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Athena Jones named CNN Washington correspondent
By Keach Hagey · POLITICO · Link to Article
is jumping from a job as an NBC
White House producer to a general assignment correspondent for CNN's
Athena Jones will join CNN as a general assignment correspondent, it was announced today by Sam Feist, Washington bureau chief and senior vice president.
will report on a wide range of general news stories and will appear on programs across the network.
will be based in the Washington D.C. bureau and will begin her
position with the network immediately.?
will be an outstanding addition to our political team," said Feist.
"I'm excited to be joining the CNN
team," said Jones
"And look forward to getting started."
was a White House producer with NBC
, where she
wrote packages, produced story segments and reported on air for MSNBC and NBC
covered the Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns during the 2008 election cycle for NBC
and the National Journal
Prior to NBC, Jones served as a freelance segment producer for CNN.
From 2001 to 2003, Jones worked as a reporter for Reuters based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she covered the Argentine presidential elections as well as other general news stories.
Prior to Reuters, Jones reported on politics and the economy in both Chile and Argentina for Bloomberg News.
Jones graduated cum laude from Harvard University and earned her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.
She studied Spanish and European politics at the University of Madrid Complutense in Madrid, Spain; and studied Islamic studies at the American Research Center in Cairo, Egypt, with Duke University.
From NBC's Athena ...
From NBC's Athena Jones and Chuck Todd With the latest round of punditry blaming leaders from both sides of the aisle for failing to nbsp.
NBC political director Chuck Todd reports.
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Alumni Spotlight: Athena Jones '94 | »
Alumni Spotlight: Athena Jones '94
Athena Jones '94, White House Producer for NBC News
has been covering the White House since Inauguration Day 2008.
has traveled with Pres. Barack Obama to nearly a nearly a dozen countries since she
began covering his
presidential campaign in 2007.
As a campaign reporter for NBC News and the National Journal, Athena followed both the Clinton and the Obama campaigns for president in 2007 and 2008, writing stories, shooting and editing videos and appearing on MSNBC to report on breaking news during the campaign.
She has also worked as a freelance segment producer at CNN in New York and was part of the NBC News Associates program in 2004.
Athena began her career in journalism as a wire reporter in South America, where she spent four years covering politics, trade, agriculture, mining, arts and the economy in Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
also covered elections and other events in Bolivia and Peru.
Athena graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1999 with a Master of Science in journalism.
After graduating from Columbia, she
spent the summer studying in Cairo, Egypt as part of a program run by Duke University and the American University of Cairo
designed to educate graduate students about the country and the region.
Athena earned a Bachelor's degree in government from Harvard University in 1998.
took several Advanced Placement classes while at Cate
was able to graduate with just 3 years of course work.
Rather than finishing a year early, she spent her third year interning in Washington for a congressman from her home state of Texas before traveling to Spain to spend a semester studying at the University of Madrid-Complutense.
then returned to Harvard
for a final year and finished with her
It was during her
time in Washington and Spain that Athena
decided not to follow her
parents, cousins and numerous other family members into the law profession and to become a journalist instead.
CNN's Athena ...
CNN's Athena Jones, Deirdre Walsh and Alexandra Jaffe contributed to this report.