Columbia Journalism School


Athena Jones '99 joins CNN Washington bureau

August 09, 2011

Athena Jones '99 has joined CNN as a Washington bureau correspondent.  Jones, perhaps best known for her coverage of the 2008 Obama and Clinton Presidential campaigns for NBC and National Journal, is an experienced journalist who has previously worked as a freelance segment producer for CNN and as a reporter in South America for Reuters and Bloomberg News.


Mediaite reported this July statement about Jones' new position from CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist: "Athena will be an outstanding addition to our political team. Her experience covering the White House, politics and international affairs are a perfect fit for the Washington bureau."

Jones has covered a variety of stories since she joined the bureau. "In my first couple of weeks, I've been on Capitol Hill, at the White House and out shooting economy stories," she said. "I've talked about everything from the debt ceiling to the partial shutdown of the FAA to the S&P downgrade. I've also enjoyed getting out and talking to ordinary people who don't spend their days speaking from behind a podium."

Jones credits the J-School with giving her a variety of journalistic experiences. "I entered with broadcast as my concentration and I did a radio documentary for my master's project," she said, "but my spring seminar was a magazine class, so I feel like I got the best of all worlds from my time there."

In addition to her degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Athena Jones is a graduate of Harvard University.


Click here to see Athena Jones' coverage of the people behind unemployment statistics


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