Amy is an Emmy-nominated lead writer, producer and reporter at CNN. She has created curriculae for CNN writers and reporters and has experience coordinating volunteers and leading teams of professionals. Before working for CNN, Amy was a television news anchor at one of Australia’s main broadcast networks based in the capital, Canberra. A lifelong skier and mountain-climber, Amy has slept and survived in extreme conditions in New Zealand Southern Alps, the European Alps, Himalayas, Andes and above the Arctic Circle. Due to her professional exposure, Amy has extensive experience hosting charity fundraisers, using her platform to raise awareness for a number of nonprofit organizations in the United States and overseas. Her field reporting experience gives her extensive understanding of project planning, logistics, safety, deadlines – and the ability to be flexible within all those guidelines. Having lived, worked or traveled in almost 50 countries, and having interviewed everyone from crime victims to national lawmakers, Amy has procured the ability to instantly relate and communicate with people from all cultures and walks of life.
Nicole is a Senior Editor at CNN, responsible for “the last line of defense” for CNN’s on-air broadcasts. A four-time Peabody Award winner, Nicole has over 20 years’ experience crafting CNN’s breaking news and is a highly esteemed editorial trainer and mentor at the company’s world headquarters. Nicole has extensive experience in volunteering, fundraising, organizing and logistics in the nonprofit sector. An expert on human trafficking and slavery, she has coordinated nationally and internationally broadcast segments on those issues and has extensively researched risk factors including poverty and homelessness. She has conducted groundbreaking research into child sex trafficking, and has worked and gathered information on the ground in India, Guatemala and the U.S. She maintains relationships with philanthropists and nonprofits in multiple countries. Her experience gives her valuable expertise in building relationships with those traumatized by extreme stress or abuse, as well as an understanding of the holistic challenges many such people face. She was a leader in a campaign that raised $30 million in 100 days for Sweet Briar College, and organized medical and relief flights to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Her attention to detail, wide array of personal and professional contacts, and experience training and motivating people of diverse temperaments and talents will greatly enhance this position.