About 

  • Dalila-Johari Paul is the Race and Equality team's senior editor based in Atlanta at CNN's global headquarters.

    Paul started as a digital news editor for CNN Digital in 2016 and was later promoted to supervisor for coverage on late night and early morning shifts. She's overseen breaking and ongoing news coverage of countless stories, most notably mass shootings in Las Vegas, Thousand Oaks in California and the El Paso Walmart massacre; and most recently the coronavirus global pandemic as well as the summer of protests over police shootings and America's racial reckoning.

    Before her time at CNN, she held various editorial positions at the Guardian US, CNBC and the Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey and the Hartford Courant in Connecticut. She started as a Metpro (Minority Editorial Training Program) trainee at Newsday in Long Island, New York. Her first day in the newsroom was Sept. 11, 2001.

    She has mentored and trained people across CNN, but her passion for paying it forward started as a teenager after she won a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund college scholarship for a story she wrote on homeless families in Queens, NY. She went on to cover race relations for a summer youth newspaper in Harlem and Queens and later assisted her mentor in training high school journalists. After graduating from college, she continued to volunteer and helped run several high school journalism after-school programs in the Bronx and Hartford.

    The Queens-bred New York City native holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and is hoping to complete a collection of short stories in 2021.