Susan M. Bunda

Susan M. Bunda

School of Communication

Susan M. Bunda

2005 Alumni Academy Inductee

Susan M. Bunda is senior vice president of news of CNN/U.S. Based in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, she is in charge of programming and all editorial content from CNN's domestic bureaus and Newsource, CNN's affiliate news-feed service distributed to more than 900 broadcasters worldwide.

Before being named to her current position in September 2003, Susan was senior vice president for talkshows/guest bookings. She also worked as senior vice president for CNN/U.S., responsible for coordinating the network's daily programming and working with executive producers and newsgathering units to facilitate news coverage on CNN/U.S. She was instrumental in producing CNN's Millennium 2000 , which included 100 hours of comprehensive, global news coverage of millennium-related events and turn-of-the-century issues.

Susan was executive producer with the CNN Special Projects Unit from April 1997 to April 1998. In this position, she was responsible for producing CNN Special Reports , the network's ongoing series of prime-time specials that air breaking news or major announcements, as well as assisting with background for scheduled news events and in-depth reporting, analysis and continuing coverage of ongoing stories.

During Susan's tenure at Special Events, the unit produced the network's extensive coverage of significant world events such as the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Great Britain's handover of Hong Kong to China, Princess Diana's funeral, President Bill Clinton's Africa visit, and Pope John Paul II's Cuba visit.

Susan served as executive producer of CNN's legal analysis show, Burden of Proof , from 1995 to 1997. She also executive-produced CNN & Company from 1991 to 1997 , the news talk show featuring a panel of female experts debating top stories of the day. Susan began her career at CNN in 1987 as a producer and writer.

Susan graduated with a major in Communication from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1986 and served as a producer at WWMT, the CBS affiliate in Kalamazoo, from 1985-1987 producing the 11 p.m. newscast. Susan also worked as a videotape editor at WMAQ in Chicago from 1983-1985.

When not covering the news, Susan lives in Marietta Georgia with husband James Bunda and their children Alex and Casey.

 

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