MINNEAPOLIS — CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was taken into police custody as he covered the violent protests that have stretched into a third night in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has since been released.
Jimenez, who is African-American, was arrested with two other CNN employees, the news company said.
Live now on CNN as reported by @JohnBerman: CNN president Jeff Zucker spoke to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz who apologized for State Police’s arrest of @OmarJimenez and our team. He is working to get them released. Walz said he takes full responsibility for what happened.— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) May 29, 2020
Another CNN reporter, Josh Campbell, who is white, said he was reporting from the same area and was not arrested.
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A black reporter from CNN was arrested while legally covering the protests in Minneapolis. A white reporter also on the ground was not. https://t.co/GcfwEvyYQC pic.twitter.com/Mg4ZwKIuKt— CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2020
But who is Jimenez?
Jimenez has been with the cable news network since 2017, starting with the company’s affiliate service, CNN Newsource in Washington D.C. He covered breaking news for 900 CNN affiliate news stations across the country.
Some of the stories he’s covered included the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, the Las Vegas mass shooting, and the 2017 hurricanes that battered Florida and Texas.
Before working for CNN, Jimenez as a multimedia journalist at WGEM in Quincy, Illinois, and worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WBAL-TV in Baltimore.
He was also an intern for NBC News, working from the network’s Chicago bureau.
He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Jimenez was born in Worchester, Massachusetts, but grew up outside of Atlanta, attending Kennesaw Mountain High School.
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