Amanda Wills Is CNN Digital’s First New York-Based Senior Editor

Currently deputy executive editor at Mashable, she starts May 23.

When Mashable’s Amanda Wills starts at her new professional home just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, it will mark a memorable step for both her and the expanding CNN digital news desk. She is the first senior news editor for that side of things to be based in New York.

From today’s announcement by lead homepage editor Carl Lavin:

Amanda will work with digital staffers, news-gathering teams, social, video and show teams based in New York, as well as staff across the entire CNN world. She will be an engine of high-quality distinctive work tailored for the mobile digital consumer.

Wills will also work with teams in Atlanta, London, Hong Kong, Dubai, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.

One item that jumps out on Wills’ resume is the fact that she earned an Alex Haley/Playboy Interview Scholarship while at the University of Tennessee. The scholarship is given by the College of Communications to an up-and-coming journalism major with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

That honor no doubt helped Wills land a 2008 editorial internship at Playboy magazine in New York. She has also worked for The Tennessee Journalist, Scripps Networks Interactive, earth911.com and HGTV.

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