CNN has hired Allison Gollust, a longtime adviser and spokeswoman for CNN chief Jeff Zucker, to be the company's new top spokeswoman.
As new senior vice president of communications for CNN Worldwide, Gollust will oversee all messaging for CNN and serve as chief spokeswoman. She will be based in New York and will report to Jeff Matteson, senior vice president of communications for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Gollust worked with Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, for 15 years when both were at NBC. Her most recent post will do nothing to stop conservative complaints of liberal bias at CNN: She was most recently communications director for Democratic New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
“Allison is joining CNN at an exciting time, and she and the strong communications team she’s inheriting will play a critical role in shaping the organization and its story going forward," Zucker said. "It’s great to have her at CNN.”
Gollust started at NBC in corporate communications in 1996 and was named senior publicist for "Today" in 1997. She eventually handled communications for supporting NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and the Weather Channel.
Gollust began her career as a news anchor, reporter and producer in Denver.