CNN names executive producer for new Cuomo show

CNN names executive producer for new Cuomo show
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CNN has named Melanie Buck, a former executive producer of Jake Tapper's Sunday political affairs program "State of the Union," executive producer of Chris Cuomo's primetime program set to debut on June 4
 
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Buck "oversaw interviews with major newsmakers, from Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe four China strategies Trump or Biden will need to consider Trump flails as audience dwindles and ratings plummet How the US could respond to Russia's support of the Taliban MORE to Parkland, Florida Sheriff Scott Israel after the Stoneman Douglas shooting," reads the announcement from CNN. 

"Prior to joining State of the Union, Buck was a Supervising Producer for The Lead with Jake Tapper and an integral player on the show’s successful launch. During her tenure at CNN, she has covered numerous presidential and midterm elections and was part of a key group of producers working on presidential debates," it continues. 
 
Buck won a News and Documentary Emmy Award for CNN's live coverage of the 2011 revolution in Egypt that led to then-President Hosni Mubarak's resignation. 

CNN also announced that Buck will be replaced on "State of the Union" by Abigail Crutchfield, who served the past year as a senior producer on the program. 
 
Crutchfield also contributed to the network's town hall and debate specials, including most recently one last month featuring former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHannity's first book in 10 years debuts at No. 1 on Amazon This week: Negotiators hunt for coronavirus deal as August break looms FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book MORE and a February town hall featuring Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students shortly after a mass shooting there left 17 people dead. 
 
Cuomo, who joined CNN from ABC News in 2013, will be competing against the two of the highest-rated hosts in cable news when his 9 p.m. show debuts next month. Fox's Sean Hannity and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow also have their shows aired at that time.