Ryan Smith is CNN’s Global Projects Commissioning Editor. He manages a large portfolio of editorial series — including CNN’s award-winning modern-day slavery initiative, Freedom Project, environmental projects such as Eco Solutions, and others including Her, Inside the Middle East and One Square Meter.
Previously the head of CNN’s international digital video team, Ryan has worked on the biggest international news stories of the past decade – including three U.S. elections, the Syrian War, the UK Royal Wedding, the 2011 Japanese Tsunami, the Paris terror attacks and the deaths of Nelson Mandela and Michael Jackson.
Beyond his editorial responsibilities, Ryan is an expert in digital audience growth and product development. He has been part of many CNN firsts, including the release of CNN’s YouTube channel and the creation of various digital video products.