• Gena Somra is a Sr Producer for CNN International. An Emmy and Peabody award winning journalist with more than two decades of experience, she is drawn to stories that expose injustice and inequality as well as stories that highlight the redemption of the human spirit.

    Since joining CNN in 1997, Gena Somra has traveled to some of the world's hotspots, including Yemen, Pakistan, Russia, and Nepal.

    In Kathmandu she profiled the 2010 CNN Hero of the Year Anuradha Koirala- later serving as producer on the long form CNN documentary about Koirala's efforts to rescue sex trafficking victims through her nonprofit organization Maiti Nepal, titled "Nepal's Stolen Children," hosted by actress Demi Moore.

    Somra wrote and produced the CNN International special, "We have Autism," as well as a number of individual stories for CNN's coverage of the first ever World Autism Awareness Day in 2008, and was the Executive Producer of CNN International's Iran Desk following the disputed 2009 Presidential Election in Iran.

    A native of Atlanta, GA, Somra earned her Bachelor's degree in Russian Area Studies from the University of Georgia, as well as earning her professional certification in screenwriting from UCLA in 2017.