CNN Worldwide Chief Jeff Zucker Is ‘Doing Great’ After Undergoing Heart Surgery

By A.J. Katz 

CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker told staffers back on July 19 that he would be taking a six-week medical leave to have much-needed heart surgery.

According to NBC News’ Claire Atkinson, Zucker underwent the surgery, and “he’s doing great.”

As was the plan all along, Zucker will be taking the remainder of August off to recuperate, and is expected to return to the office in September.

CNN U.S. evp of programming Michael Bass has been handling things on the editorial side during Zucker’s absence, and his management team has been taking care of the rest.

Zucker, 53, has been the president of CNN since 2013, overseeing all of CNN’s businesses, including CNN U.S., CNN International, HLN, all of CNN’s digital properties and the company’s studio Great Big Story.