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Deena Zeina Zaru

CNN Washington Bureau

820 1st street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

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Features writer and Digital Producer, CNN Politics
March 2015 — present
  • BEAT: Covering the intersection of culture and politics through #GetPolitical — a CNN Political original web series that consistently draws new audiences to the site.

  • REPORTING on popular trends for the breaking news team and writing trend reports that help guide the coverage.

  • DIGITAL PRODUCTION: Optimizing stories and content for across digital and mobile platforms using analytics as a guide.

  • VIDEO PRODUCTION: Editing original videos for

  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Running CNN Politics social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. The team won the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for social media coverage of the 2016 election.

Production and Booking, CNN’s “State of the Union”
Sept. 2013 — March 2015

  • BOOKING: Booking exclusive newsmakers and panelists for State of the Union.

  • Researching, pitching and introducing new guests to CNN, many of whom have become popular voices on the network. 

  • SHOW PRODUCTION: Producing program elements, including graphics, sound, video, fonts and banners.

  • Editing sound and video clips for air.

  • Conducting focused research and pre-interviews for anchor Candy Crowley that helped shape our coverage.


Editorial Assistant, CNN's Network Booking

Jan. 2013 — Oct. 2013 

  • Conducting thorough editorial research to identify, recruit and book TV savvy, charismatic, diverse and smart experts and commentators for CNN’s “New Voices” initiative.

  • Preparing detailed guest lists that were used as resources by editorial producers to facilitate fast and seamless quality bookings, especially in the midst of breaking news.

  • Pitching guests and topics and conducting over sixty for TV interviews for “The Way Forward,” a daily sponsored segment on CNN International’s “Amanpour” with world leaders and officials.

News Assistant, CNN 

​Nov. 2011 — Jan. 2013

  • Working with the crew, audio technicians and producers on producing live and taped shots.

Intern, CNN's Capitol Hill unit

June — Sept. 2009

  • Working on the Capitol Hill with correspondents Dana Bash and Brianna Keilar on daily packages.



Adobe Premiere editing

Basic Photoshop

Page layout

Content optimization and SEO

Social media

Outbrain, Chartbeat analytics

Trend reports

Facebook live

Gallery, story production


Graphics production

Tapes production

Producing live shows

Building rundowns


Coding fonts and banners



Arabic (written, spoken, various dialects), experience in translating English-Arabic for CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Jim Sciutto

Guilford College, Bachelors of Art in English
Aug. 2006 — May 2010


Major in journalistic writing and minor in Spanish Language and Communications. Overall GPA: 3.6/4. News Editor, Writing Director of “The Guilfordian.”


South Carroll Senior High

Sept. 2002 — June 2006






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