Renee L. Ernst Producer, Social Publishing CNN
Growing up in Hawai’i offered me the unique experience of “island living.” Beneath the laid back attitude, lies a people who are appreciative, caring and cultured. Living a somewhat sheltered childhood brought incredible perspective when, at 19 years old, I moved to the east coast for college.
Since graduating with my Bachelor’s in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008, I have worked in the news industry for more than seven years. From an intern at The Daily News in Vineland, NJ, to a newsroom clerk, then web producer and finally a breaking news reporter at The Asbury Park Press – the beginning of my career in journalism evolved drastically and I enjoyed adapting to the changes.
In 2011, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in criminal justice in Texas. After two years, I was offered a job to return to media, but as a web producer at The (Bergen) Record in northern New Jersey. I felt nostalgic for journalism – my heart never really leaving the industry I love.
After 7 months, I was promoted from web producer to social media editor. I developed a nearly nonexistent social presence, into one that broke Bridgegate news involving New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie. I was offered a job a The Huffington Post and I joined a dynamic team where social media was a priority. After a little more than a year, I recruited to the social publishing team at CNN. Currently my title is Producer, Social Publishing for CNN. I am thoroughly pleased with my current role with CNN and look forward to our expansion delving deeper into how social journalism changes the game.
I am lucky to have grown up in Hawai’i – I believe my upbringing has benefited me when it comes to being a real team player and keeping calm in chaotic situations. However, other than Northeast winters, I love the ambitious attitudes, the competitive nature and no-nonsense personalities of the people on the east coast.
In my spare time, I like to read, grill, hike, surf (when I’m back in Hawai’i), kayak, ride my bike, hang with my friends and watch movies. I am a wannabe foodie – but it is deeply rooted in just loving nearly everything, but not knowing exactly what it is I’m eating. I am a self-proclaimed grillmaster.