A month into his tenure as Chairman and CEO of CNN, Chris Licht said the network would create a new beat focused on gun violence in light of the mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, Tulsa, and elsewhere, Adweek reports. CNN says the reporting team will be led by CNN guns and security correspondent Josh Campbell. The new beat will explore who buys and sells guns, who makes and regulates them, and the communities most affected. Campbell has helped lead the network’s breaking news coverage of public safety and security issues. The former FBI agent won an Emmy in 2021 for reporting on the murder of George Floyd and has had Emmy nominations for reporting on terrorism and immigration issues.
Former CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin has advocated for the creation of a beat focused on gun violence, saying tv news networks should “not look away from school shootings.” She wrote in The Atlantic, "How about adding mass shootings as a regular beat? Reporters should pound on the doors of senators who continue to vote no on gun-control legislation, who are prepared to sacrifice lives on the altar of the NRA and the good ol’ boys." Other members of CNN's team include Stephen Gutowski, founder of The Reload, Jennifer Mascia, a founding staffer of The Trace, and Los Angeles-based Abene Clayton of The Guardian, lead reporter on the newspaper’s “Guns & Lies in America” series, which launched in 2019.