• Michelle Watson is a national news editor for CNN's national newsgathering team. Prior to joining the desk, Michelle worked to vet and research stories for the Row, CNN's editorial judgement body.

    Since joining CNN in 2017, Michelle has played a role in a number major stories for CNN, including the network's coverage of the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Irma after it made landfall and the tragic shooting deaths of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She also worked with CNN's political team fact checking the 2020 presidential election.

    Michelle holds a degree from Louisiana State University in Mass Communication with a minor in history.