Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Tom Goldstone To Lead Fareed Zakaria GPS

CNN Press Release: Tom Goldstone Named Executive Producer of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS

Award-winning television news producer Tom Goldstone, most recently senior producer of CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS, has been named executive producer of the program.

In the announcement made today by Bart Feder, senior vice president of current programming for CNN/U.S, Feder cited Goldstone’s 15+ years of experience in producing both live news and television magazine programming. Prior to joining CNN in 2003 to work on Paula Zahn NOW and special projects, and later, Campbell Brown, Goldstone worked at ABC News on various programming including “Primetime Live” and “20/20.” Goldstone’s appointment is effective immediately.

“Tom’s expertise in developing smart public affairs programming is an excellent fit for Zakaria’s incisive analysis and distinguished interviews with global news makers and business leaders,” said Feder. “It’s a successful partnership that has already yielded some of the most interesting hours of Sunday morning television.”

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS airs Sundays at 10am and 1pm ET on CNN/U.S. and at 8am and 3pm on CNN International. In 2010, Goldstone produced two primetime specials, Restoring the American Dream – A Special Edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS and How to Lead – A Special Edition of Fareed Zakaria GPS. Prestigious Sunday guests under his leadership have included Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Turkish President Abdullah Gül, former Chairman of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan David Stockman, 2010 Nobel economics laureate Peter Diamond, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Goldstone succeeds Liza McGuirk who executive produces CNN’s Parker Spitzer.

Goldstone was one of CNN’s live news producers for the network’s coverage of the Asian tsunami in 2004-2005; he was also producing for CNN as Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005. The network was honored, respectively, with DuPont-Columbia and Peabody team awards for that coverage. In 2007, CNN was honored with a 2007 Best Practices Award from the National Association of Black Journalists for a report on racism in America produced by Goldstone for Paula Zahn NOW. And in 2002, Goldstone won a CINE Golden Eagle and a Gracie Allen award for a “20/20” report, ‘Inside Saudi Arabia.’ He’s won numerous other awards as well.

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