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Cable News Network
Launched June 1, 1980
Owned by Time Warner
Slogan “The Most Trusted Name in News”, “CNN = Politics”, “The Best Political Team on Television”, “CNN = Money”
Country United States
Language English
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia, United States
DirecTV Channel 202 (SD/HD)
Dish Network Channel 200 SD & 9436 HD
Bell ExpressVu Channel 500
Star Choice Channel 500
Available on most cable systems Check local listings
TELUS TV (Canada) Channel 94

Cable News Network, commonly referred to by its initialism CNN, is a major news cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner.[1][2] The network is now owned by Time Warner; the news network is a division of the Turner Broadcasting System. CNN introduced the idea of 24-hour television news coverage, celebrating its 25th anniversary on June 1, 2005.

In terms of cumulative (Cume) Nielsen ratings or “unique viewers”, CNN rates as America’s number one cable news source, and is ranked number two (behind Fox News) in total audience.[3] While the news network has numerous affiliates, CNN primarily broadcasts from its headquarters at the CNN Center in Atlanta, the Time Warner Center in New York City, and studios in Washington, D.C. As of December 2004, the network is available in 88.2 million U.S. households and more than 890,000 American hotel rooms.[citation needed] The U.S version of their broadcast is also shown in Canada. Globally, CNN airs through CNN International and has combined branded networks and services that are available to more than 1.5 billion people in over 212 countries and territories.[citation needed]



The Central News Network was launched at 5:00 p.m. EST on June 1, 1980. After an introduction by Ted Turner, the husband and wife team of David Walker and Lois Hart anchored the first newscast.[4] Since its debut, CNN has expanded its reach to a number of cable and satellite television networks, several web sites, specialized closed-circuit networks (such as CNN Airport Network), and two radio networks. The network has 36 bureaus (10 domestic, 26 international), more than 900 affiliated local stations, and several regional and foreign-language networks around the world. The network’s success made a bona-fide mogul of founder Ted Turner and set the stage for the Time Warner conglomerate’s eventual acquisition of Turner Broadcasting.

Despite its domestic standing, CNN remains a distant second in international news coverage, reaching just over half of the audience of the older BBC News. Unlike the BBC’s network of reporters and bureaus, CNN International makes extensive use of affiliated reporters that are local to, and often directly affected by, the events they are reporting. The effect is a more immediate, less detached style of on-the-ground coverage. This has done little to stem criticism, largely from Middle Eastern nations, that CNN International reports news from a pro-American perspective. This is a marked contrast to domestic criticisms that often portray CNN as having a “liberal” or “anti-American” bias.

A companion network, Headline News (originally called CNN2) was launched in 1982 and featured a continuous 24-hour cycle of 30-minute news broadcasts. Headline News broke from its original format in 2005 with the addition of Headline Prime. Current programs feature confrontational personalities like radio talk-show host Glenn Beck and former Fulton County, Georgia prosecutor Nancy Grace.

CNN HD was launched September 1, 2007, and was first nationally distributed by DirecTV on September 26, 2007.

The Gulf War

The first Persian Gulf War in 1991 was a watershed event for CNN that catapulted the network past the “big three” American networks for the first time in its history, largely due to an unprecedented, historical scoop: CNN was the only news outlet with the ability to communicate outside Iraq during the initial hours of the American bombing campaign, with live reports from the al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad by reporters Bernard Shaw, John Holliman, and Peter Arnett.

The Gulf War experience brought CNN some much sought-after legitimacy and made household names of previously obscure (and infamously low-paid) reporters. Many of these reporters now comprise CNN’s “old guard.” Bernard Shaw became CNN’s chief anchor until his retirement in 2001. Others include then-Pentagon correspondent Wolf Blitzer (now host of The Situation Room and Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer) and international correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Amanpour’s presence in Iraq was caricatured by actress Nora Dunn as the ruthless reporter “Adriana Cruz” in the film Three Kings (1999). Time Warner later produced a television movie, Live from Baghdad, about the network’s coverage of the first Gulf War, which aired on HBO.

