Anna Coren returns from lengthy maternity leave

CNN International correspondent/anchor Anna Coren has returned from her lengthy maternity leave, appearing on both CNN and CNN International this morning. She left her post at CNN’s Hong Kong bureau back in mid-fall 2015 and returned to her native Australia, wanting to ensure her twin’s Australian citizenship, according to reports.

Sources told me in the past that Coren had left CNN, but CNN wouldn’t comment on those rumors.

One of the New York based correspondents, Alexandra Field, had been temporarily assigned to Hong Kong in Coren’s absence.

Coren was reporting from Sydney, Australia, on President Trump and Prime Minister Turnbull’s phone call.


CNN really goes there…

CNN, for better or for worse (although I think the answer to that one is pretty obvious, but I’ll let you pick), really embraced the “Go There” mantra with this story, flagged by the Washington Post’s media blogger, Erik Wemple.

CNN correspondent Alexandra Field, on temporary assignment in Hong Kong, really went there. She interviewed a fortune-teller for political punditry on the US 2016 presidential election.

She consulted feng shui expert Priscilla Lam in Hong Kong. When asked about Hillary Clinton, Lam said, “Hillary is the best on the face . . . Sharp eyes, OK . . . long face, high nose, flexible lips.”

On the Republican side, Lam predicted that Trump would come in No. 1 in New Hampshire, followed by Marco Rubio, perhaps because this “water pig,” as he’s known to the fortune teller, has good facial communication skills.


Alexandra Field takes Hong Kong assignment

Alexandra Field has relocated from CNN’s New York bureau within the past few months to Hong Kong, on a year-long, temporary assignment.

Field joined the network as a correspondent appearing primarily on weekends back in August of 2014.

Presumably she is lending a helping hand while one of the network’s Hong Kong-based correspondents, Anna Coren, takes time off for her maternity leave with her newborn twins.


CNN receives 14 news and documentary Emmy noms

CNN has received 14 news and documentary Emmy nominations (in addition to the five nominations between The Sixties and Parts Unknown).

CNN was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast during The Situation Room, for CNN’s coverage of the rescue from Mount Sinjar, anchored by Wolf Blitzer, with reporting from correspondents Elise Labott, Barbara Starr, and Ivan Watson.

For the network’s investigation of the crisis at the VA, they were nominated for Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast during AC360, reported by senior investigation correspondent Drew Griffin, and their theme park investigation, by correspondent Kyra Phillips.

They received another Emmy nomination for Poppy Harlow’s reporting during AC360 on Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast for the coverage of GM being blamed for deaths due to faulty switches.

The network received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form; the first nom was for their coverage of the NYC chokehold protests, reported by correspondent/anchors Brooke Baldwin, Jason Carroll, Chris Cuomo, Deborah Feyerick, Alexandra Field, Athena Jones, Kyung Lah, and Anderson Cooper. They received a second nom for their coverage of the Ukrainian crisis, with reports from Phil Black and Nick Paton Walsh, and anchored by Rosemary Church, Wolf Blitzer, and Poppy Harlow.

CNN Films received two Emmy noms: one for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting – Long Form for Ivory Tower; and one for Outstanding Science and Technology Programming with Dinosaur 13.

They got an Emmy nom for Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form for the sixth episode of season one of The Hunt; and a nom for Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction the digital series The City of Tomorrow.

Their sister channel, CNN en Español, also picked up a few Emmys. For Outstanding Newscast or News Magazine in Spanish, CNNE picked up two noms: Directo USA anchored by Juan Carlos López and Nuestro Mundo, anchored by Patricia Janiot. For Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in Spanish, they received a nom forŸ Venezuela Crisis, reported by Osmary Hernandez, Adriana Hauser, anchors Fernando del Rincón, Patricia Janiot, Carlos Montero, Patricia Ramos.