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"The Global View of the American Election" with Tommy Evans

February 09, 2017
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Humanities Center Conference Room D

Tommy Evans is Vice President and London Bureau Chief for CNN International, overseeing the network’s newsgathering across Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.  Prior to this he was CNN International’s Senior Director of Coverage, managing the London Newsdesk and all EMEA-based, crews, producers and reporters – including three senior international correspondents in London.

Overseeing fifteen CNN International bureaux, Evans has led CNN’s coverage of some of the major news events of the past few years including the recent terror attacks in Paris, the Syrian civil war, the Eurozone crisis, the 2012 London Olympics and the ongoing political and social unrest in the wake of the Arab Spring revolutions.

As the Senior International Field Producer based in London Evans spent the majority of his time in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria and across Europe. During which he covered the death of Osama Bin Laden, the rise of Boko Haram, the Polish President Plane crash in Russia and the Catholic abuse scandal among other stories of note.

Before being transferred to CNN London Bureau, Evans was Senior International Producer based at CNN’s Baghdad operation. Appointed to this post in 2006, he worked with CNN’s Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware as part of the network’s primary reporting team in Iraq, producing and editing scripts from the studio and in the field. The two were embedded with coalition forces and also undertook non-embed investigative reporting throughout the country. During this period Evans also served rotations as Baghdad bureau chief, running day-to-day staffing and security operations.

Previous to this assignment, Evans produced one of CNN’s top-rated prime time news programmes, ‘Anderson Cooper 360’. He produced from the studio and in the field during major news events including Hurricane Katrina and the 7/7 bombings in London.

Joining CNN as an associate producer at CNN’s New York bureau, Evans worked on a variety of shows and breaking news stories, most notably the September 11 attacks and their aftermath.

Evans has received a number of prestigious awards for his work at CNN, including three Emmy awards, two Edward R. Murrow awards, three Peabody awards, and a Prix Bayeux.  He was also instrumental in winning CNN International’s two Royal Television Society awards for News Channel of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

Evans is also a still photographer, his images from the revolutions in Tunisa and Egypt, the Civil War in Libya, the War in Afghanistan and Pakistan, most notably from Abbottabad covering the death of Osama bin Laden appearing on CNN.com, the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Before joining the network, Evans studied for Master’s degree in International Politics at London’s School for Oriental and African Studies. Evans also graduated from the University of Rochester, New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Studio Arts.

Born in Singapore Evans spent most of his childhood living in Thailand and India.

Lunch will be served. RSVP to humanities@rochester.edu 

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