The CNN effect

Coverage of the first Gulf War and other crises of the early 1990s (particularly the infamous Battle of Mogadishu) led officials at the Pentagon to coin the term “the CNN effect” to describe the perceived impact of real time, 24-hour news coverage on the decision-making processes of the American government.

September 11

CNN breaking the news about the September 11, 2001 attacks

CNN breaking the news about the September 11, 2001 attacks

CNN was the first network to have broken news of the September 11 attacks. Anchor Carol Lin was on the air to deliver the first public report of the event. She broke into a commercial at 8:49 a.m. ET and said:

This just in. You are looking at obviously a very disturbing live shot there. That is the World Trade Center, and we have unconfirmed reports this morning that a plane has crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. CNN Center right now is just beginning to work on this story, obviously calling our sources and trying to figure out exactly what happened, but clearly something relatively devastating happening this morning there on the south end of the island of Manhattan. That is once again, a picture of one of the towers of the World Trade Center.

Sean Murtagh, CNN vice-president for finance & administration, was the first network employee on the air in New York.[5]


CNN launched two specialty news channels for the American market which would later close amid competitive pressure: CNNSI shut down in 2002, and CNNfn shut down after nine years on the air in December 2004. CNN and Sports Illustrated’s partnership continues today online at CNNfn’s former website now redirects to, a product of CNN’s strategic partnership with Money magazine.


CNN debuted its news website (then known as CNN Interactive) on August 30, 1995. Initially an experiment, interest in grew steadily over its first decade and today is now one of the most popular news websites in the world. The wide-spread growth of blogs, social media and user-generated content have influenced the site, and blogs in particular have focused CNN’s previously scattershot online offerings, most noticeably in the development and launch of CNN Pipeline in late 2005.

CNN Pipeline was the name of a paid subscription service, its corresponding website, and a content delivery client that provided streams of live video from up to four sources (or “pipes”), on-demand access to CNN stories and reports, and optional pop-up “news alerts” to computer users. The installable client was available to users of PCs running Microsoft Windows. There was also a browser-based “web client” that did not require installation. In July 2007 the service was discontinued and replaced with a free streaming service.

The now-defunct topical news-program Judy Woodruff’s Inside Politics was the first CNN program to feature a round-up of blogs in 2004.[citation needed] Blog coverage was expanded when Inside Politics was folded into The Situation Room. In 2006, CNN launched CNN Exchange and CNN iReport, initiatives designed to further introduce and centralize the impact of everything from blogging to citizen journalism within the CNN brand. CNN iReport which features user-submitted photos and video, has achieved considerable traction, with increasingly professional-looking reports filed by amateur journalists, many still in high school or college. The iReport gained more prominence when observers of the Virginia Tech Shootings sent-in first hand photos of what was going during the shootings.[citation needed]

As of early 2008, CNN maintains a free live broadcast [6]. CNN International is broadcasted live, as part of the RealNetworks SuperPass subscription outside US. CNN also offers several RSS feeds and podcasts.

On April 18, 2008, was targeted by Chinese hackers in retaliation for the network’s coverage on the 2008 Tibetan unrest. CNN reported that they took preventative measures after news broke of the impending attack. [7] [8]

