Director and executive editorial producer at CNN Worldwide
Maria Ebrahimji is the Director and Executive Editorial Producer for Network Booking at CNN Worldwide. In this position, she leads a team of editorial producers in guest coverage, newsgathering, and story planning for CNN’s special events, breaking news, and multi-platform programming. She is based at CNN’s global headquarters in Atlanta. Maria has been an editorial producer for CNN International, where she worked on high-profile programs such as “Your World Today”, “Q&A”, “Diplomatic License”, and “Inside Africa.” She is the former lead editorial producer for CNN U.S. weekend programming, where she produced elements, researched, and wrote for guest segments on current and feature domestic news stories. In her twelve years at CNN, she has been an integral part of CNN’s award- winning programming. Her work on CNN Connects: The New South Africa garnered a 2007 NABJ Award of Excellence in the Television-Public Affairs Program. She is also the recipient of a 2006 Myers Media Innovation and Creativity Award for CNN’s Inspire Summit, a George Foster Peabody Award for CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and an Alfred Dupont-Columbia Award for CNN’s coverage of the Asian Tsunami. At CNN, Maria serves as Vice Chair of the CNN Diversity Council and on the Turner Broadcasting Corporate Responsibility Council and Green Task Force. In her community, Maria is on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Press Club and the Atlanta chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. She serves as an advisor to Tau Chapter, Alpha Chi Omega, Inc. and is on the Advisory Board for the Emory Development Institute and Southern Proper, Inc. She is a former Manfred Woerner, BMW Transatlantic, and Knight Digital fellow, and a former Aspen Young Professionals program graduate. Ebrahimji has also participated in the East-West Center’s Sr. Journalism Seminar in Southeast Asia. She is the co-editor of I Speak forMyself (White Cloud Press, May 2011), a collection of essays written by 40 American-born Muslim women. Ebrahimji received a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications from Brenau Women’s College and a master of arts degree in international affairs from Georgia State University.