American Journalist, Newscaster and Producer. She was one of the original 'CNN Headline News' anchors when the network launched in 1981, and anchored several news programs on CNN including 'TalkBack Live.' A graduate of Northwestern University, she began her career at a country music radio station in Fuquay-Varina, NC, then became the anchor and producer of 'Action News 5' for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, where she began her television career in 1976. In 1981, she was the writer and assistant producer for 'Fed up with Fear,' a five-part documentary that won a George Foster Peabody Award. That same year, she joined the CNN Headline News station as an anchor when the network launched. By 1988, she was moved to the main network and began anchoring several news programs, including 'TalkBack Live,' which aired before a studio audience in the CNN Center in Atlanta. She also anchored 'Today,' 'World News' and 'Prime News,' as well as other shows and specials. Battista, who left CNN in 2001 to join her husband's firm, Atamira Communications, to serve as a strategic counselor to Fortune 500 Companies, died after a four year battle with cervical cancer.
Bio by: Louis du Mort