CNN in popular culture

See also: Groland and CNNNN
  • CNN has been parodied many times. Many movies outside of the Turner Broadcasting Network also mention CNN in their storylines. Several television shows (i.e. Seven Days, JAG, and NCIS) use a parody of CNN known as ZNN. In the movie Mr Bones appears a news network with the name “CCN”, its logo being in the same font as CNN’s. In the video game Desert Strike, CNN is parodied by calling its in-game news station EANN, with the EA standing for the video game company’s name, Electronic Arts. The movie Batman Forever shows a newscast on “GNN” (presumably standing for Gotham News Network). The logo is very similar to the “CNN” logo. Other parodies, or references include Command & Conquer: Generals – Zero Hour‘s American campaign, featuring updates on missions with a correspondent from BNN, the rapper Eminem included a similar alteration in his song “Without Me”, where, dressed up as Osama Bin Laden he was reported on by ENN, due to his name being Eminem.
  • CNN’s most famous station ID is a five-second musical jingle with James Earl Jones’ simple but classic line, “This is CNN.” Jones’ voice can still be heard today in updated station IDs. The line has also been referenced in other programming, including The Simpsons.
  • Australian satirist group The Chaser produced 12 half-hour episodes of CNNNN, a show that parodied the logo and slogan, with taglines such as “We report, You believe”. The show ended after CNN threatened to sue. The Chaser was shown on CNN in July 2007 after their APEC 2007 stunt on their show The Chaser’s War on Everything created considerable controversy.
  • The news team, in the 2008 film Vantage Point that is covering the anti-terrorism summit in Salamanca, Spain is called “GNN” for Global News Network, parodying CNN.
  • Called the Communist News Network and the Clinton News Network on the Rush Limbaugh radio show.

Current shows

  • American Morning: The network’s morning news program. Hosted by Kiran Chetry and John Roberts.
  • CNN Newsroom: A daily look at what’s making news, airing live from Atlanta. Anchored by Heidi Collins and Tony Harris (Weekday Mornings); Kyra Phillips and Don Lemon (Weekday Afternoons); Betty Nguyen and T. J. Holmes (Weekend Mornings), Fredricka Whitfield (Weekend Afternoons); and Rick Sanchez (Weekend Evenings). Weekend anchors also act as weekday substitutes if need be.
  • Your World Today: A CNN International program covering international news in-depth. The program is simulcast on CNN-US during the 12pm ET hour.
  • The Situation Room: A fast-paced look at the day’s top stories, focusing on politics and homeland security. Anchored by Wolf Blitzer.
  • Lou Dobbs Tonight: A nightly news and discussion program; evolved from Moneyline, a nightly business newscast.
  • Larry King Live: A nightly talk program, hosted by Larry King.
  • Anderson Cooper 360°: A fast-paced, nightly news program with former ABC News reporter Anderson Cooper.
  • Reliable Sources: A weekly talk program focusing on a critical look at the media. Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz hosts and talks with a panel of guests about how well the media covered the week’s stories. Guests usually include print, television, and Internet journalists.
  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: CNN’s political talk show, similar to CBS’ Face the Nation or NBC’s Meet the Press.
  • House Call: A medically oriented program, hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
  • This Week at War: An inside look at the week’s developments in the war on terror from CNN correspondents. Hosted by Tom Foreman.
  • CNN Saturday Morning/CNN Sunday Morning: The network’s weekend morning news program. Anchored by Betty Nguyen and T. J. Holmes.
  • CNN Special Investigations Unit: Formerly known as “CNN Presents,” “CNN:SIU” is a long-form investigative series that features CNN correspondents delivering in-depth, hour-long feature reports on current events and other news worthy topics.
  • CNN Presents: A program that features multi-hour event productions [9][10][11], such as Anderson Cooper’s “Planet in Peril” or Christiane Amanpours’ “God’s Warriors”.[12]
  • Open House: A personal finance show with a focus on the housing market, hosted by Gerri Willis.

