's political coverage, including Instagram-exclusive interviews with politicians like New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and Vine-exclusive segments of the government shutdown.

    Codianni graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in political science.