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SJGC Alum Sidney Wright IV named Executive Producer of CNN’s “New Day Weekend”

By Sterling Bright
January 19, 2021

Since graduating from Florida A&M University in 2008, Sidney Wright IV has yet to slow down in his career. In December of 2020 Wright was named the Executive Producer of “New Day Weekend” with Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul at CNN. As Executive Producer, Wright is responsible for organizing and producing multiple hours of live news coverage for CNN’s weekend morning show.

“It’s a lot to take in sometimes with this responsibility, but I feel really good and my team is incredible. This has felt like a natural progression for me, so I’ve been able to step in and keep the train going,” said Wright.

Over his 15-year career Wright has had the ability to gain experience in almost every realm of journalism. Since leaving “The Hill” he has had the ability to produce news on the national and local level. While also gaining knowledge inside the newsroom and out in the field.

A part of his new position he will oversee all aspects of the broadcast while maintaining all administrative and editorial duties. He will be responsible for the direction of the show, guests, and production. While also leading a team of more than a dozen producers, editors, and writers.

Wright got his start in Tallahassee while working as an editor and producer for local stations. However, he made his leap in the industry as he moved to New York City to work as an associate producer for the national assignment desk and “World News” with Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer.

Wright has been at CNN since 2016 and was initially brought on as a writer for Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield. He then went on to become Whitfield's Senior Producer and later Senior Producer of "CNN Right Now with Brianna Keilar."

While a student a FAMU, he made sure he left his mark. As former Editor-In-Chief of the Famuan, he discussed how news has always captured his attention. For him he always knew he wanted to be a journalist, because even as early as 11 he had a strong hunger for knowledge. He discussed how he knew TV was where he wanted to be, but also understood the work it would take to get there.

“The best thing you can do for yourself is to stay engaged and stay active. Whether writing for the paper or helping the newscast. Those are the things that set you apart and those are the things that people like me look for,” said Wright.

Wright has been a guest in several classes at SJGC since graduating in 2008. He discussed that despite the pandemic there is always something that you could do to further your skills as a journalist. He gave this advice to students so that they know if you truly arm yourselves with knowledge no one will be able to question you or your abilities.