CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: The gender gap remains an issue in broadcast journalism



CNN afternoon presenter Brooke Baldwin, who announced in February that she was leaving the cable news network, said gender disparity remains an issue in broadcast journalism that affects how which women and women’s issues are covered.

Baldwin, 41, who joined CNN in 2008, said on Ms. Magazine’s podcast “On the Issues with Michele Goodwin” Tuesday: “Our network’s most influential, highest paid presenters are men. My bosses , my executives, are men. The person who oversees CNN dayside is a man, and my executive producer for 10 years has been a man. So I have been surrounded by a lot of men. “

Baldwin, whose book “Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power” came out on Tuesday, admitted that during his stint in journalism, “Yes, there would definitely be women in the newsroom, but often, especially early on. , they were women with very sharp elbows, “a metaphor for aggressive careerism. Mainly,” I was surrounded by a lot of guys. “

This is changing, she said. “I know it’s… just looking at some of the faces that are appearing more and more on our channel and on other channels.” She noted, “We have a woman who is in charge of CNN Digital, We now have a woman who is in charge of most of the national news gathering. So little by little, having women in it. places of power – and I would argue behind the scenes, not just up front, but behind the scenes – that’s how you then have stories that reflect who they are. “

She cautioned against such a change by focusing on “only white women.” We’re talking… of being intersectional. There’s no way we’re going to have any progress if a bunch of white women win. , Asian women are general. We need to see them reflected in our stories. And it’s improving, but we still have a bit of a way to go, I think. “

On Thursday, thanking fellow CNN presenter Jake Tapper for inviting her on his show to promote his book the day before, Baldwin on Instagram did a “SHOUT OUT to the many good men who support women who snuggle up. We have need you.”

Baldwin announced on February 16 that she was leaving CNN in April. “This next life chapter will focus on what I love most about my job: amplifying the lives of amazing Americans and putting my passion for storytelling to good use,” she said on air. , adding: “No, I don’t have a job I’m getting into. Yes, I feel very vulnerable… And I’m so excited about what’s to come.


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