Delano Massey joined CNN in 2019 as a supervising producer to run the Washington-based team of producers, reporters and writers who cover the Justice Department, legal and criminal issues, Supreme Court, Department of Homeland security and immigration. Then, in the throes of a racial reckoning, he worked with CNN's President Jeff Zucker to launch the network's Race & Equality team, a hybrid unit providing news for all platforms. Massey led both teams until the summer of 2021, when he became the full-time Race and Equality team leader.
Massey was previously a deputy news director in Chicago for the Associated Press. He helped supervise all-formats coverage in the central United States, the 14 states stretching from Texas to the upper midwest. Among other things, he built the region's video editing operation from scratch, reorganized ap's shared news desk to be a cross-format operation focusing more on high-impact stories, and improving presentation on countless stories. Massey, a former cops and courts reporter, pushed the entire region to be more aggressive in the use of FOIA. And, as a leader of the race & ethnicity team, he helped the wire service tell a number of stories that otherwise would have gone untold or not told as well, including a package on the Red Summer of 1919 and award-winning coverage of the anniversary of the Little Rock Nine.
Before joining AP, Massey was digital director at WEWS, the ABC affiliate in Cleveland. He oversaw News 5's digital business and operations and led coverage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the NBA championship for the Cavaliers. Massey was formerly the projects and digital content executive producer at WKYT, where he helped the station increase its web traffic, led the transition from text alerts to push notifications and quarterbacked a site redesign in 2015. He was recognized in 2016 as the best digital journalist by the Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters.
Massey was previously the metro editor for the Herald-Leader in Lexington, where he led coverage of everything from extreme weather events to the Kentucky Derby and riotous behavior surrounding the University of Kentucky's NCAA championship. The twitter account, @hlpublicsafety, which Delano created and ran, received the McClatchy's President's award for coverage of the UK celebration, which turned violent during the Final Four.
Massey is a 2018 graduate of the Kiplinger program, the Poynter-NABJ leadership academy for diversity in digital media, Leadership Lexington, the ASNE-API Minority Leadership Institute and he received management training at the Maynard Institute's Media Academy at Harvard University.
As a reporter, Massey authored a weekly column and wrote several enterprise and feature stories at the Akron Beacon Journal, and covered cops, courts and city issues for the Belleville News-Democrat. Massey, a graduate of the University of Akron in his home state of Ohio, has won numerous awards for breaking news, general news, and investigative journalism.