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Rena Golden

Rena Golden is senior vice president of CNN International. In this role, she oversees the editorial production, program development, talent and day-to-day operations of CNN International which encompasses five English-language CNN networks that reach an audience of more than 202 million television households worldwide in more than 200 countries and territories. Golden's hands-on approach to editorial issues keeps CNN International at the forefront of comprehensive global information delivery, which was reflected in her direction of the network's editorial tone during the coverage of the War in Iraq.

Through Golden's guidance, CNN International has successfully integrated the networks' trademark world news and global business news with double-anchored regional programs from London and Hong Kong. In the fall of 2002, she led the development of 'Your World Today', the four-hour globally comprehensive news program anchored from CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta.

As the lead architect of the network's ambitious "regionalization" strategy, an initiative that began in 1997, Golden has managed the launch of more than 80 hours of programming tailored for regional audiences. This strategy culminated with the March 2003 launch of CNNj, a network developed for Japanese viewers via a partnership with Japan Cable Television.

Golden is also responsible for the recruitment and management of CNN International's team of news anchors. Under Golden's leadership, the network has employed anchors representing 15 different nationalities, reflecting CNN International's diverse audience.

In her current role, Golden has also served as executive producer for major live events and breaking news including the ongoing war in Iraq, Israel-Lebanon conflict, death of Pope John Paul II, Tsunami disaster in South Asia, the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the beginning of air-strikes in the war in Afghanistan, the 100-hour Millennium 2000 programming and Great Britain's handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997. She began her career as a writer for CNN/U.S. in 1985.

Golden has also worked as a documentary producer for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. And, she co-produced National Geographic's first live special: In Search of the Hamilton and the Scourge, hosted by renowned oceanographer Bob Ballard.

Golden earned a bachelor's degree with honors in English literature from the University of North Carolina. She serves on the advisory boards of Atlanta Woman Magazine and the New York Museum of Television & Radio's Documentary Festival and is a member of the Turner Diversity Committee.

She is based at CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta.

 

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