Marcus Mabry is the Senior Vice President of Digital Editorial and Programming for CNN Digital Worldwide. In his role, he represents CNN’s digital leadership team across the business, leading strategy for the digital editorial and programming teams that are on the front lines of connecting CNN’s journalism to global audiences. His leadership and oversight include the CNN.com homepage and mobile and off-platform alerting and publishing, as well as supporting engagement across all aspects of CNN’s global digital businesses including CNN.com, CNN Audio, CNN Features, CNN Opinion, CNN Style, CNN Travel and CNN Underscored.
Mabry came to CNN in 2016 to lead the mobile programming team during a time when CNN repeatedly broke audience records, routinely reaching the best months on record in mobile. He built the best mobile news team in the business, with a talented and diverse cast.
An award-winning reporter and editor with a record of innovation, before coming to CNN, Mabry was the first North American editor of Twitter Moments, the social platform’s news product. Before Twitter, he held multiple posts at The New York Times, including anchoring the daily web video show, TimesCast, and anchoring live video coverage of the 2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. At the Times, Mabry served as International Business Editor, a National politics editor, editor-at-large and a senior editor at the international edition based in Paris, where he conceived and led the Times’ first global news blog, IHT Rendezvous.
Mabry started his career at Newsweek magazine as an intern – after opening mail at his hometown paper, The Trentonian, and interning at The Boston Globe. At Newsweek, Mabry was a Business editor, a State Department Correspondent, Paris Correspondent and Africa Bureau Chief based in Johannesburg where he covered the presidency of Nelson Mandela. He has reported or edited politics, foreign affairs, economics, culture and war in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. He has been under fire in Bosnia, Croatia, Sudan, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
He was previously the president of the Overseas Press Club of America and the Edward R. Murrow Fellow at The Council on Foreign Relations. He is a trustee of The Lawrenceville School, The Quad Preparatory School, International Schools Services and The Oliver Scholars Program. He is the author of two books – one on Condoleezza Rice, and another on black America. He’s a former national secretary of the NLGJA, a Lifetime Member of NABJ and the co-founder of NABJ’s LGBTQ+ Task Force.
Mabry has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford and is a graduate of the NAMIC Executive Leadership Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He also studied at The Sorbonne and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and speaks fluent French. He lives in New York City, with his partner and two children.