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Jason Bellini

Jason Bellini (born July 12, 1975)[1] is an American journalist, and until August 2008 was the lead news anchor for CBS News on Logo. He received the 2006 "Journalist of the Year" award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).[2] Bellini was a CNN correspondent from 1998 to 2005. He produced stories for CNN on assignment using a hand-held digital camera and a laptop computer, used for editing, often working by himself to create complete stories.

Jason Bellini

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Early lifeEdit

In 1992, Bellini became a U.S. Senate Page in Washington, DC. The next year, Bellini graduated from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona where he was on the school newspaper. He was a participant in the Hall of Friendship, an organization dedicated to cross-cultural understanding between the newspaper staff and foreign exchange students. In 1997, Bellini earned a bachelor's degree in history from Georgetown University.

Professional careerEdit

In 1998, Bellini began his career with CNN as a production assistant i2N's news program for middle school and high school students. He also served as a field producer for CNN International, covering the NATO airstrikes against Yugoslavia. One of his Kosovo stories achieved Medalist Status in the 1999 New York Festival Awards.

In 2000, Bellini worked for MTV where he served as part of that network's "street team" for MTV's Choose or Lose election coverage that followed the presidential candidates on the campaign trail during Election 2000. He was also a freelance writer for Washingtonpost.com and Channel One News. In 2001 Bellini spent months in New York City covering the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks as the crisis evolved into an international war on terrorism. He later traveled to Central Asia to report on the story from Afghanistan. He also covered the Kashmir conflict from India. Bellini received a gold medal from the New York Festivals for "Jason's Journal: The Holy Land", a program he produced on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. In 2003 Bellini reported as one of CNN's 18 embedded journalists during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He reported, often from the front lines, from his position with the U.S. Marines. In February 2003, Bellini was part of the team of CNN correspondents and anchors that covered the breaking news story of the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy.

In 2005, Bellini became the lead news anchor for CBS News on Logo. In 2007, Bellini hosted two podcasts: CBS News on Logo and Jason Bellini's Here and Now, a self-described "vlog" (video blog). From 2009 to 2010: Bellini freelanced for The Daily Beast. In 2012, he produced a CNBC documentary, UPS/FedEx: Inside the Package Wars.[1] From 2013 to 2014, Bellini was a frequent guest on FOX NEWS' On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren. In 2012, Bellini became a senior producer and reporter at The Wall Street Journal, a position he continued as of January 2018.

Personal lifeEdit

He is an Eagle Scout. He is openly gay.[3]

Jason is the older brother of CNN's Jarrett Bellini.

 
Jason Bellini with his dogs Bugsy and Theo

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Jason Bellini". IMDb. 
  2. ^ NLGJA Archived 2007-01-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Hillis, James (2007-05-13). "Gay Newsmen - A Clearer Picture". Retrieved 2008-05-08.