Bob Hesskamp

Turner Broadcasting System, Head of Engineering

Bob Hesskamp is head of engineering for Turner Broadcasting System. Based in Atlanta, GA, Hesskamp reports to Jeremy Legg, chief technology officer for Turner Broadcasting System. He is responsible for all broadcast technology related strategies and investments for the U.S. based Turner networks and international engineering for CNN. These global teams support Turner Broadcasting’s file-based production workflows for entertainment, news, and sports from content creation to distribution. His duties include leadership of engineering and broadcast IT resources, technology installations, project management, software development, and support and maintenance for Turner.

Previously, Hesskamp was the senior vice president for CNN Worldwide Broadcast Technology. In that role, his teams were recognized innovators in the broadcast arena, winning awards for their work, including an IBC Innovation Award (2011) for digital content management and a Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award (2011) for newsroom technology. Their newsroom applications, such as CNN’s MediaSource – a critical newsroom tool that creates end-to-end production workflow and allows access to media footage from around the world – are recognized in the industry. Hesskamp directed the launch of CNN’s HD network, the first 24-hour news network in high definition, and was honored as a recipient of the Broadcasting & Cable Magazine’s Technology Leadership Award (2008) for his dedication and achievement in heading the CNN HD initiative.

Hesskamp was previously senior vice president of technical operations for CNN Worldwide. In this role, he played a key part in the operational design and production migration of CNN’s New York production center. Previous to that, he was vice president of operations, international where he was in charge of international new business ventures, overseeing operations for the Atlanta, London, and Hong Kong bureaus, as well as CNN en Español.

Hesskamp began his tenure with CNN in 1983 as a video journalist for Headline News. He was promoted to director in 1987 and was named Headline News operations supervisor in 1988. In 1991, he joined CNN Newsource as a field operations supervisor and was promoted to director of operations for CNN International in 1994. As director of operations, he managed the operations staff for CNN International, spearheaded the network’s complex regionalization project, and was instrumental in global facility and set upgrades.

He began his journalism career as a production assistant for Warner-Amex Cable. Hesskamp holds a bachelor’s degree in radio, television, and film from the University of Missouri.

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