Athena Jones is a CNN national correspondent based in New York. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in government and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Athena has reported extensively in the US and abroad for print and television outlets since 1999. Prior to that she produced a 30-minute radio documentary on juvenile crime prevention as part of a graduate school Master’s project. She has covered presidential campaigns in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia and the United States. Athena has extensive experience reporting on politics and public policy at the presidential and congressional levels. She has served as a White House correspondent covering President Trump and his administration and also covered the Obama administration and the 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns. Athena has been a correspondent with CNN since 2011 and has reported on a wide range of general news stories, including breaking news. She has covered debates over immigration reform, the Affordable Care Act, the war against ISIS, and debt and budget issues, in addition to street protests against police brutality, the movement for racial and social justice, and stories related to the #MeToo movement, Supreme Court decisions, weather events, and the arts. Jones began her career as a wire reporter for Bloomberg News and Reuters in Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she worked from 1999 to 2003.
In this intimate documentary, inspired by my own story as a breast cancer survivor diagnosed twice in my 30s, I investigate why Black women in America are on average 40% more likely to die of the disease than white women and explore whether adjusting screening guidelines for Black women could save more lives.