CNN Launches New Team to Focus on Covering Race

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After weeks of protests across the nation calling for racial justice, CNN says it will place a greater emphasis on covering institutional racism.

CNN President Jeff Zucker announced Monday that the cable news network is putting together a “new and expanded team” to focus on race.

“I could not be prouder of the impactful work that CNN has done on every platform in the last few years – and especially in the last several weeks – covering race and racial injustice in America,” Zucker said in an internal staff memo obtained by The Hill. “Our reporting has been powerful, emotional, and helped to shed a light on the growing movement against institutional racism. Today, I am pleased to announce that we are making an even more significant, sustained commitment to ensure race coverage is a permanent part of our journalism.”

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Zucker added that the expanded race team will contribute to all CNN platforms. “This team will build on what so many do already at CNN and will provide the needed structure to cover this beat with more focus and force,” he said.

The group will be headed by former Associated Press Chicago Deputy News Director Delano Massey, who recently joined CNN.

The network has listed several jobs online for the race team, including editors and writers.