Former shows

  • Both Sides with Jesse Jackson: A political talk show, hosted by civil rights leader and two-time presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, that aired Sundays. The show ran from 1992 to 2000.[13]
  • The Capital Gang: One of cable news’ longest running programs, focusing on discussion of the political news of the week. The original panelists were Pat Buchanan, Al Hunt, Mark Shields, and Robert Novak. When Buchanan left the network to run for president, Margaret Warner, Mona Charen, and later Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne became regular panelists. The Capital Gang aired Saturday nights at 7 p.m. ET from 1988 to 2005.
  • Crossfire: A political “debate” program, anchored by hosts from left-wing and right-wing ideologies, that aired during prime time and daytime until mid-2005. Originally hosted by Tom Braden and Pat Buchanan, other hosts included Robert Novak, Michael Kinsley, John H. Sununu, Bill Press, Geraldine Ferraro, Mary Matalin, Tucker Carlson, James Carville, and Paul Begala. Crossfire was discontinued in 2005.
  • Evans and Novak: Saturday night political interview program with Rowland Evans and Robert Novak. The name changed to Evans, Novak, Hunt and Shields in 1998 when Al Hunt and Mark Shields became permanent panelists. When Evans died in 2001, the name changed to Novak, Hunt, and Shields for its final year on CNN.
  • Next@CNN: A scientific and technology oriented program hosted by Daniel Sieberg. Aired on weekends. Despite its cancellation on CNN in the U.S., the show continues to air new episodes on CNN International.
  • Inside Politics: A political program that aired from 3:30–5 p.m. ET weekdays. Replaced by The Situation Room in 2005.
  • Wolf Blitzer Reports: A daily look at the day’s stories that aired live from Washington at 5 p.m. ET. Replaced by The Situation Room in 2005.
  • NewsNight With Aaron Brown: A hard-news program anchored by Aaron Brown which took an in-depth look at the main U.S. and international stories of the day. Was axed from CNN’s schedule on November 5, 2005, leading to Brown’s immediate resignation from the network.
  • CNN Daybreak: A first look at the day’s stories that aired live from New York at 5 a.m. ET.
  • CNN Sports Sunday : Co-anchored by Bob Kurtz and Nick Charles.
  • Connie Chung Tonight:: Hosted by Connie Chung. Cancelled in March 2003.
  • Freeman Reports: one of the original programs from 1980. Host Sonja Freeman interviewed guests and took live telephone call-ins regarding current news events and other topics of interest. For a brief period the program featured a live audience in Atlanta. Freeman’s former time slot is now occupied by Larry King.
  • People Now: another original program. Host Lee Leonard interviewed celebrities and discussed entertainment news in a one hour program live from the CNN Los Angeles bureau. Leonard was replaced by Mike Douglas, who himself was replaced by Bill Tush in December 1982.
  • Computer Connection
  • Future Watch
  • Your Health
  • Style with Elsa Klensch: weekly half hour on Saturday mornings featuring news on style and fashion.
  • Talk Back Live: A call-in talk show with a live audience hosted most recently by Arthel Neville. Aired from 1994 to 2003.
  • On the Story’ ‘- CNN’s interactive “week-in-review” series featuring an in-depth look at the story behind some of the week’s biggest stories. Anchored by Ali Velshi. However, the show was suspended in June 2006, later cancelled in July.
  • Burden of Proof: A show that discussed legal issues of the day, hosted by Greta Van Susteren and Roger Cossack.
  • Newsstand
  • Newshour
  • Sonya / Sonya Live In LA: A weekday call-in show airing at 1PM Eastern in the late 80’s & Early 90s hosted by Dr. Sonya Friedman.
  • CNN Live Today: Was a daily look at what’s making news, airing live from Atlanta at 10 a.m. ET on weekdays. Anchored by Daryn Kagan.
  • Live From…: A lively look at the day’s stories airing live from Atlanta at 1 p.m. ET. Anchored by Kyra Phillips.
  • CNN Live Saturday / CNN Live Sunday: A look at what’s making news on the weekends, airing live from Atlanta. Anchored by Fredricka Whitfield 12:00-6:00pm and Carol Lin 6:00-11:00pm. Replaced in 2006 by CNN Newsroom Weekend.
  • CNN Saturday Night/CNN Sunday Night: The network’s weekend evening news program, airing at 6 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET. Anchored by Carol Lin. Replaced in 2006 by CNN Newsroom Weekend.
  • People in the News: CNN’s feature-format program with PEOPLE magazine profiling newsmakers from politics, sports, business, medicine, and entertainment. The program aired on the weekend and has hosted by Paula Zahn.
  • Diplomatic License: Weekly program on CNNI hosted by Richard Roth, focusing on the United Nations. The show ran from 1994 to 2006.
  • Paula Zahn Now: Was a look at the current issues affecting the world, with former CBS and Fox News anchor Paula Zahn. Last broadcast was on August 2nd, 2007.
  • Greenfield at Large: Anchored by Jeff Greenfield in New York (aired at 10pm ET weeknights)
  • CNN NewsSite: Anchored by Joie Chen from Atlanta (aired at 4pm ET weekdays: integrated the news and internet)
  • The Point with Greta Van Susteren

