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May 15, 2001
Contact: Tim Woodhull



California State University, Dominguez Hills to host Jim Walton, president of Domestic Networks, CNN News Group, as 2001 Commencement speaker

Jim Walton, president of Domestic Networks for the CNN News Group, will be the 2001 Commencement speaker for California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Responsible for 15 CNN news networks and 14 Web sites, including Walton was appointed to the position in August 2000 and is based at CNN world headquarters in Atlanta.

Before this position, Walton was the president of CNN/Sports Illustrated, the 24-hour sports network. In this capacity, he was also in charge of the CNN News Group’s sports division where he oversaw nearly 300 employees in six divisions, including CNN/Sports Illustrated, CNN/Sports Illustrated Interactive, CNN Sports, CNN Headline Sports, CNN Newsource Sports, and CNN International (CNN) Sports.

Moreover, Walton was responsible for CNN Sports’ more than 11 hours per week of domestic programming, including daily simulcasts, seasonal shows (such as NFL Preview, This Week in the NBA, and Pro Golf Weekly) and specialty shows (such as Page One with Nick Charles, and The Sporting Life with Jim Hubert). 

A veteran in the field of television news and sports, Walton began at CNN in 1981 as a video journalist, an entry-level production position at the worldwide news network. He joined CNN Sports as a tape editor in 1983. Before being named executive producer in 1985, Walton worked as the producer for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, a remote producer and a senior producer.

Commencement exercises will take place at the Forum in Inglewood and an audience totaling 18,000 is expected. The class of 2001 includes approximately 4,300 graduates, about 1,800 of which are expected to attend the ceremony.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Tim Woodhull, director of Media Relations, (310) 243-3367.