Profits and Polar Bears

Climate in the Media with Jessica Yellin

What are the barriers for effectively covering climate change on TV news? How is the news industry evolving? What challenges and opportunities does this evolution present to journalists and reporters?

In this informative discussion, Jessica Yellin, former chief White House correspondent for CNN, engages with modern issues facing TV journalists in their attempt to cover today’s climate-related news and policy.  Jisung and Jessica dive into the ever-changing news business and evaluate the impact that presentation, profits, and polar bears have on climate change coverage.




About Jessica:

Jessica Yellin is a political journalist whose award-winning career includes reporting for CNN, ABC, and MSNBC. At CNN she covered the White House, Capitol Hill, and domestic politics. Her work was featured prominently in the last three campaign cycles and her documentary on President Obama aired throughout the 2012 election. She currently serves as a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

As CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent, Yellin interviewed President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, and has conducted interviews with Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W.Bush and first lady Laura Bush among others. Yellin provided extensive coverage from the battleground states during the 2008 and 2010 elections and has reported from around the globe including Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. In Washington, Yellin covered significant policy debates including the push to reform the financial regulatory system. In 2010 she won a Gracie Award for her reporting on the intersection of women and politics.

Prior to CNN, Yellin was a White House correspondent for ABC News and an overnight anchor and correspondent for MSNBC. As a general assignment reporter for WTVT-TV she reported on the 2000 Florida recount in Tallahasee. She began her broadcast career in 1998 as a general assignment reporter for Orlando’s 24-hour cable news channel, Central Florida News 13. In 1999, she was named morning anchor.

Yellin graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University and graduated from the Westlake School for Girls. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.


Images: Breitbart, CNN, Fox News, Getty Images North America, Harmony Foundation of Canada, Jessica Yellin/WBUR, Politico, Smithsonian Magazine, Showtime, The Iowa Republican, UA News, US Office of Management and Budget, Wikimedia Commons

Intro/Outro: Basspartout, “New Horizons,” AudioJungle.


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