CNN announces appointments for Jerusalem bureau

MUMBAI: Tom Fenton has been appointed CNN’s Jerusalem bureau chief. He takes up this position next month.

Fenton is currently the VP and deputy managing editor of international newsgathering at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta, Fenton joined CNN in 1986. Before moving to Atlanta, he was CNN’s Frankfurt bureau chief covering international breaking news in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

CNN Intl MD Chris Cramer was quoted in an official release saying, "Jerusalem continues to be one of CNN’s most important newsgathering operations and Tom is one of the most accomplished senior editors I know. Tom’s award winning coverage from Africa and his role in coordinating CNN’s oversees coverage during 9/11, the Afghan and Iraq wars from CNN’s Atlanta headquarters underscores his abilities and the importance CNN attaches to this appointment."

In his current role, Fenton played a central role in coordinating CNN’s coverage in Iraq and Afghanistan. As one of CNN’s senior field producers, he has covered events in Israel and the Palestinian territories and across the Middle East as well as in Eastern and Central Europe. His coverage from Africa won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow and News and Documentary Emmy awards for his reports on the child soldiers in Sierra Leone.

Meanwhile CNN reporter John Vause, currently CNN International’s North American correspondent, based in Atlanta, has been appointed CNN’s Jerusalem correspondent. He too takes up this position in November. Earlier this year, Vause who joined CNN a couple of years ago, won the Atlanta Press Club ‘Journalist of the Year’ award for his reporting from Israel and Palestine.

Since joining CNN, Vause has reported extensively from across the US, including New York, in the aftermath of 9/11. He also covered the war in Afghanistan and anchored CNN International’s coverage of the war in Iraq from the network’s studios in Kuwait City.

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