Mother Nature Network Appoints Emily Murphy COO

ATLANTA, Aug. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mother Nature Network, the world's most visited online network for environmental and social responsibility news and information, announced today that Emily Murphy has been appointed Chief Operating Officer.

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Murphy, who joined MNN as Managing Editor prior to its 2009 launch, was previously a producer at USA Today where she worked on stories including Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 political conventions, and the Iraq War. Prior to USA Today, Murphy was an editor and producer at National Geographic, where she helped launch National Geographic for Kids magazine and the accompanying web site. She started her career at CNN, where she was an Emmy Award-winning producer.

Founded by marketing executive Joel Babbit and Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, MNN attracts more than 10 million unique visitors globally each month and features topics such as green tech, eco-biz, health, and family.

Covering a broad range of environmental news and social responsibility issues, MNN provides an important platform for companies to tell their CSR and sustainability related stories. In addition, many of the world's largest corporations are increasingly using MNN to create content, finding value in its unique ability to convert technical and academic information into engaging and accessible formats. Corporate sponsors include Mercedes, AT&T, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Southern Company, and Georgia-Pacific. Equity partners include CNN and Discovery Communications.

"As we continue to grow the company, Emily brings a diverse set of leadership skills, extensive operations expertise, and a successful track record," said Babbit.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and a Ted Scripps Fellow of Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, Murphy is a member of the Society of Environmenal Journalists and the Online News Association.

"I am honored to be chosen by the board and am incredibly excited to work with our executive team and our employees to lead the company to its next phase," said Murphy.

MNN also announced that Dan Dolensky, previously Senior Director of Marketing at WebMD, has been appointed Director of Sponsor Relations, and Ben Boyd, previously Development Manager at Discovery Communications, has been appointed Vice President of Product & Engineering.

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Source: Mother Nature Network