CNN Streamlines U.S. Newsroom

1/23/2004 9:02 AM Eastern

Cable News Network is streamlining its domestic newsgathering structure.

The network -- which has 11 U.S. bureaus with an attendant number of chiefs -- is revamping its operation into several regions: the Northeast, comprising Boston and New York, headed by Karen Curry; the Southeast, made up of Atlanta and Miami, led by MaryLynn Ryan; Chicago, Dallas and Denver form the Midwest, managed by Edith Chapin; and the Western region, consisting of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

The Washington, D.C., bureau will now be headed by vice president of news and production David Bohrman, succeeding Kathryn Kross, who will assume an as-yet-undefined role.

News of the revamp came in a memo sent Friday afternoon to the staff by executive VP and general manager Princell Hair.

The note also indicated that Kim Bondy will head the company’s features unit, bringing medical, science/technology and entertainment news under one heading. Steve Robinson, recently the head of CNN/Sports Illustrated, has been brought over to lead the planning unit.

A CNN spokeswoman confirmed the changes, stating that the network is taking a more centralized approach that ultimately will produce better reports and put quality correspondents back out in the field more often.

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