Multimillion Dollar Redesign for CNN London Award-winning CNN veteran Tom Mintier has been appointed CNN London bureau chief, it was announced today by Eason Jordan, president, newsgathering and international networks, CNN News Group.
Mintier, previously CNN's Bangkok bureau chief, relocates to London, CNN's largest bureau outside the US and the hub of its European newsgathering operations, in September, as the bureau completes a major multimillion dollar refit. He replaces Charles Hoff, who is returning to network headquarters in Atlanta to take up the position of Deputy National Managing Editor and Director of Coverage.
"Tom has covered some of the world's most important news events in the past 17 years, from Tiananmen Square to the Persian Gulf War," said Jordan. "His first-hand knowledge of world events and impeccable breaking news credentials make him ideal to head up CNN's London bureau, at a time of major social, political and economic significance for Europe."
Mintier will coordinate international news coverage at CNN London, which is being refurbished with new studios and upgraded editing facilities to cater for the bureau's growing importance as the centre of the network's European newsgathering and programming production.
From the British Elections to the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, to the Drumcree stand-off in the on-going Northern Ireland peace process, CNN London is continually at the heart of the network's news coverage, fielding producers and reporters wherever the story demands. Additionally, since the introduction of a regionalised service for Europe a year ago, the bureau is responsible for producing the bulk of the network's raft of new programming, including CNN This Morning, Pinnacle Europe and Inside Europe. In total, the London bureau produces and broadcasts 28 hours a week of international and business news as well as feature programming.
As Bangkok bureau chief, Mintier was responsible for CNN's coverage in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. He reported on a number of prominent stories in the region, including the Asian economic crisis, the earthquake in Afghanistan, and Pakistan's recent nuclear testing. Mintier also played an instrumental role in CNN's coverage of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing, which he covered while on vacation in the United States.
Before opening CNN's Bangkok bureau, Mintier was a CNN national correspondent based in Atlanta. He was one of the network's primary reporters during the Gulf War, reporting daily from Baghdad during the invasion of Kuwait. Mintier also covered the ground war from Saudi Arabia and later anchored a CNN Special Report from the burning oil fields of Kuwait.
Mintier has reported live from the scene of several major, historic breaking news events, including the 1989 student rebellion in Tiananmen Square; the 1989 opening of the Berlin Wall; the U.S. invasion and capture of Manuel Noriega in Panama; and the 1989 summit between Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Cuban President Fidel Castro in Cuba. Mintier also has covered more than 25 space missions for CNN, and was the only network television journalist in the world reporting live as the 1986 space shuttle Challenger exploded, killing the seven astronauts aboard.
Mintier has received special prestigious awards for his work, including Emmys for coverage of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing and the 1989 Tiananmen Square student uprising.
Before joining CNN, Mintier worked as a general assignment reporter at WLKY in Louisville, Kentuky. From 1977 to 1979, Mintier reported for WHAS, also in Louisville, and in the seven years before that, he served as a camera operator at WHAS and at WBNS in Columbus, Ohio. From 1967 through 1970, Mintier was a combat photographer for the Army in Vietnam and, in 1970, was named by the government as motion picture photographer of the year.
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