One of the founding employees of the Cable News Network in 1980, David Bernknopf retired from CNN 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 and covered national political races, political conventions and major national and international stories, including the doomed United flight 93 on 9/11.
Bernknopf won three Emmys at CNN and numerous other awards, including a National Headliner Award in 1987 and 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.
Today, Bernknopf works with Atamira Productions in Atlanta, helping corporations, politicians and individuals fine-tune and focus their message to better communicate in an increasing complex media world. He also has visited the University of Colorado for the past seven years to teach at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.