Demetrius Pipkin - Hired at CNN
Demetrius Pipkin is currently a Field Producer and Writer for CNN New York. Prior to joining Turner Broadcasting, he was a field producer and writer for CBS/ 48 Hours NCIS. His natural eye for creativity started a long time ago. I asked Demetrius when IT happened. He says, “Perhaps it was the time I shivered through the night on a concrete floor next to my co-worker as rain pounded the roof of the military outpost we were seeking shelter in. There were no windows or doors in the rickety building to stop the post-hurricane winds that howled throughout the night, but no matter how uncomfortable our "accommodations" were at the time, we knew that WE were the lucky ones. Just outside of our questionable refuge, were thousands of people with nothing but the clothes and bags they carried on their backs. They were the residents of Tacloban, an island in the Philippines that had been devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Thousands of people died in that storm, and I was there to cover the aftermath. Or, maybe IT happened while riding along in the bed of a beat-up pick-up truck next to an 18-year old boy holding a rusting shotgun. He was a part of a local vigilante group tasked with protecting and policing his community in the heart of drug cartel territory - a region in southern Mexico riddled with extreme violence that not even the federal police force could control. I was there to cover the atrocities in the region.”
IT is Demetrius’s passion for storytelling. And for 10 years he has been trying to perfect his craft. "Demetrius got his first taste of the television world while only a senior in high school. He worked as a part-time photojournalist at the local NBC affiliate in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, where he covered a range of stories including local crime, sports, and the 2008 Presidential election. After graduating, Demetrius moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to attend school at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. During his three-year tenure at ASU, Demetrius freelanced for a number of different organizations where he shot, edited, and wrote his own stories. In 2011, he packed his bags and moved to New York to accept a fellowship at CBS News, which would eventually lead him to a reporter position at Channel One News. For over 5 years, Demetrius traveled the world producing and reporting on broad global issues including the drug war in Mexico, the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, and typhoon aftermath in the Philippines. The skills he has attained over the years has led him to become a well-rounded award-winning journalist." For Demetrius, a new job should present new challenges and new opportunities for growth. It should allow him to be a part of a team that brings the world to its audience. It should provide new skills and sharpen those he already has, and it should help him become an even stronger journalist. And that outcome is a story worth telling.