Cristina Alesci

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Cristina Alesci
Cristina Alesci
Queens, New York
Nationality (legal)American
OccupationChief Corporate Affairs Officer
  • Chobani(2020–2022)
  • CNN (2014–2020)
  • Bloomberg News
  • Bloomberg Television
Notable credits
Board member ofCraig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism

Cristina Alesci was the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Chobani until March 2022.[1] Until December 2020, she was a CNN and CNNMoney correspondent based out of the network’s New York bureau.[2] She covers breaking news for the network as well as financial fraud and controversies facing major companies. Her investigative series focuses on public policy issues of the 2016 election cycle, food production, and documenting the early struggles of successful leaders.[3]


In 2008, Alesci graduated with a M.A. in Journalism with honors from City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism.[4] While at the school, she broke a story that gained national recognition. Her reporting uncovered an FBI file on journalist David Halberstam in the mid-1960s. The story was followed by the Associated Press, Politico and the Huffington Post.[5] Before getting her masters, she graduated magna cum laude from Pace University in New York City, earning a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Additionally, she received a post-baccalaureate certificate in business from Columbia University.


After freelancing for several local New York City publications and an internship at the New York Daily News, Alesci started as a reporter for Bloomberg News where she covered mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital. She broke news on the biggest deals of the decade, including Facebook’s initial public offering and Dell’s takeover battle. She later transitioned to Bloomberg Television.[6]


In 2014, Alesci joined CNN where she frequently appears on the network’s Newsroom programs, CNN International, and HLN. She also writes for its websites.[7] In her role as a business reporter, Alesci has interviewed leading CEOs, including Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz, JP Morgan chief executive Jamie Dimon and J.Crew's Mickey Drexler. In 2016, Alesci created the docu-series "Raw Ingredients" for CNN, about the food industry in the United States.[8][9]

Business career[edit]

Alesci joined Chobani in 2020 as the company's chief corporate affairs officer where she is responsible for internal and external communications, philanthropy, social impact, community efforts and government relations. She exited the company in March 2022. [10]

Personal life[edit]

In 2016, Alesci was diagnosed with adult onset Type 1 diabetes,[11] about which she has written in various publications, including the Huffington Post and CNN Opinion.[12]"

Alesci is a board member of Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.[13] She grew up in Queens, New York, where her parents emigrated to from Italy.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cristina Alesci LinkedIn Page". LinkedIn. 1 February 2022. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  2. ^ "CNN Profiles - Cristina Alesci - Correspondent". CNN. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  3. ^ "Museum of the Moving Image - Visit - Calendar - The American Dream: New York". Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  4. ^ "CUNY Graduate School of Journalism » Cristina Alesci Moves to CNNMoney". 15 June 2014. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  5. ^ "FBI watched Halberstam for more than two decades". Poynter. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  6. ^ Lopez, Linette. "A Day In The Life Of Bloomberg TV Star Reporter Cristina Alesci". Business Insider. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  7. ^ "Cristina Alesci Jumps From Bloomberg to CNN". 29 May 2014. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  8. ^ Alesci, Cristina (11 January 2016). "My messy relationship with food inspired 'Raw Ingredients'". CNN Business.
  9. ^ "A CNN Correspondent and Berrie Center Patient Produces "Raw Ingredients" A 4-Part Series on Where Our Food Comes From". The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center:Columbia University Medical Center. 11 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Chobani adds two staffers, promotes another". Idaho Business Review. 9 February 2021.
  11. ^ Alesci, Cristina (March 17, 2016). "Can I Still Be Italian If I Don't Eat Pasta?". Huffington Post.
  12. ^ Alesci, Cristina (4 December 2020). "I jab myself daily to stay healthy, and people can't wear a mask?". CNN.
  13. ^ "Board of Directors". Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism CUNY Foundation.
  14. ^ "Cristina Alesci '01". Pace University.

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