Following the departure of Nima Ahmed from Morning Express to a CNN gig as director of programming, today HLN has announced Ahmed’s replacement: and the replacement is relocating from New York to Atlanta, and is leaving CNN’s morning show, New Day.
Kerry O’Connor-Aouad, who worked on New Day as a senior producer, will join HLN’s morning show team (made up of Morning Express with Robin Meade and Weekend Express with Lynn Smith) on September 28.
As pointed out in the internal memo (below) to staffers, she previously worked on HLN’s Nancy Grace.
I’m excited to announce that Kerry O’Connor-Aouad will join the HLN family as Executive Producer of Morning Express with Robin Meade and Weekend Express with Lynn Smith on Monday, September 28, and will report to Stephanie Todd on a day-to-day basis. Her timing couldn’t be better as MXP and WXP continue to excel in the ratings. MXP is the #2 cable morning news show in the key P25-54 demo 2015 to-date! In the just released August numbers, MXP had its highest P25-54 delivery since July 2013, and continues to beat MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” for the 16th consecutive month by +31% in the demo. WXP is #1 on Sundays among P25-54 @ 7 am in August, and claimed that same victory in the first two quarters of the year.
Many of you may already know Kerry who comes to us from CNN where she was senior producer at New Day for more than two years. And before that she was a producer at On the Record with Greta van Susteren over at FNC.
This is her second go-round at HLN. She was an associate producer on Nancy Grace back in 2006. She joined CNN in 2002 and worked in TEAM Video Services out of NY and at CNNfn.
Please welcome Kerry to the team. She’s in the process of relocating from New York to Atlanta so please let’s lift a glass for her at Dantanna’s (details to come)!