One of the founders of the Cable News Network in 1980, David Bernknopf recently retired at the end of September 2001. During his career at CNN, David worked at every job from script ripper to writer to executive producer. He produced documentaries, national political races, political conventions and covered major national and international stories.
Bernknopf won three Emmys at CNN and numerous other awards including the National Headliner Award in 1987, as well as the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow award in 2001.
In 1998, David created the job of director of news planning for CNN. He was, in essence, the network's “news futurist,” trying to anticipate the stories CNN would need to cover and then devising coverage plans. His work included planning coverage of major trials, societal trends, cultural shifts and the big stories like Elian, Conditmania and the arrival of the Millennium.
On 9/11, Bernknopf drove ten hours from Atlanta to rural Pennsylvania to produce CNN’s coverage from the crash site of United Flight 93.
Today David works with Atamira Productions in Atlanta, helping corporations, politicians and individuals fine-tune and focus their message to better communicate in an increasingly complex media world. He also has visited the University of Colorado for the past six years to teach at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.