NowThis News’ Editor-in-Chief Ed O’Keefe Departs for CNN

/ May 13, 2014

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NowThis News’ editor-in-chief Ed O’Keefe has left the company to join CNN as its new VP of CNN Money and Politics. In the role, O’Keefe will be responsible for all digital content for the two beats as well as the creation of cross-platform content.

“Ed is uniquely suited for this job. He specializes in mobile, social, and video storytelling — critical areas of growth for Money and Politics,” said Meredith Artley, VP and managing editor of CNN Digital, in a statement. “Ed’s digital expertise, TV experience, and progressive startup mentality will help light up these important verticals for CNN.”

CNN is set to fully acquire CNN Money on June 1. Up until now, the site has been operated as a joint venture between CNN and Time Inc. That will no longer be the case following Time Warner’s planned divestiture of Time Inc.

Once CNN takes over CNN Money, the network says it plans to make a “significant investment” in social, mobile, video, and new ad formats.

O’Keefe will be tasked with overseeing a similar investment and content strategy for CNN’s political coverage online. On this front, he will work closely with DC bureau chief Sam Feist, the network said.

Prior to overseeing editorial for NowThis News, a Lerer Ventures-backed short-form news video provider that also counts NBCUniversal as an investor, O’Keefe spent 12 years at ABC News, where his most recent position was executive producer of ABC News Digital. O’Keefe was instrumental in the content partnership struck between ABC News and Yahoo.

At CNN, he will remain based in New York City and will report to Artley. Newly promoted executive editor of CNN Money Lex Harris will report to O’Keefe.

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