Bobbie Battista was one of the first news anchors hired by CNN in 1981. She began her long and distinguished career at the network at CNN Headline News, where she anchored for four years.
Ms. Battista moved to CNN in 1986 where she began a long tenure anchoring and producing numerous programs including CNN Today, World News, Prime News, Newsday and NewsHour. She covered and reported on 23 years of history including the 9/11 Tragedy, the Gulf War, the fall of the Soviet Union and the Berlin Wall, the Challenger explosion and multiple Republican and Democratic National political conventions.
During this time, Ms. Battista also anchored a daily program on CNN International, making her the only anchor in the company’s history to work at all three CNN networks.
As part of her duties, she traveled internationally for the network to such locations as east bloc Poland, Britain and Portugal.
In 1998, Ms. Battista was chosen to host CNN’s Talkback Live, television’s first interactive talk show, weekdays from 3-4PM (ET). As host of Talkback, Ms. Battista melded a live studio audience, multiple newsmaker guests, and a nationwide high-tech audience into a fast-paced interview and discussion program. She also supervised a staff of twelve.
Before joining CNN, Ms. Battista was the primary 6 and 11 anchor for Action News 5, WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. for seven years. She also held positions as a producer and reporter while there. She began her career at WAKS Radio in Raleigh, N.C.
After leaving CNN, Ms. Battista became a principal in Atamira Communications in Atlanta, Georgia, where she provided media guidance, strategy consulting and market intelligence to a variety of clients in conjunction with Atamira’s corporate production services.
Ms. Battista recently returned to live television, hosting a mid-day, two- hour news and feature program on the new network, Retirement Living Television in Washington, DC.
Among her distinctions, Ms. Battista was the recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award for the writing and producing of a five-station documentary effort on the subject of juvenile crime.
She was nominated for a CableAce award for Best Newscaster in 1995. She was selected by cable viewers as Outstanding News Personality in On Cable Magazine’s annual poll and voted Best Newscaster in Cable Guide’s annual readers poll.
Ms. Battista is a previous member of Women in Communications and the Society for Professional Journalists and is an active member of AFTRA. She has spoken at universities and institutes worldwide. Ms. Battista also teaches journalism and public relations classes occasionally at Emory University in Atlanta.
Ms. Battista holds a bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film production from Northwestern University.