David Allan has been named editorial director of health and wellness at CNN Digital. Allan comes to CNN from BBC, where he most recently served as managing editor, features. He had been with BBC since 2010.
Prior to joining BBC, Allan served as news editor, features, for The New York Times for four years.
“David joins the new cross platform health and medical team and will lead our digital programming and expansion efforts for health in the US and beyond,” wrote CNN Digital’s editor-in-chief Meredith Artley and VP of news gathering, Terence Burke, in a memo.
Allan begins his new role January 26. You can read Artley and Burke’s full note below.
We are thrilled to welcome David Allan as our new Editorial Director of CNN Digital, Health and Wellness. He joins us from the BBC where he is finishing up his job as the Managing Editor for the features sections for BBC.com. David joins the new cross platform health and medical team and will lead our digital programming and expansion efforts for health in the US and beyond, working closely with Sanjay, Elizabeth, Roni and the whole unit, the entire digital team and many others.Prior to joining the BBC he was a features and news web editor at The New York Times, overseeing and contributing to sections that ranged from Travel (where he wrote a column), National, Styles, the magazine and the Politics desk in DC.He has been an editor for AOL and Fodor’s, wrote two travel guides to Ireland and Scotland for Frommer’s, created a show on MTV, is a former White House intern and middle school teacher with Teach For America. He has lived in Washington DC, San Francisco, Phoenix, Alaska, Dublin, Glasgow, Bangkok, and soon Atlanta. He spent a year travelling around the world with his wife before they settled in New York and started raising their two young daughters. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, he holds degrees in Journalism and Philosophy. More recently he interviewed “Getting Things Done” author David Allen on stage at SxSW and gave a TEDx Talk titled “Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?”Join us in welcoming David, who starts on January 26. He’ll be based out of New York til the end of the school year and then will relocate to Atlanta.-Meredith and Terence