Kevin Flower

Vice President & Western Bureau Chief

Kevin Flower is the Vice President and Western Bureau Chief, based out of the network's Los Angeles bureau.
Kevin Flower Profile


Kevin Flower is the Vice President and Western Bureau Chief, based out of the network’s Los Angeles bureau.

Flower joined CNN in 1995 as a news editor and producer in New York. In 1999, he joined the network’s political unit and was one of the lead producers covering the campaign of George W. Bush up until his election at the end 2000. Flower continued his work in Washington where he covered Congress and national politics with occasional international producing assignments in the Middle East.

In 2003, Kevin Flower was appointed CNN’s bureau chief in Baghdad where he ran the networks war-time operation until 2006. He then moved to the CNN bureau in Jerusalem where he worked as the bureau chief and reporter for six years. There he oversaw the editorial output, operations, staffing and budgeting of CNN’s bureau covering Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip for all CNN platforms. He executive produced major news events in the region including the network’s Murrow award-winning coverage of the 2006 Lebanon war, the 2008 Gaza hostilities between Hamas and Israel, and the Arab Spring protests in Egypt. During his tenure he wrote hundreds of news and feature stories for CNN’s digital and television platforms.

In 2012, Flower returned to the United States and was the senior director of domestic newsgathering for the network, leading the national news desk operation from Atlanta. There he oversaw coverage of large scale news events including the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Boston Marathon bombing attack, street protests in Ferguson Missouri, and Hurricane Sandy.

In 2015, Kevin was named vice-president of CNN’s Health and Climate departments and oversaw the expansion of the network’s digital coverage and developed long-form and sponsored programming initiatives.

Flower graduated from Hunter College at the City University of New York with a degree in history.