Dorrine Mendoza

Dorrine Mendoza is a senior producer at specializing in social media news gathering. She looks very serious in this photo but is actually a fun person. Before CNN she was the online content producer at the North County Times, where she did social media and online community management. She has more than 10 years of experience in print, broadcast and new media journalism, and blends these disciplines to produce engaging and responsive coverage. She has won numerous awards for her work in each field beginning with an Associated Press Managing Editors award for reporting in 1998, to a broadcast Emmy in 2007, and President’s Award for Innovation in in 2010. She led the North County Times initiative to livestream their first event – the Escondido “bomb house” burning, and was the first North County Times journalist to live blog from a local trial. As a member of the Online News Association she is active in several groups focused on improving digital news delivery including #wjchat and the Facebook group, Social Journalism. She also taught beginning social media at the SDSU College of Extended Studies.