CNN reporter Donie O'Sullivan's documentary is up for an Emmy tonight

Cahersiveen's favourite son is in the running at the News Emmys, happening very early this morning Irish time
CNN reporter Donie O'Sullivan's documentary is up for an Emmy tonight

Donie O'Sullivan: working at the intersection of politics and technology for CNN

Having shone a light on the range and depth of conspiracy theories that have gripped sections of American society in recent years, CNN politics and tech correspondent Donie O'Sullivan is in line for a News & Doc Emmy award, part of America's prestigious annual television honours.

A feature that he fronts, "Conspiracy Theorists Said She Started the Coronavirus Pandemic, Now She's Afraid for Her Life" was nominated for Outstanding Short Feature Story in a Newscast earlier this year.

While he's outlined numerous stories of disinformation since the Covid outbreak, the April 2020 story of how US military reservist Maatje Benassi ended up at the centre of a patient-zero conspiracy theory after going to Wuhan for a military sports event is a prescient reminder of the effect of the online phenomenon on people's lives.

Speaking on the impact of the event on her life, as well as dealing with numerous baseless allegations, Benassi says: "It's like waking up from a bad dream and going into a nightmare, every day".

O'Sullivan also speaks to George Webb, the conspiracy theorist who has made the false claims. Webb cites hearsay when quizzed about the origins of his information - his source is 'someone saying' they worked at the hospital where Benassi supposedly received a Covid diagnosis.

O'Sullivan has been a rising star in CNN in recent times, but his coverage of the Capitol riots earlier this year, and affable broadcast personality, has captured the attention of the wider world.

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