Steve Krakauer joins TheBlaze as VP, Digital Content

Former CNN Digital Producer and Media Reporter Will Help Grow the Network's Presence Across All Digital Media

(New York, NY, August 19th, 2013) TheBlaze, a 24/7 news, opinion and entertainment network, announced today that Steve Krakauer is joining as VP, Digital Content. Krakauer, a former senior digital producer at CNN/US, will be responsible for growing the network's presence across all digital media.

Krakauer previously oversaw the social and digital output of the CNN domestic U.S. television programs. He also managed the team that ran @CNN, the network’s flagship Twitter account. Krakauer joined CNN in November 2010 as the digital producer of Piers Morgan Tonight.

TheBlaze combines a growing traditional television network with wildly popular digital platforms. The T.V. network is available on over 25 distributors across the country including five of the top 25 in America - DISH, Optimum TV, RCN, Service Electric and Blue Ridge. TheBlaze.com generated over 13 million unique visitors last month, Glenn Beck's Facebook page has over 2.4 million likes, his twitter handle has over 700,000 followers, and the company's newsletters go out to over 2 million subscribers per day.

Joel Cheatwood, President and Chief Content Officer of TheBlaze said: "Steve was one of the first people to truly recognize the growing relationship between digital media and traditional television and has built a remarkable track record integrating the two mediums. We are excited to have Steve join TheBlaze as we continue to be at the forefront of creating a television network designed for the 21st century."

Krakauer said: "I've long admired the independent, entrepreneurial nature of TheBlaze, and I'm excited to join CEO Chris Balfe, Joel Cheatwood and the team in expanding their place in the ever-changing media landscape. TheBlaze is at the forefront of understanding the new ways people consume news and entertainment, and being able to help shape where it's going was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

Krakauer will start at TheBlaze on September 9th, 2013.

In October 2011, Krakauer was named to the newly created position of senior digital producer. He helped lead the digital strategy for CNN’s election coverage in 2012, Anthony Bourdain "Parts Unknown," the launch of "New Day," as well as for the “CNN Heroes” yearly awards show. He coordinated the expansion of TV’s presence on the CNN.com homepage, where he programmed the “TV box” each day. While working for Piers Morgan, Krakauer introduced the host to Twitter, and guided his development on the platform. He also produced and hosted web videos featuring Morgan and show guests.

Prior to joining CNN, Krakauer was the senior editor of Mediaite, where he was instrumental in launching the site in July 2009. Additionally, he was the editor at TVNewser. In 2011, he was named a “New Media Innovator” by New York Magazine. Krakauer began his career in television as a page at NBCUniversal. Krakauer was named a “rising star” by the New York Times in April 2010. He graduated in 2006 from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with a degree in broadcast journalism.

About TheBlaze

TheBlaze is a news, opinion & entertainment network dedicated to delivering high quality programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available on multiple television operators including DISH. The exclusive provider of Glenn Beck's daily television broadcast, TheBlaze offers a full slate of thought-provoking original news and opinion shows like Real News, Wilkow! and For the Record, late night comedies like The Wonderful World of Stu and B.S. Of A., family-friendly programming like Independence USA and Liberty Treehouse, as well as enlightening documentaries and original specials.  In addition to the 24/7 television network and online video streaming network, TheBlaze attracts over 13 million unique visitors per month to its news and information website, www.theblaze.com. TheBlaze - Truth Lives Here.

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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