Former TVNewser, Mediaite Senior Editor Steve Krakauer joins CNN

By Chris Ariens Comment

Steve Krakauer, (far right in the pantheon of TVNewser editors, sans Stelter who showed up after this picture was taken) is leaving the media beat and joining CNN as digital producer for Piers Morgan’s new show.

Krakauer, who once wrote for these pages and was one of the founding editors of Dan Abrams’ Mediaite, starts at CNN one week from today.

In a 4-part Tweet, Krakauer thanked Abrams and the Mediaite team, writing that he is “thrilled to start working for Piers, @JonathanWald and CNN.”

As we mentioned in a post over the weekend, Wald, who was named EP of Morgan’s show two weeks ago, has been busy building his team.

Meanwhile, Abrams has already hired Krakauer’s replacement. He’s local TV news reporter Mark Joyella.

And these job moves further prove the theory that there are about two degrees of separation in TV news: not only did I work with Krakauer here at mediabistro, but I was Joyella’s producer when we both worked at WFTS-TV in Tampa/St. Pete. Oh, and Abrams was my boss at MSNBC for a while.

CNN’s press release on Krakauer after the jump…


Steve Krakauer, senior editor of has been named digital producer of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” set to debut in January 2011 it was announced today by the show’s executive producer Jonathan Wald.

“Steve has been a leading voice in the digital world, reporting on cable news, politics and pop culture.  He’ll be a great addition to the CNN team and will be instrumental in driving “Piers Morgan Tonight” beyond its one hour of television and into a more active online experience,” said Wald.

Most recently, Krakauer was senior editor of, the media news, opinion and rankings website where he covered media and television, conducting interviews with industry leaders, launching multimedia web shows and breaking news. He helped launch the site in July 2009, which is now ranked in Technorati’s Top 10 blogs. He was previously an editor at, and was part of the NBC page program. Krakauer has appeared as a guest on NBC, Fox News and MSNBC. He was named a “rising star” by the New York Times in April 2010. He graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School in 2006.