Jen Christensen is a producer with CNN’s Health, Medical and Wellness Unit. In addition, she produces multi-platform projects and documentaries, primarily for CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. She also does data analysis and is a reporter for CNN.com.
She has earned the highest awards in broadcasting – including the Peabody and the DuPont – as a producer for CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour on the documentary God’s (Jewish) Warriors.
She produced several other award-winning documentaries, including: Soledad O’Brien’s Martin Luther King Jr: Words That Changed a Nation; Black in America: Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination; Suzanne Malveaux’s Barack Obama Revealed; Drew Griffin’s Sarah Palin Revealed; and Christiane Amanpour’s Generation Islam.
Prior to CNN, she was an award-winning investigative producer with WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C. She launched and managed the award-winning investigative unit at WTVQ-TV, Lexington, K.Y., after working as a show and segment producer. She started her career managing WXIN-TV’s weekend newsroom, where she also worked as an award-winning show and segment producer.
She has also worked as a freelance reporter and photographer for The Advocate, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Southern Voice, Sirius OutQ Radio News and others.
Prior to journalism, Christensen worked on nuclear non-proliferation issues in London for NATO’s Atlantic Council and worked at the Chicago Board of Elections. She is a co-author of chapters in two books: Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1925-1993 (Greenwood Press, 1993) and Women Confronting Retirement (Rutgers Press, 2003).
From 2013 - 2018, she has served as the national president of NLGJA, the Association of LGBTQ Journalists and is currently the VP of Digital and Print. Christensen holds a bachelor’s degree in TV/Radio and politics from Butler University and also attended the London School of Economics, where she studied foreign policy and economics. She is currently working on an MFA at Bennington College.