David Bohrman Leaving CNN

By Chris Ariens 

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After 14 years with CNN, former Washington Bureau Chief David Bohrman, named “chief innovation officer” of CNN Worldwide in March, is leaving the company, TVNewser has learned.

In a farewell email to staff, Bohrman writes, “I have been offered a fantastic new opportunity, and [CNN Worldwide President] Jim [Walton] has graciously agreed to let me give it a go.”

Before CNN, Bohrman spent four years at NBC News as Executive Producer for Special Events. Before that he spent more than 13 years at ABC News where, among other roles, he created ABC’s overnight show “World News Now.”

Bohrman left DC earlier this year, moving to Northern California where he telecommuted for his chief innovation officer job. While Bohrman was vague on where he’s headed, insiders suspect it’s a Silicon Valley tech firm.

“David’s leadership helped our teams set a standard for election and event coverage,” says Walton in a statement. “We appreciate his contributions to CNN and wish him continued success.”

Bohrman’s memo after the jump…

Today will be my last day with CNN. I have been offered a fantastic new opportunity, and Jim has graciously agreed to let me give it a go.

In the coming days you will hear details of what I will be doing, but today I want to send a brief note of thanks to all of you here at CNN.

In the past decade, not only have I been able to create and produce daily programs, but I have been lucky enough to oversee and produce FIVE November election nights, 4 conventions, and probably about 50 debates, primary nights, and other major Special Events (which I think puts me second only to Bob Furnad in the history of CNN). We have won critical acclaim, the ratings, and many awards.

In addition to having had the reins of the Washington Bureau, this has allowed me to work with just about every single one of the thousands of employees at CNN Worldwide and benefit from their hard work and tireless effort. These events are really the ultimate team endeavor, and without listing every one of the many jobs and people who all took part, I just want to say thanks, and give a “tip of the headset” to you all.

All the best,
David Bohrman