Penny Manis is the Director of Business Programming at CNNInternational in New York. Her family comes from Patras, and she is a first-generation Greek-American who grew up in New Jersey.
She won two Emmy awards for leading the team that covered the earthquake in Haiti for the prominent CNN news program "Anderson Cooper 360." She was also awarded the Peabody Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the 2008 U.S. Presidential election campaign.
In her own words...
On how she ended up at CNN:
"I wanted to use my Spanish and I was looking for an internship in a company with a Spanish-speaking section. I ended up talking to someone on Capitol Hill, and he suggested that I call CNN, since they had a Spanish-speaking section. I called CNN and it was that day that their intern had resigned, so i didn't even go through an interview. I was told: "We need an intern. You are hired, come tomorrow."
On her work:
"I manage the department of international business news for CNN International. Every morning I help our teams in Hong Kong, London, and New York identify the economic news of the day, the way they will be presented, the journalists responsible for each program. We are in constant contact with events that take place far away and we are able to describe these events in an interesting way."
On the challenges of journalism:
"You have to have a deep passion for journalism to withstand the difficulties of the shows, the movements required for reporting, the collecting of information, but if you like it, then you are in the best place of the world."