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03-21-2013 2:19 PM -- By: Diane DeVore, From: Formerly Atlanta, now Detroit
Thank you for providing such a comprehensive explanation of why one of my CNN.com bosses is now gone. We didn't interact very much but I remember she seemed focused but fun (and always looked great).
She joins in the Great Beyond one of the best copy editors CNN.com ever had. Dave Osier. He died of bladder cancer after a long, rollercoaster ride of good and bad news.
I'm very sorry for your loss. Very sorry.
03-21-2013 2:13 PM -- By: Scott Marticke, From: Roswell, GA
The Marticke family loves (in the present tense) our dear friend Rena. Whether it was going out to an Indian restaurant or sharing one of Rob's home cooked meals in the Golden's kitchen,(wasn't too keen on that chili/mango gelato though) we looked forward to every occasion with Rena and Rob. There is a little mark on our family room table where I placed a hot cup of tea for Rena this past New Year's' Eve. When I glance at it, I think of Rena toasting the New Year with a glass of champaigne, a smile and that ever present optimism...Rena's wonderful presence will always be in our hearts. temporary With all our love to Rena's spirit, to Rob, Adam and Sabrina and to all her loved ones...
03-21-2013 1:46 PM -- By: Barbara Reilly, From: Atlanta
I had the distinct pleasure of teaching Rena in two EMBA classes at Georgia State University in the fall of 2009. Rena was brilliant, insightful, confident, and honest. She was a leader among leaders and a friend to all. Her executive presence filled the room as she spoke freely, shared stories from CNN, and delighted us with her candor and wit. Rena was a part of a special group of students who gave me one of my most treasured possessions, the most amazing gift I ever received as a professor, a personalized authentic fireman’s helmet, signed by all my Class of 2010 students. The story is too long to reproduce here…but this gift is one of my most cherished and prized possessions, on a short list of objects I plan to have with me until the day I die. Rena’s signature is notable in that it is one of the few that includes a note, “Great Class!” and it is the only one signed with X’s and O’s! Although Rena was an award winning journalist in a business environment, she wasn’t afraid to let her heart shine through! She was a loving, caring, person at her core and this showed in everything she did. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.
03-21-2013 1:41 PM -- By: Christiane Amanpour, From: CNN
I want to remember Rena as I knew her, as she is in this fabulous image...radiant, passionate kind and quite brilliant. I send my sympathies to Rob, my former colleague, and to their children. I know Rena had another last name once, but to me she was always Rena GOLDEN!
Rena joined CNN in 1985 when one day that year, Ted Turner decided to create CNN International. This consisted of simply broadcasting CNN USA around the world...EXCEPT for the commercials which were not allowed to be rebroadcast. That's when I first met Rena. A small group of us became CNN Anchors (!) and producers, our sole purpose in this life was to pop up around the world for a minute or so, with headlines during the commercial breaks. Rena was the producer of my "anchor shift" overnights! They were the best and the funniest of times.
Thank you Rena for all that you have been to all whom you have touched. C xoxox
03-21-2013 1:34 PM -- By: Suhasini Haidar, From: India
Some people inspire through their words, some inspire through actions- Rena inspired through both, and by just who she was. It was my privilege and good fortune that i met her nearly 20 years ago- just as i was starting out at CNN. She was a mentor and a guide, and saw value in everyone she worked with. Much love to Rob and the kids....the world is a little less bright without Rena in it.
03-21-2013 1:30 PM -- By: Michelle Birnbaum, From: The Weather Channel
I admired and respected Rena from the moment she walked into The Weather Channel. Everything from her ability to get things done to her dedication to her courage. We would have conversations ranging from work to our backgrounds to shoes and clothes. Perhaps her biggest compliment was that in some ways i reminded her of herself. She may be gone, but her spirit will most definitely live on. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
03-21-2013 1:21 PM -- By: Lucia Ellis, From: Atlanta
Heart broken open. Beautiful Rena, may you rest in peace. Rob, I still see the two of you in your spectacular wedding attire. What an honor to have born witness. What a priviledge to have known her.
03-21-2013 1:20 PM -- By: Jacques Mountain, From:
Rob, our family prays that God's comfort and love will surround you during this time and that you will have peace that surpasses you own understanding.
03-21-2013 1:18 PM -- By: Darcy, From:
I did not know Rena personally, but was a part of the CNN family during her time there. What a remarkable woman with an extraordinary life --- I am so, so sorry for your loss.
03-21-2013 12:58 PM -- By: Sue Hurley, From: Prescott, Az.
Rena was a generous, kind and funny soul who was a joy -- a true joy -- to work with. She had a knack for making work more interesting and fun than it would ordinarily have been. My heart goes out to her family.
03-21-2013 12:57 PM -- By: David Hartman, From: Fellow EMBA Student
To Rena's Family. I so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed getting to know Rena during our studies together at Georgia State. She was an amazing woman who was always eager to help those of us who struggled. She was brilliant, kind, and certainly will be missed by all. May God Bless your family and help ease the pain of her unfortunate passing.
03-21-2013 12:43 PM -- By: Cindy Nelson, From: CNN International
God bless and keep you and your family.
I am grateful to have known Rena. You are in my prayers.
03-21-2013 12:30 PM -- By: Bob Walker, From:
I was blessed to have met Rena after she had left CNN and won her first battle against cancer and hired her to join the team at Weather Channel. Instantly, her passion for what is possible and her passion for storytelling helped change the culture. When she had to battle cancer once again, the dignity and poise she taught all of us as she took on the treatments were inspiring.
