Vice President, CNN Special Events
Kate Lunger is VP of CNN's Special Events team, responsible for special event programming and breaking news television production for CNN Worldwide.
Kate Lunger is the Vice President of CNN's Special Events team, responsible for a diverse slate of special event programming and breaking news television production for CNN Worldwide. In this role, Lunger leads production planning as well as execution of CNN's debates, town halls, major primaries and caucuses, party conventions, election night, world summits, deaths of notables, royal weddings coverage, and U.S. Presidential overseas trips.
Lunger mobilized CNN's Special Events team to ratings record breaking coverage of the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections, including Emmy-nominated debates, town halls and production of primary nights as well as the 10-day coverage of Pope Francis's trip to the U.S. and Cuba. Special Events has also partnered with CNN Digital and Courageous on live coverage of the 2017 Eclipse, which won an Edward R. Murrow award for innovation, and a live New Year's Eve commercial at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Lunger has been with the CNN Special Events team since 1998. She led the planning effort involved in covering the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns, including winning an Emmy for CNN's 2012 election night coverage, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions and the network's nine presidential primary debates and more than 20 town halls in 2015 and 2016. Her work in 2008 contributed to the network receiving a Peabody Award and an Emmy Award for CNN's Election Night coverage.
Lunger has played a key role in covering major global breaking news events, such the Pope Benedict's resignation and the Boston Marathon bombings. Prior breaking news coverage such as September 11th, Hurricane Katrina, and the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict in 2006, earned the network an Emmy Award, Peabody Award and Murrow Award, respectively. Lunger also contributed to CNN's Emmy Award-winning coverage of the 2006 elections.
Lunger first joined CNN in 1993, working out of the Washington, D.C. bureau as a technician/controller. Beginning in 1996, she assumed the roles of assignment editor and pool producer. Her foundation in the newsroom and control room gives her a solid understanding of the daily workings of the network pool operation, as well as the entire broadcast process.
Prior to CNN, Lunger worked as an operations producer for Reuters Financial Television in Japan and as a freelancer from 1991 to 1998, producing a children's fitness program and covering the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics as well as a number of other major sporting events.
Lunger graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio-TV Communications and was a Division 1 scholarship athlete.