Chris Cramer has more than 40 years experience in international broadcasting and is currently Head of Video at the Wall Street Journal. He has also led the world's largest news gathering organization while at the BBC, developed the world's most influential, profitable and widely distributed news channel, CNN International, and was Global Head of Multimedia for Reuters.
While at the BBC, Cramer brought together the BBC's huge radio and television news gathering services into a single and powerful operation. At CNN, he helped the organization respond to the transition to digital broadcasting making CNN the leading news operator in the employment of video and cell phone news gathering and broadcasting.
Few major news stories have passed without Cramer playing a central role, most notably the Falklands War, both Iraq Gulf Wars, the Lockerbie bombing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the death of the Princess of Wales and CNN's coverage of the Asian Tsunami for which he won a coveted 'DuPont Award'. In 2007 he was honoured by NABA with a lifetime achievement award for his services to journalism.
He was President and a founding member of the International News Safety Institute (INSI), the global organisation devoted to the ethical treatment and safety of journalists. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Television Society.
Cramer has been committing much of his time in recent years to bringing the industry together in order to ensure the protection and training of journalists who work in hostile environments while also unravelling its after-effects.
Cramer continues to write. His book, Hostage , is his first hand account of the 1980 London Iranian Embassy siege. He also continues to write for newspapers and magazines about media matters and is regularly invited to be a keynote speaker at major international media events.
In 2002 he contributed to the UK's Independent Television Commission's (now OFCOM) study, "Television and Beyond: The Next 10 Years."