To Rob and the children I say thank you for sharing the gift of Rena with all of us. While her time here was way too short, she truly made a difference and all of us are better for having known her.
03-21-2013 12:23 PM -- By: Cathy Robinson, From: Berlin, Germany
Rena was a trailblazer and I was honored to be part of her journey. She gave so much and was taken too soon. My condolences to the Golden family. Rest in peace, Rena
03-21-2013 12:18 PM -- By: Rick and Jeanne Bell & family, From:
Rob, Adam and Serena,
We were so saddened to hear the news of Rena's (your Mom's) passing yesterday. While we can't even imagine the loss you are experiencing we just wanted to let you know that we are here for you if you need anything. We are praying for each of you daily. We feel honored to have known and to have been friends with Rena and your family. We will be thinking of each of you. We will be in touch soon but also want to respect your time as a family right now. Again, please let us know where we can help. All our love, The Bell Family
03-21-2013 12:14 PM -- By: Lou Waters, From: CNN - Two Decades
Even though I never worked directly with Rena, I was aware of her work, her succes, her personality and solid marriage.
All that by just observing from nearby. And I'm saddened by her passing. She was a major class act.
03-21-2013 12:12 PM -- By: Nancy Peckenham, From:
The stars are shining brighter in the skies today. Thank you, Rena.
03-21-2013 12:03 PM -- By: Manav Tanneeru, From:
Rena was a class lady, a damn good journalist, a mentor to the cubs, unwavering, strong and proud. My heart is completely broken. Rest, dear friend, we won't soon forget what you taught us.
03-21-2013 12:03 PM -- By: Michelle Hall, From: CNN Library
With much sadness.....
Rest in peace, Rena
03-21-2013 11:50 AM -- By: Mimi Mees, From: Atlanta
I am so, so sorry your family has to lose a daughter, wife and mother so early in life. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them.
One of my favorite memories is being called into Rena's office to discuss a segment I'd produced. Rena didn't like it and questioned its interest to viewers, but she gave me a fair hearing and that is just one part of what made her so special. I am deeply sad.
03-21-2013 11:48 AM -- By: Nancy Bauer, From:
Rena was a great friend, certainly one of the most adaptive, positive, graceful and brilliant individuals I ever had the privilege to know. She was a true friend and I will miss her dearly. Committed to her wonderful husband Rob, and dedicated to her children, Rena loved life and never took it for granted. She was indeed, the rare total package.
Rena left an indelible part of herself on those she touched and loved. Her memory will shine brightly.
As we comprehend this incredible loss, and allow our tears of grief to flow, may our tear drops rise up to the heavens to bring comfort to Rena's entire family, especially Rob, dear Adam and sweet Sabrina.
03-21-2013 11:42 AM -- By: Della L. (Poole) Wilcox, From: Atlanta, Georgia
I had the pleasure of working with Rena during my career at CNN and CNNI. She married one of my dearest friends Rob. Rob and I use to work together when I first started at CNN. My heart goings out to the Golden family. Rob I hold you and your family in my heart and prayers.
03-21-2013 11:19 AM -- By: Scott Woelfel, From:
I always aspired to possess Rena's mix of expertise, professionalism and warmth. I, like so many others, failed to accomplish with great effort what she pulled off with such apparent ease.
03-21-2013 11:17 AM -- By: Moni Basu, From: Atlanta
I never worked directly for Rena, but she has been an inspiration for a very long time. I was born in India a year after she was, in a neighboring state. Her career success gave me the strength to believe that everything is possible. Of course, it helps if you are enormously talented like Rena was. I admired her as a compatriot, as a fellow Indian woman in journalism -- when we both started our careers, there were not many of us working in this field, and certainly very few who rose to lead like she did. She was a pioneer, a trailblazer. But she never let her top management positions get in the way of genuine friendships. She respected her colleagues and had a way of making everyopne around her shine. Mostly, she made us all better human beings. I will miss you, my friend. Always. Moni
03-21-2013 11:15 AM -- By: Jim Miller, From: Marietta, Ga.
03-21-2013 11:12 AM -- By: Jim Miller, From: Marietta, Ga.
03-21-2013 11:04 AM -- By: Liz Landau, From: Atlanta
I was very sad to hear the news about Rena. It was a pleasure working with her during her time at CNN.com. My thoughts and prayers are with Rob and the rest of the family.
03-21-2013 11:01 AM -- By: Ursula Roberts, From: Atlanta, GA
What can I say about Rena, without starting with a Thank You. She was a pillar when I needed it and a laugh when I didn't expect it. Rena was my boss for 3 years, when I worked as her assistant at CNNI. I didn't know what to make of her at first, but grow to understand her strength (sometimes it was quiet). She asked me a question, which I wasn't prepared to answer, so she answered it for me. I need you to do more than what you are giving me. I am going to push you past your limits, because I see something great in you. And she did. I have always been very grateful to her for that.
Thank you Rena for inviting me into your life and becoming a part of mine. You were an inspiration and I will always be thankful to you.
03-21-2013 11:01 AM -- By: Bob Furnad, From: Retired from CNN
Solid journalist set a high standard for her staff. Great people skills. None better than Rena.
03-21-2013 11:00 AM -- By: Raju Kotak, From: Atlanta
She was an inspiration to many South Asians whom she hired at CNN. She will be missed by entire community for her dedication to the media. May she rest in peace.
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