CNN’s Janelle Rodriguez Upped to VP of Programming

By Merrill Knox 

Janelle Rodriguez has been promoted to vice president of programming for CNN, EVP Ken Jautz announced today.

Rodriguez has been CNN’s director of programming, overseeing the network’s Atlanta-based programs, since 2010. Prior to that, she served as a New York-based executive producer for the network.

“Her drive and passion for the news are  hallmarks of the best of CNN,” Jautz wrote in a memo to staffers announcing the promotion.

Read the full announcement after the jump.

To: CNN Colleagues

From:      Ken Jautz


I’m pleased to announce that Janelle Rodriguez has been promoted to Vice President of Programming for CNN/U.S.  For the last two years, Janelle has been responsible for a significant portion of our daily programming, overseeing all Atlanta-based programs including the weekday and weekend editions of CNN Newsroom.

Under Janelle’s leadership we have seen many enhancements to our daily approach, better collaboration across divisions to integrate CNN’s dayside news programming throughout our networks and platforms, and ratings growth.  She has also taken a leadership role in producing many of our critical news events. She most recently helped lead the network breaking news coverage of the passing of Whitney Houston, a story that was of great interest to many Americans.  She has helmed cross-platform programming for the Royal Wedding and the final Space Shuttle launch, and highlighted our international breaking news from the falls of dictators in Egypt and Libya to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to the death of Osama bin Laden.

Janelle has grown with our company, starting as a producer and developing to executive producer.  Her drive and passion for the news are hallmarks of the best of CNN.

Please join me in congratulating Janelle on this well-deserved promotion.