Journalist and television host Brooke Baldwin has worked for CNN since 2008. Over the years, she has become a highly respected reporter and even won a Peabody Award for her coverage of the 2008 presidential election (via Deadline). Baldwin began hosting her own show, CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, in 2014 and is the creator and host of CNN’s Digital series American Woman.
Baldwin recently announced on CNN Newsroom that she is leaving CNN in April to focus on “amplifying the lives of extraordinary Americans and putting my passion for storytelling to good use.” She added, ” For a decade I’ve never taken for granted the enormous responsibility and privilege I’ve had to work with some of the most talented producers and photojournalists and correspondents and anchors out there as we have covered our era’s most urgent and important stories.”
However, as grateful as Baldwin is to have worked at CNN for 13 years, she notes that CNN has a lot of work to do.
Brooke Baldwin had to 'fight for women's stories' at CNN
Brooke Baldwin provided some insight into what goes on at CNN on the Ms. magazine podcast. She revealed that the network is dominated by male executives and that as she advanced in her career there was a clear lack of other women. “The most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men. My bosses, my executives, are men. The person who oversees CNN Dayside is a man, and my executive producer for 10 years is a man. So I’ve been surrounded by a lot of men.”
Baldwin stated that she was often told no when she pitched story ideas about women but still managed to make them happen. Even though her experience at CNN was less than ideal, she shared that CNN is slowly starting to give more power to women. She said, “It’s getting better but we still have a bit of a ways to go. I want more women in the room.”
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