It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Amy Louise Engel, aged 56, from Atlanta, GA, on October 14, 2023. Amy was a senior coordinating producer at CNN for 23 years, dedicating her career to covering significant global news events and sports stories. Beyond her professional achievements, Amy was a devoted dog lover, a pop culture enthusiast, and a passionate fan of live music. Her legacy is celebrated in this tribute, where we honor her impactful career, vibrant personality, and the cherished memories shared by those who knew her.
A Life Dedicated to News and Sports
Born on August 3, 1967, in Gainesville, FL, Amy’s love for sports began early. She attended Germantown High School in Memphis, TN, and graduated from The University of Memphis with a degree in Business. Amy’s journey in sports and television news commenced at ESPN, where she worked as a production assistant and associate producer. She later joined NBC, contributing as a producer for the Olympics, the NBA, and the NFL. In 2000, Amy became an integral part of CNN, ascending to the role of senior coordinating producer in 2010. Her responsibilities included overseeing flagship shows like Anderson Cooper 360, The Situation Room, and CNN Tonight, as well as covering major breaking news events worldwide.
Amy’s passion for sports led her to play a key role in launching CNN’s sports unit in 2012. She produced award-winning documentaries, including The Two Escobars, The Life and Death of Steve McNair, and The 16th Man. Her professional legacy includes coverage of the World Cup, Olympics, Super Bowl, and NBA Finals, demonstrating her professionalism, creativity, and ability to connect with both athletes and audiences.
A Heart for Dogs and a Beat for Music
Amy’s love for dogs was evident throughout her life, and her most recent companion, Whiskey, held a special place in her heart. A supporter of the Atlanta Humane Society, Amy actively encouraged adoption and foster care for dogs. In addition to her canine companions, she was an avid pop culture enthusiast and live music fan. Amy’s diverse taste in music, spanning rock, country, and hip-hop, was complemented by her extensive collection of CDs, DVDs, and memorabilia. She frequented concerts and festivals, with a particular fondness for artists like Bruce Springsteen, U2, and Prince.
Remembering a Remarkable Friend
Amy’s impact extended far beyond her professional accomplishments. She was a cherished friend, colleague, and mentor, known for her kindness, generosity, and humor. Colleagues and friends from the media industry and beyond have expressed their grief and shared memories:
- “Amy brought so much light into our lives. No matter where I went in the world, Amy was the constant in my earpiece…. making me smile, helping me adjust my tie and blowing me away with her professionalism.” – Richard Quest, CNN anchor
- “Amy was a singular presence at CNN. She was a talented colleague and a beloved friend. And no one was happier than Amy to hear our family was getting a dog! I hope all of you find comfort and strength from her memory; she was a blessing in our lives.” – Paula Newton, CNN correspondent
- “My deepest condolences to Amy’s family. I was Amy’s neighbor and we became friends through our love of dogs. We would walk our pups together most evenings after work. Amy was kind, funny, and whip-smart. I will miss her.” – Kristi, friend
- “Amy was a wonderful colleague at CNN, pleasant and fun and always dedicated to her craft. I’m very sorry for your loss.” – Fionnuala Sweeney, former CNN anchor
- “Amy was one of the best producers I ever worked with. She was always on top of everything, and always had a creative and innovative idea. She was also a great person, who cared about everyone and everything. She will be greatly missed.” – John, former CNN co-worker
- “Amy was my sister, my friend, and my hero. She was the most amazing person I ever knew, and I’m so proud of everything she accomplished. She loved her family, her friends, her dogs, and her job. She lived life to the fullest, and touched so many hearts. I love you, Amy, and I will always miss you.” – Holly Walters, sister
A Lasting Legacy
Amy Louise Engel’s impact on those around her is immeasurable. A brilliant producer, avid sports enthusiast, dedicated dog lover, and loyal friend, Amy will be remembered for her joy, inspiration, and strength. As her family and friends gather in Atlanta and Memphis to celebrate her life, they ask that donations be made in her memory to the Atlanta Humane Society. Amy’s spirit lives on in the stories she shared and the lives she touched. Rest in peace, Amy. You will forever hold a special place in our hearts.