Tom Watkins


Thomas G. Watkins is a freelance reporter. Last year, he wrote and edited for the United Nations’ websites on Ebola and climate change. Before that, he served for more than a decade as a news editor on the CNN Wire, reporting, writing and editing stories for the network’s various platforms. He was hired by CNN in 1990 as a producer in the medical unit, where he coordinated the network’s AIDS coverage and produced “Healthweek.”

He was a member of the CNN teams that won a Peabody, a DuPont and four News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Watkins arrived at CNN after five years at Medical Tribune, a newspaper for doctors, where he rose from reporter to managing editor. In 1987, he was awarded a Macy Fellowship in Science Broadcast Journalism, which included 10 months at WGBH in Boston, where he produced and reported pieces for public radio and television.

Watkins earned his master’s degree from Columbia University’s Journalism School and his undergraduate degree in biology from Brown University. He lived for a year in Spain, where he gained the fluency that has enabled him to report from Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico. He is a member of the board of directors of the Columbia Journalism School’s Alumni Association and of the Atlanta Press Club.