• Cathy Straight is executive editor of national news for CNN Digital, overseeing digital coverage of the top U.S. national news stories of the day.

      Straight leads a 24-7 team of news writers and editors who cover breaking national news, national trends and entertainment for a global audience. She partners with CNN television newsgathering units to set national coverage priorities, and she oversees CNN's award-winning 5 Things newsletter.

      In life before CNN, Cathy was Senior Assignment Editor for the national news team at USA Today, Managing Editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Assistant Managing Editor at The Tennessean. In 2005 she was part of a Knight Ridder team of journalists dispatched to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for local and national coverage of Hurricane Katrina for the Sun Herald newspaper, whose coverage won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

      Straight, a native of Mississippi, holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she was inducted into the School of Mass Communication and Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007.