Reese is an Advisor to ETR&D and an American television journalist who is the Co-Founder of CNN and the Food Network. Schonfeld grew up in Newark, New Jersey, graduated from Dartmouth College and received an M.A. and a law degree from Columbia University. He began his career with United Press Movietone News in 1956. Later he became vice president of United Press International Television News. In 1975, he founded the Independent Television News Association, a service that provided independent television stations with pooled news coverage delivered via satellite.
In 1979 he became one of the Founders of the Cable News Network (CNN), serving as its first president and chief executive until July 1982, when Ted Turner assumed CNN's leadership.
While at CNN, Schonfeld created the first 24-hour news concept. His last creation, Crossfire, has just returned to the air after an eight year hiatus. After leaving CNN, Schonfeld joined Cablevision Systems in New York, where he developed and oversaw the first local 24-hour all-news service- -"News Twelve" on Long Island. He later produced "People Magazine on TV" for CBS and helped develop "News Channel 8" for Allbritton Communications Company.
Schonfeld later worked with Time Warner in planning the International Business Channel and in 1993 he designed and implemented the Medical News Network for Whittle Communications. He also served on the board of Robert Halmi International prior to its sale to Hallmark. In 1992, Schonfeld began developing Food Network (originally called the TV Food Network), which launched on November 23, 1993. He served as president of the network, which was sold to Belo Broadcasting in 1996 and was later resold to the E.W. Scripps Company. In 1999 Schonfeld sold his interest in the Food Network to Scripps.
Currently, Schonfeld is on the advisory board of Newsbeat, an Oregon digital news network, Datascription, and the Culture Change Institute. He consults to various media projects and contributes a blog to The Huffington Post. He is the author of Me and Ted Against the World, the story of the creation of CNN and "The Global Battle for Cultural Domination", an essay in Developing Cultures, Essays on Cultural Change.