30 Under 30 Spotlight with Eva Wohiren, Associate Producer for CNN Digital
Name: Eva Wohiren
Grad Year: May 2014
Current title: Associate Producer for CNN Digital
How did you first develop an interest in journalism?
Ever since I was little, I have always had a passion for writing and telling stories. My teachers would always talk to my parents about how I excelled in that subject. And as I grew older, I saw writing as my way to explore and meet new people. There is so much potential in journalism – whether it's print, digital, or broadcast – so I am so glad I pursued it.
What was your career path after graduation?
After graduation, I immediately got a job at WSFA in Montgomery, Alabama, training to be a producer, but it had always been a dream of mine to work at ESPN. So after going through the interview process to become a production assistant at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, I decided to leave WSFA (which was about four months after I started there). At ESPN, I started out on the TV side cutting highlights for "SportsCenter" and working behind the scenes – as many PAs do. I eventually made the switch to the digital team and I am so glad I did because that led me to the path I am on now. I stayed at ESPN in Bristol for a year and transferred to SEC Network in Charlotte, North Carolina (which is ESPN owned). While I was there, my current boss reached out to me about an opening on the team. When I got the offer, I moved back to my home state of Georgia to work at CNN on the digital side.
What are some of your responsibilities as an associate producer for CNN Digital?
As an associate producer on the video programming team, I am responsible for crafting engaging headlines, and programming video on CNN.com domestic and international pages, as well as the CNN app. We also monitor air for crucial moments to pull and pair videos with text pieces. I also pitch and produce original video on a wide-range of topics such as breaking news, politics, or trending stories. My team is also responsible for putting up livestreams and programming CNN's OTT (over the top) platforms including CNNgo.
What has been your favorite part of your job so far?
So much happens on every shift. Every day is different and is dependent upon where the news takes us, but I would have to say one of my favorite experiences so far was being a part of the 2016 election season. It was such a unique election period for CNN and America, I feel like I'm a part of history.
Can you describe what an average day on the job is like for you?
My team is staffed 24/7 and I am currently working the overnight hours, so when I come in at 8 p.m., we are getting into the primetime shows. So I jump right in and monitor guests on-air to pull and place on the homepage. A little later in the night, we communicate with the writers to see what stories they are working on and try to best prepare videos to pair with each story. The goal of the overnight team is to keep our numbers strong, even in the wee hours, and focus on our international homepage as well. We also set up the morning team, so I look for trends and stories that may pick-up in the morning. Some days are insanely busy and other days are on the slower side, but there is always something to do — which I love.
What classes and/or professors do you feel best prepared you during your time as a student for your future career?
There are a few classes I remember that helped prepare me for my career – one of them was about learning AP style and being able to copy, edit, and fix mistakes. In any role, digital journalism or not, I think understanding how to craft and punctuate a proper sentence is vital. One other class that helped prepare me for the future was Broadcast Newswriting with Ric Smith. We learned that writing for air and writing for digital are very different and it is important to know how to do both -- which only adds to your market value when you are leaving school.
What’s next for you? Any long-term career goals or aspirations?
The next step is to become a producer. I want to continue to move up the ladder here at CNN and continue to develop my growth as a journalist. I hope to get more experience in the field shooting, interviewing, and editing. I am also running a personal entertainment blog called Leave it to Eva -- I hope to continue to write and grow my online presence at leaveit2eva.com.
Interview conducted by Jaylin Goodwin, graduate student in CLA's office of communication and marketing.
Last Updated: April 26, 2019