Specialized channels

Post Production editing offices in Atlanta.

Post Production editing offices in Atlanta.

  • CNN Airport Network
  • CNN en Español
  • CNNfn (Financial network, closed in December 2004)
  • CNN Headline News
  • CNN HD (High-definition edition of the network, launched September 1, 2007)
  • CNN International
  • CNN Pipeline (24-hour multi-channel broadband online news service)
  • CNN+ (a partner network in Spain, launched in 1999 with Sogecable)
  • CNN Sports Illustrated (also known as CNNSI), the network’s all-sports channel, closed in 2002.
  • CNN TÜRK A Turkish media outlet.
  • CNN-IBN An Indian news channel.
  • CNNj A Japanese news outlet.
  • CNN Chile A Chilean news channel to be launched in mid-2008.


Present Anchors

  • Christiane Amanpour
  • Becky Anderson
  • Brooke Anderson
  • Guillermo Arduino
  • Kelli Arena
  • Terry Baddoo
  • Dana Bash
  • Glenn Beck
  • Paul Begala
  • Todd Benjamin
  • Satinder Bindra
  • Jim Bittermann
  • Wolf Blitzer
  • Abbie Boudreau
  • Jim Boulden
  • Andrew Brown
  • Campbell Brown
  • Josie Burke
  • Chris Burns
  • Diego Bustos
  • Jack Cafferty
  • Sean Callebs
  • Catherine Callaway
  • Susan Candiotti
  • Richelle Carey
  • Margaret Carlson
  • Jason Carroll
  • James Carville
  • Matthew Chance
  • Kiran Chetry
  • Allan Chernoff
  • Alina Cho
  • Rosemary Church
  • Jim Clancy
  • Elizabeth Cohen
  • Heidi Collins
  • Shanon Cook
  • Anderson Cooper
  • Kevin Corriveau
  • Carol Costello
  • Candy Crowley
  • Arwa Damon
  • Veronica De La Cruz
  • Seth Doane
  • Lou Dobbs
  • Jill Dougherty
  • Jennifer Eccleston
  • David Ensor
  • Deborah Feyerick
  • Adrian Finighan
  • Jaime Florcruz
  • Tom Foreman
  • Max Foster
  • Stephen Frazier
  • Mike Galanos
  • Delia Gallagher
  • Liz George
  • Hala Gorani
  • Nancy Grace
  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta
  • Thelma Gutierrez
  • AJ Hammer
  • Paula Hancocks
  • Mike Hanna
  • Tony Harris
  • Jenny Harrison
  • Sasha Herriman
  • Susan Hendricks
  • Ed Henry
  • Erica Hill
  • Charles Hodson
  • Michael Holmes
  • T. J. Holmes
  • Martyn Jeanes
  • Jacqui Jeras
  • Joe Johns
  • Kathleen Kennedy
  • Mallika Kapur
  • Randi Kaye
  • Jane King
  • John King
  • Larry King
  • Andrea Koppel
  • Howard Kurtz
  • Maggie Lake
  • Nicole Lapin
  • Ed Lavandera
  • Chris Lawrence
  • Don Lemon
  • Dan Lothian
  • Suzanne Malveaux
  • Jonathan Mann
  • Lola Martinez
  • Rob Marciano
  • David Mattingly
  • Colleen McEdwards
  • Jamie McIntyre
  • Monica McNeal
  • Robin Meade
  • Jackie Meretsky
  • Jeanne Meserve
  • Anthony Mills
  • Ana Maria Montero
  • Jeanne Moos
  • Chad Myers
  • Asieh Namdar
  • Octavia E. Nasr
  • Paula Newton
  • Betty Nguyen
  • Fritz Nivose
  • Robin Oakley
  • Kate O’Beirne
  • Miles O’Brien
  • Soledad O’Brien
  • Femi Oke
  • Christi Paul
  • Karl Penhaul
  • Kyra Phillips
  • Kitty Pilgrim
  • Pedro Pinto
  • Frederik Pleitgen
  • Richard Quest
  • Elaine Quijano
  • Monita Rajpal
  • Aneesh Raman
  • Mari Ramos
  • Anjali Rao
  • Hugh Riminton
  • Dan Rivers
  • Chuck Roberts
  • John Roberts
  • Thomas Roberts
  • Nic Robertson
  • Christine Romans
  • Susan Roesgen
  • Richard Roth
  • Ted Rowlands
  • Brent Sadler
  • Rick Sanchez
  • Shakuntala Santhiran
  • Jacki Schechner
  • Bill Schneider
  • Bonnie Schneider
  • Andrew Serwer
  • Isha Sesay
  • Frank Sesno
  • Mark Shields
  • Atika Shubert
  • Daniel Sieberg
  • Mary Snow
  • Barbara Starr
  • Andrew Stevens
  • Kristie Lu Stout
  • Fionnuala Sweeney
  • Lisa Sylvester
  • Abbi Tatton
  • Jeffrey Toobin
  • Gary Tuchman
  • Adaora Udoji
  • Alphonso Van Marsh
  • Sibila Vargas
  • Ralitsa Vassileva
  • John Vause
  • Ali Velshi
  • Zain Verjee
  • Alessio Vinci
  • Michael Ware
  • Carlos Watson
  • Ben Wedeman
  • Harris Whitbeck
  • Fredricka Whitfield
  • Gerri Willis
  • Reynolds Wolf
  • Kareen Wynter
  • Eunice Yoon
  • John Zarrella

