CNN Appoints Kevin Flower as Bureau Chief and Ben Wedeman as Correspondent in Jerusalem

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Kevin Flower, former Baghdad Bureau Chief has been appointed Bureau Chief at CNN's Jerusalem bureau. Joining Flower at the Jerusalem Bureau is correspondent Ben Wedeman, former Cairo Bureau chief.  

Both have recently taken up their new positions and are coordinating CNN's current coverage from Jerusalem. Flower, who has been with CNN since 1995, will have responsibility for all output from this strategically important CNN hub, supported by the highly experienced Wedeman as the lead correspondent.

These two new appointments underline CNN's commitment to the Jerusalem bureau and both bring a wealth of experience.  Flower oversaw all operations in Baghdad from 2004 - 2006 including CNN access to Saddam Hussein's first court appearance and exclusive embedded broadcasts for military offensives in Najaf, Samarra and al-Anbar province.  Wedeman has served in both Cairo and Amman as bureau chief and has reported extensively on the Middle East peace process as well as conflicts in Africa, Iraq and Kosovo.  

"Jerusalem is one of the busiest bureaux in the world and the appointment of two journalists as experienced as Kevin and Ben makes a clear statement about the importance of this office," said Tony Maddox, senior vice president of international newsgathering.  "Both men bring to the bureau a deep knowledge of the Middle East and will further strengthen our widely respected team there," he added.

 "I am honoured that CNN has asked me to take on this key international role," said Flower. "Jerusalem is to many the epicentre of the Middle East and I am thrilled to be at the centre of CNN's operation there."

CNN first opened the Jerusalem Bureau in 1983 and the operation has been at the heart of its Middle Eastern coverage ever since.   

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