Amir Vera, Breaking News Editor: CNN; vice-president of digital, NABJ

Season 1 | Episode 163
31m | Feb 27, 2024

On this episode we’re joined by Amir Vera. Amir is a breaking news editor at CNN and the vice-president of digital at the National Association of Black Journalists.

Amir talked about his journalism origin story and his early days living in different parts of the world. He shared the lessons he learned from his college days at VCU and working for two daily newspapers – The Progress-Index and The Virginian Pilot. He explained his roles at CNN, first as a news writer and now as an editor, taking big stories and helping make them easily readable for CNN’s audience.

Amir also discussed his work with the NABJ, the organization’s goals for the upcoming year, specifically as relates to advocacy and to helping journalists who were recently laid off. And he talked about what an NABJ convention is like.

Amir’s salute: Hyperlocal journalists, like those at The Progress-Index in Petersburg, Virginia.

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