About 

  • Rachel Smolkin is the vice president of news for CNN Digital Worldwide, where she oversees the national, politics, and breaking news coverage and teams across CNN's global digital platforms.

    Smolkin's leadership brings together the core promise of CNN's US-based journalism, connecting the biggest issues facing the nation today to politics, including voting rights, race, equality, policing, climate and education.

    Previously as the vice president and executive editor of CNN Politics, Smolkin oversaw the network's coverage of Washington, politics and elections. In this role she led the creation of CNN's politics brand in the digital space, hiring and building a team of more than 50 reporters, editors and social producers into the No. 1 politics site for three years and counting, per ComScore. She also partnered on industry-leading television-digital integration in CNN's Washington bureau and also oversees the KFile investigative unit.

    Smolkin is a graduate of the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University and holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University, where she graduated magna cum laude.

    Before coming to CNN, she was managing editor at Politico, where she oversaw the daily news report. She also has worked as an editor at USA Today and managing editor of American Journalism Review magazine.

    Smolkin lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two children.