A little more than a year after joining The Los Angeles Times, S. Mitra Kalita jumps to Vice President of Programming at CNN.
In her new role, Kalita will oversee storytelling, and the distribution of storytelling, on multiple platforms, according to CNN’s announcement Tuesday.
Taking the job at CNN, Kalita said, gives her an opportunity to innovate in two areas that are critical to the future of journalism: video and mobile.
“I’ve spent my career trying to make journalism more accessible, the foreclosure crisis in America to labor laws in India to homelessness in Los Angeles. This job represents incredible power to shape stories people already care about and bring new angles and awareness to those they don’t,” Kalita said. “The future of journalism is not prose or video, a graphic or shareline. The future of journalism, like its past, rests on the power of a story. CNN’s plans for digital expansion recognize that we need new ways, of gathering, telling and delivering. …Indeed, when news happens, you turn to CNN. That is incredible reach but it also represents incredible opportunity for further engagement.”
In her new role, Kalita will return to her home state of New York, where she has also previously worked. She will report to CNN’s editor-in-chief, Meredith Artley.
In joining the Times in March of 2015, Kalita was charged with remaking the newspaper’s legacy newsroom, and “creating new forms of journalism.” A big splash was made when she announced a non-traditional hire, bringing aboard PhD student Dexter Thomas to cover Black Twitter and other online communities.
Upon her hire, the Times said of Kalita: “The news environment and the needs of readers are changing more rapidly than at any time in the history of our industry. The Los Angeles Times should do more than keep pace with that change; we must strive to lead it.”
Before landing in Los Angeles, Kalita was the founding ideas editor for Quartz. She also worked for the Wall Street Journal, Mint, a business newspaper based in India, Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. She also served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association