CNN is expanding its presence in France with the hiring of Melissa Bell, who leaves France 24 to become the network’s Paris Correspondent. Bell will join CNN’s longtime Senior International Correspondent Jim Bittermann in early October, it was announced today in a press release by Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International.
Bell most recently served as a Paris-based international affairs editor and correspondent for France 24, covering major news stories for the network’s French and English channels.
“France has always been important to CNN, but since the Charlie Hebdo attack the number of globally important stories from there and its neighboring countries has made it more significant than ever. We sought out Melissa for her expertise on many of these stories. She is an outstanding addition to the CNN family,” Maddox said.
“Melissa is a talented and dynamic reporter who will make an immediate impact on CNN’s TV and digital platforms,” said Deborah Rayner, Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering, CNN International.
Bell said in a statement, “I’ve long admired and respected CNN and the exceptional work of its journalists around the world. The quality of its reporting and the values it represents are there for all to see. I don’t think I could have picked a more exciting time to join this organization.”