Senior Director, National News Technology
Gregory Agvent is the Senior Director of National News Technology, and he leads the newly created CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting unit, CNN AIR. Agvent is responsible for designing and executing the technical, logistical and production strategies to support CNN’s multi-platform editorial mission, including the implementation of unmanned aerial systems. He provides strategic vision bridging the editorial and technical worlds, with a focus on applied technologies; enhanced multi-platform production systems, developing newsgathering technologies, information management systems and other nascent technologies.
Based in Atlanta, he has worked extensively with both the Editorial and Technical leadership in developing and executing CNN’s broadcast coverage of virtually every significant domestic news story of the last 15 years.
Agvent has led CNN’s domestic UAS program since CNN initiated its research efforts in 2013. He is a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), ASTM and serves on the Advisory Boards of ASSURE (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence) and Drone World Expo.
Before becoming Director of National News Technology, Agvent was Director of Planning, focused specifically on editorial content. He served as a Coordinating Producer for CNN/Sports Illustrated for six years as well. In that role, he designed and executed the network’s daily editorial plan and had direct oversight of the day-to-day newsgathering and production.
Agvent began his career as a Production Assistant at ESPN and joined CNN in 1984. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Purdue University.