CNN is adding a new investigative reporting unit as CNN executives pull together accomplished reporters into a single team and promise to hire at least a dozen more, reports NPR. Legendary investigative reporter and CNN contributor Carl Bernstein will serve as contributing editor alongside James Steele, and they will advise the team on their work and CNN executives on hiring.
“CNN needs to be an organization that breaks news, not just an organization that covers breaking news or talks about breaking news on television,” Andrew Morse, the executive vice president of editorial for CNN/U.S. and general manager of CNN digital worldwide, told NPR. “There’s no better way to do that than to invest in investigative reporting.”
Bernstein said, “CNN is making a statement that it is capable of doing this kind of work and devoting the kind of resources to it that this deserves. Hopefully, other networks will do the same. It’s good for journalism and it’s good for the people of the country.”
Morse said that this unit has been in the works for over a year, and not a response to Trump’s attacks on CNN. He added, “This effort is not a response to the administration in Washington, but it’s certainly well-timed.”
Among Bernstein and Steele’s team include CNN correspondent Sara Ganim, senior investigative correspondent Drew Griffin, Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken, in addition to the K-File team.