Monday, December 11, 2006

Cal Perry Promoted to Bureau Chief

Nic Robertson has a new boss, and he's a hottie. Why do all the good ones end-up in Baghdad? Sheesh...

(CNN Press Release) – CNN has promoted Baghdad bureau director Cal Perry to bureau chief, it was announced today by Tony Maddox, senior vice president of international newsgathering operations. As bureau chief, Perry manages CNN’s coverage in Baghdad and throughout Iraq.

“The Baghdad bureau chief stands as one of the most important and challenging jobs in journalism today and is certainly a critical position within CNN’s international newsgathering efforts,” Maddox said. Cal has more than proven his mettle with our coverage from Iraq in recent months, and we’re eager to see his work from the region in the future.”

Perry joined the network in 2003 shortly after the initial coalition invasion in Iraq, working on the International Desk as an editor. Soon after, he was assigned as a Baghdad-based producer, a role which placed him as an embedded reporter among troops fighting in Mosul, Fallujah, Ramadi, Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq. In addition to his coverage in Iraq, Perry covered the death of Yasser Arafat and other stories involving the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

In 2006, Perry covered the war in Lebanon as both a producer and on-air correspondent. He and correspondent Karl Penhaul were the first journalists to arrive in Tyre, Lebanon, amid fighting there. Perry also created and produced the CNN Presents documentary Combat Hospital, which detailed the real-life drama inside the 10th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad.

Perry earned his political science degree from Skidmore College.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; four Web sites, including, the first major news and information Web site; CNN Pipeline, an on-demand broadband video service; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and partnerships for four television networks and one Web site.

4 comentarios:

Jade said...

I saw Mr. Perry this morning doing the live shot from Baghdad. He had his brand new title under his name....awe....congrats Cal!

ivy said...

@jade --I saw that today -) good for Cal!
I have a question: who was beauro chief before Cal? do you know what title does Michael Ware have? I wonder if they let him rest a bit or there are some other plans. Do they have different crews covering for CNNI and american CNN?

Jade said...

@Ivy...good to see you back!

Micahel Ware is a Special Correspondent and he has been rotated out of Baghdad along with Arwa Damon for the time being. Nic Robertson is back doing Baghdad duty.

I'm not sure if CNN had an official bureau chief before Perry. Most of the networks don't. Even Richard Engel who works for NBC was made BC of Beirut and not Baghdad and he's spent more time on the ground in Baghdad than any other reporter.

ivy said...

thanks jade -). I was in europe last week and cought one AC360 broadcast on CNNI, at 4 am. And while I was away I was freaks traffic seemed to explode -lol
I found it strange that Engel -- who I like very much -- is beirut cheif though he've been covering Iraq for the longest time. Perry and Robertson make a great team. Michael Ware seemed to be in a desperate need of rest for the last few month, I'm glad if cnn let him finally unwind a bit.


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