*CNN President Jeff Zucker has announced plans to launch a “new and expanded” team to “shed a light on the growing movement against institutional racism.”
“I could not be prouder of the impactful work that CNN has done on every platform in the last few years – and especially in the last several weeks – covering race and racial injustice in America,” Zucker said in an internal staff memo, The Hill reports. “Our reporting has been powerful, emotional, and helped to shed a light on the growing movement against institutional racism. Today, I am pleased to announce that we are making an even more significant, sustained commitment to ensure race coverage is a permanent part of our journalism.”
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“The recent conversations we’ve had in our newsrooms have been informative and constructive. We have valued them, we heard you, and we will continue listening,” he continued. “There are structural changes and investments we can and will make to better cover what is happening in our society. We are committed to doing that.”
“In that spirit, we are pleased to share the news of a new and expanded race team, which will contribute to all CNN platforms,” Zucker added. “This team will build on what so many do already at CNN and will provide the needed structure to cover this beat with more focus and force.”
CNN has seen a surge in viewers following the police killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day, which set off months of national protests.
The network’s race team will be headed by former Associated Press Chicago Deputy News Director Delano Massey, according to the report.