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CNN Forms America Bureau

Feb 22, 2005  •  Post A Comment

CNN is combining the Justice Department, homeland security and national security beats into one unit dubbed the America Bureau. Shirley Hung, a 10-year CNN veteran most recently a senior producer in CNN’s Washington newsroom, will be the America Bureau’s executive producer.

“CNN is fundamentally changing the way we gather and report security news,” said David Bohrman, the Washington-based VP of news and production. Mr. Bohrman said the new clearinghouse structure makes it possible to deploy CNN journalists and “newsgathering capabilities more strategically, putting together more comprehensive stories with more substantial background information.”

Assigned to the combined beat are Justice Department correspondent Kelli Arena, national security correspondent David Ensor and homeland security correspondent Jeanne Meserve, as well as analyst John McLaughlin, who served as acting CIA director in the Bush administration in 2004. Also available for America Bureau reports will be Clark Kent Ervin, former inspector general for the U.S. Homeland Security Department, and Richard Falkenrath, former White House deputy homeland security adviser.