Past Anchors

  • Roz Abrams—Last seen at WCBS-TV
  • Jane Akre
  • Natalie Allen—Last seen at MSNBC
  • Aaron Arispe Sr.—Retired
  • Aaron Arispe Jr.—Now a NFL Football Player
  • Peter Arnett
  • Jane Arraf—Now with NBC News
  • Sharyl Atkisson—Now with CBS News
  • Rudi Bakhtiar—Last seen at Fox News Channel
  • Bobbie Battista—Launched, now with on “Daily Café”
  • Ralph Begleiter—Now a professor at the University of Delaware
  • Jason Bellini—Now with Logo
  • Charles Bierbauer
  • Richard Blystone—Now with the International Herald Tribune
  • Mike Boettcher—Now with NBC News
  • Tom Braden
  • Phil Brady
  • Rym Brahimi—retired, married an Arab prince
  • Aaron Brown—Now professor at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Jill Brown
  • Lyn Brown—(1984-1988)
  • Pat Buchanan—Now with MSNBC
  • Chris Burns—Now with Bloomberg Television
  • Bob Cain—Retired
  • Tony Campion—Now with BBC
  • Tucker Carlson—Now with MSNBC
  • James Carville—Now with XM radio and also a film producer—still a guest on various CNN programs
  • Vince Cellini—Now with the Golf Channel
  • Nick Charles—Now with Showtime
  • Joie Chen—Now with CBS News
  • Lynne Cheney—Second Lady of the United States of America
  • Ryan Chilcote—Now with Bloomberg Television
  • Mike Chinoy—Now with Pacific Council on International Policy[4]; also appears on ETTV America
  • Sophia Choi—Now at KVBC in Las Vegas
  • Connie Chung
  • Wesley Clark—Now with Fox News Channel
  • Reid Collins
  • Dave Cotton-did sports updates for CNN Headline News in the 90’s
  • Roger Cossack—Now legal analyst on ESPN
  • Katie Couric—Now with CBS News
  • Chris Curle
  • Sumi Das-Now at KTVU in San Francisco
  • Dan Dorfman-Now a columnist for the New York Sun
  • Mike Douglas—Deceased
  • Patrick Emory—Retired
  • Don Farmer
  • Andrea Fleischer
  • Jeff Flock—Now a reporter for the Fox Business Network; was one of this network’s original personalities
  • Sasha Foo—Now at KUSI, San Diego
  • Dr. Sonya Friedman
  • Eric Gershawn
  • David Goodnow
  • Gordon Graham
  • Jeff Greenfield—now with CBS News
  • Patrick Greenlaw
  • Nick Gregory—Now with WNYW-Fox
  • Leon Harris—Now with WJLA-TV-ABC
  • Don Harrison—deceased
  • Lois Hart—Now with KCRA-TV and KQCA-TV; wife of former CNN alumni Dave Walker
