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MEMO: CNN’s Jeff Zucker “Proud” to Work at CNN

In an internal memo to CNN and HLN staff this afternoon, CNN President Jeff Zucker explains how proud he is to work at the network. Following this week’s launch of the new CNN original series “The Sixties,” Zucker highlights the network’s reporting on the VA scandal and names Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine as instrumental to the outlet’s success.

“CNN is evolving. Our commitment to news, investigative journalism and inspired storytelling is what we are all about.

Read the internal memo after the jump.

From: Jeff Zucker, CNN Worldwide
Sent: Friday, May 30, 2014 12:39 PM
To: *All CNN Staff (TBS); *HLN Staff (TBS)
Subject: This is CNN

May 30, 2014

I wanted to take a moment to tell you how proud I am to work at CNN today.

Because today we have seen the true scope of what CNN is and can be.

Outstanding, months-long reporting on the VA story by the team of Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine is what exposed a terrible situation at the Veterans Administration. And while their goal was never to force anyone’s resignation, our goal is always to hold officials responsible for wrongdoing. The commitment of AC 360 to “Keeping Them Honest” and our investigative team is what exposed the multitude of problems at the VA.

I wanted to take this moment to thank Drew and his team, Patricia DiCarlo at the investigative unit, the team at AC 360, as well as Richard Griffiths, Lee Williams and Steve Holmes for helping shepherd this incredibly important story.

This is what CNN is about.

At the same time, CNN is now also about all types of storytelling. And we proved that again last night with the successful launch of the new CNN Original Series, The Sixties. I want to congratulate Amy Entelis, Vinnie Malhotra and Lizzie Kerner for their exemplary work in bringing this series to life. And to the entire marketing and communications teams for making sure that the world knew it was there. What began last night, and will unfold over the course of the next 11 weeks, is what the audience also wants and expects from us.

CNN is evolving. Our commitment to news, investigative journalism and inspired storytelling is what we are all about.


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