Calvin Sims is executive vice president of Standards and Practices for CNN Worldwide. He is an accomplished media executive, with more than 30 years of experience in news, foreign affairs and philanthropy, serving in senior roles at International House, The New York Times, Discovery Times Channel, Ford Foundation and Council on Foreign Relations.
Most recently, Sims served as President and CEO of International House, a non-profit program founded in 1924 by the Rockefeller and Dodge families, with a mission to promote cross cultural understanding and peace and prepare world leaders. Prior to that, he served as Program Officer for the Ford Foundation, managing a portfolio of news media and journalism grants, focusing on the development of a free and responsible press worldwide.
Sims spent 20 years at The New York Times, where he was a director, producer, domestic and foreign correspondent and played a central role in the newspaper's expansion into television, documentaries and the web. He anchored the Times' nightly television news program, hosted a weekly podcast on foreign affairs and produced an acclaimed documentary for PBS on the rise of radical Islam in Indonesia. He joined the Times right out of college, eventually became part of the newspaper's business, metro and Washington desks. Then, as a foreign correspondent, Sims was based in Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Seoul and Jakarta.
A native of California, Calvin Sims graduated from Yale in 1985. He has held the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Ferris Professorship of Journalism at Princeton University. He has served as a trustee of Consumer Reports, Overseas Press Club, The GroundTruth/Report for America, the National Book Foundation, which administers the National Book Awards, and the Harlem Educational Activities Fund.