CNN – A Company Profile


CNN, the Cable News Network, has been one of the world’s leading news networks since its launch on June 1, 1980.

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The New York Times, Monday, June 2, 1980

Founded by media mogul, Ted Turner, CNN was the world’s first television channel to provide 24-hour news coverage. Headquartered in     Atlanta, Georgia, CNN has 36 bureaus—10 domestic and 26 international—and more than 900 affiliated stations. According to the February 2015 Nielsen U.S. cable channel coverage estimates, the Cable News Network is available to 96,289,000 households.

Ted Turner at the CNN launch in 1980.


With glassdoor reviews like “Family-like environment” and an overall rating that beats out strong competitors such as MSNBC, CNN is attractive to employees in the industry for reasons that go beyond a leading news reputation.

According to job review site,, CNN has a 4 out of 5 rating in the category of “Work/Life Balance.”  For people who work in the crazy fast-paced never-stopping news industry, being able to have a good work/life balance can be just as attractive as a network’s Nielsen ratings. With crazy work hours and always being on the move, it’s sadly common to hear of industry employees missing important family events like weddings, births, birthdays and even the chance to find a significant other. But the fact that CNN has positive ratings in this category is reassuring and commendable.

According to a 2015 Cosmopolitan interview with Lisa Greene, Vice President of Human Resources for CNN Worldwide, “hiring is a nearly constant activity as the work evolves.” Between their full-time and freelance staff, CNN has approximately 3,500 employees around the world. CNN  also has a paid internship program, regularly hiring students who have completed their sophomore year in college prior to the start o the internship, and are seeking a degree (undergrad or graduate) at the start of the internship.

Greene says that with CNN’s culture “rooted in employees’ passion for the news, the desire to tell the story, and the love of the brand,” it’s required for anyone seeking a job at CNN to have a strong understanding of current events.

An Atlanta-based CNN Freelance Field Producer wrote a review on in 2015 and said “A typical day at work is that it will be atypical. CNN is a 24/7 news company which means your schedule as a curator or writer of news is likely to change at any given moment. It’s an element of the job that is somewhat expected but can wear one out after a while.”

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