John D. Sutter is an award-winning columnist for CNN and creator of the network's "2 degrees" project, which aims to involve readers in climate change coverage. Based at CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, Sutter reports to Richard Galant, senior editor for CNN Opinion.
Since joining CNN in 2009, Sutter has reported on a wide range of topics for the network, from income inequality to environmental justice and global human rights. His online story and documentary on Mauritania, the last country to abolish slavery, won the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, as well as numerous other honors, including those from the Foreign Press Association, the Online News Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. It received an EMMY nomination for new approaches to documentary film. Sutter's work on the Change the List series -- in which readers voted on social justice issues for him to cover -- won the Batten Medal for public service journalism from the American Society of News Editors. His series on LGBT rights in Mississippi won the 2014 Al Neuharth Award for investigative reporting.
Sutter is a firm believer in involving readers and viewers in the storytelling process. He co-produced CNN iReport's "Walk in our shoes" project, which was a collective walk around the world, filmed by CNN's audience. It won a Webby Award in 2011. And, with help from readers, he live-tweeted a walk down the 17-mile path of a deadly tornado in 2013.
Previously, Sutter was a staff writer at The Oklahoman, where he covered Oklahoma City government and environmental issues. He also worked as a documentary film intern and freelancer in Madagascar and as a news intern at a daily newspaper in Cape Town, South Africa. He was a post-graduate fellow at the Poynter Institute. Sutter earned a bachelor's degree in international studies and journalism from Emory University in 2005.