Stelter: Fact that CNN hired a 28-year-old 'may say something'

Noreen Malone profiles Brian Stelter, writing about his transition from blogger to New York Times reporter to CNN host:

Stelter has rejuvenated “Reliable Sources” by focusing more on primary sources than [previous host Howard] Kurtz, whose show was a sea of talking heads (and eventually, a sea of problems). Stelter has worked to book reporters. That CNN continued the show in the [CNN President Jeff] Zucker era is a bit of a surprise, but it has a surprisingly robust viewership of 350,000 to 500,000--thanks in no small part to its post-Fareed Zakaria time slot. Stelter says there’s no network imperative to bring in a different viewership, but proudly cites his own tender age as possible evidence they might want a slightly different direction and a show that includes coverage of Gawker, Buzzfeed, and Hulu alongside the Times. “Listen, they hired a 28-year-old,” he told me. “That may say something. I’m glad they were interested in having a younger host. I think I look at media differently than anyone older would.”

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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