Jessie Gretener is a News Desk Producer based in London. She contributes to CNN’s breaking news and newsgathering operations across the EMEA region for television and digital platforms. She specialises in human rights, with a particular interest in sexual and reproductive rights.
Prior to this role, Gretener worked as a producer for flagship CNN International programmes, outputting more than 1000 hours of live television at CNN, including during breaking news and special coverage events.
Most prominently, Gretener played a critical role in establishing the editorial, strategic, and multi-platform vision for ‘The Global Brief with Bianca Nobilo’ during its launch on CNN International. In this London based role, she was responsible for all aspects of the show on and off air, overseeing a team of writers and editors in London and Atlanta.
Gretener also worked as a line producer in Abu Dhabi for ‘Connect the World with Becky Anderson’. During her time in the United Arab Emirates, she contributed to the show’s Emmy award-winning breaking news coverage of the 2019 Turkish incursion into Syria, and played a vital role in the network’s live programming during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gretener first joined CNN in 2018 at the age of 20. Just over a year later, she received an Emmy nomination as a producer for Christiane Amanpour. During her time with ‘Amanpour’, she produced long form interviews with world leaders, activists, and celebrities, including: Jacinda Ardern, David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Stella McCartney.
Gretener has lived in five cities across three continents. Before joining CNN, Gretener worked for the BBC, Australia’s Seven Network and Network Ten. She launched her media career at the age of 15, partnering with tourism boards and brands to produce travel and lifestyle content for various digital and print publications.
Gretener holds a Bachelor’s degree in Multi-Platform Production from Charles Sturt University and a Master of Human Rights degree from Curtin University, graduating in the top 5% of her cohort. She is currently studying a Graduate Certificate of Sexology at Curtin University. In 2023, she completed The Walkley Foundation for Journalism Leadership Program.