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CNN Taps Geraldine Moriba As VP of Diversity

moribaCNN has named Geraldine Moriba VP of diversity and inclusion at the company, and she will become the chairperson of  its diversity council. Moriba will report on diversity and inclusion issues directly to CNN president Jeff Zucker.

“Geraldine is the ideal candidate to take on this very important role within the organization at a critical time for us,” said Zucker in a statement. “I had the pleasure of working with her prior to my time at CNN, and always found her to have a terrific sensibility and understanding of some of the complex issues we face when it comes to diversity and inclusion.  As we look to reimagine what CNN will be in the years to come, this role on my team will be invaluable in shaping the kind of organization we want and need to have.”

Moriba is also an executive producer for CNN’s Original Program Development, where she oversaw the “In America” documentary team. She will remain in that role, reporting to senior VP of talent and content development Amy Entelis. Before joining CNN she spent more than 16 years at NBC News, working in broadcast standards and serving as co-chair of its diversity council.

As we reported last week, the current chairperson of the CNN Diversity Council, Johnita Due, is stepping aside from that role but will remain with CNN as assistant general counsel. She will also continue to advise the Council.

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CNN Diversity Chair Stepping Aside

cnn logo_304x200The chairwoman of CNN’s diversity council will be stepping aside from that role, a spokesperson for CNN tells TVNewser.

The chairwoman, Johnita Due, is an assistant general counsel for CNN, and was first named chair of the company’s diversity council in 2005. She will remain with CNN in her role as assistant general counsel, contrary to a report this morning.

CNN says the diversity council is not being disbanded, and a new chairperson will be named soon. Maria Ebrahimji, who also sat on the council, is leaving CNN however. There are a “few dozen” members of the diversity council, a CNN spokesperson says.

CNN president Jeff Zucker has shaken up his executive leadership team since taking over the channel, so changes at the top of internal executive groups like the diversity council are not surprising. Diversity has been a hot topic at CNN since Zucker’s arrival, as a number of prominent minority voices left, such as Soledad O’Brien, Ali Velshi and Mark Whitaker.

That said, Zucker has been very vocal about diversity being an important part of CNN’s DNA, and he met with black and Latino journalists early into his tenure to talk about the issue.

The Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince has more.