On Monday, CNN’s new chief, Jeff Zucker, met with advocates for black journalists with plans to meet with advocates for Latino journalists next month after the network was criticized for not having a more diverse staff.
Though advocates are meeting with Zucker, President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Hugo Balta, says the issue is not “unique to CNN.”
The meetings with Zucker follow the hiring of Chris Cuomo and Jake Tapper for a morning and afternoon show on CNN, both white men. Latina anchor Soledad O’Brien also recently announced she would no longer be hosting her morning show on the network. She will likely be replaced with Cuomo and primetime host Erin Burnett.
It should be noted however, that CNN is not an all white network, and criticism of CNN began before Zucker took over. The Wrap pointed out CNN can boast the on-air talent of Sanjay Gupta, Fareed Zakaria and Ali Velshi, who are all of Indian decent. And there are also a number of black anchors, including Don Lemon, Lisa Sylvester, Isha Sesay, Victor Blackwell, and Fredricka Whitfield.
Zucker met with executives from the National Association of Black Journalists on Monday, and will meet with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists on March 8th.