Newsdesk Editor, CNN Digital
For the past decade, Thomas G. Watkins has been a news editor on the CNN Wire, reporting, writing and editing stories for the network’s multitude of platforms. He was hired by CNN in 1990, just before the first Gulf War, as a producer in the medical unit, where he coordinated the network’s AIDS coverage and produced the half-hour program on medicine called “Healthweek.” He left the medical unit in 1994 to work as an assignment editor on the national desk, then as a producer/correspondent.
He came to CNN after working for five years at Medical Tribune, a newspaper for doctors based in New York, where he rose 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 National Public Radio and for the public television station.
Watkins earned his master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and his undergraduate degree in biology from Brown University. He attended a year of high school 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 CNN teams that won a Peabody, a DuPont and four News and Documentary Emmy Awards. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Alumni Association.