  • James Hattori—Now with NBC News
  • Kathleen Hays—Now with Bloomberg Television
  • Bill Hemmer—Now with Fox News Channel
  • Taylor Henry–Now News Director, KNOE-TV, Monroe, Louisiana
  • Fred Hickman—Now with ESPN
  • Maria Hinojosa—Now with Now on PBS
  • John Holliman—deceased
  • Andrew Holtz
  • Jan Hopkins—Now independent consultant
  • Jim Huber
  • Al Hunt—Now with Bloomberg Television
  • Jesse Jackson—Now a president for Rainbow/PUSH
  • Brian Jenkins
  • Daryn Kagan—Now running, her own inspirational website
  • Myron Kandel—Retired 2005
  • Donna Kelley- Now Executive Producer at KBZK-TV, Bozeman, Montana
  • Sandy Kenyon—Now at PARADE Magazine, various radio & TV
  • Riz Khan Now with Al Jazeera English
  • Michael Kinsley
  • Dennis Kirkpatrick
  • Bob Kurtz—First sports anchor, now a Christian minister
  • Jeff Koinange—left in May 2007
  • Steve Kosch—
  • Sachi Koto—left in 2005
  • Lawrence Kudlow—Now with CNBC
  • Greg LaMotte—Now with KULR-TV, Billings, Montana
  • Larry LaMotte—Deceased
  • Denise LeClair—An original CNN anchor and first Headline News anchor
  • Mark Leff
  • Lee Leonard—Now at CN8
  • Carol Lin—Left 2006-12-30
  • Kirsten Lindquist
  • Stuart Loory
  • Bob Losure—
  • Bettina Lüscher—Now a spokesperson for the World Food Programme[5]
  • Tumi Makgabo
  • Mary Matalin—Now a Republican political consultant
  • Deborah Marchini
  • Miguel Marquez Now with ABC News
  • Molly McCoy
  • Ann McDermott
  • Dennis Michael
  • Dave Michaels-Retired
  • Don Miller
  • Tom Mintire
  • Jim Moret—Now with Inside Edition and professor at UCLA
  • Valerie Morris—Poised to host a financial literacy programme aimed at woman and people with colour
  • Anand Naidoo—Now with Al Jazeera English
  • Brian Nelson—Now Boeing Communications Director At Kennedy Space Center
  • Lucia Newman—Now with Al Jazeera English as a correspondent based in Buenos Aires
  • Lucy Noland—now at KHOU-TV In Houston
  • Bryan Norcross—Now with CBS
  • Robert Novak—Now with Fox News Channel
  • Joe Oliver
  • Patti Paniccia
  • Christina Park-Now at WNYW-FOX
  • Natalie Pawelski-No longer active
  • Dan Patrick—No longer with ESPN as of 2007-08-17
  • Veronica Pedrosa-Now with Al Jazeera English
  • Shibab Rattansi-Now with Al Jazeera English
  • Kathy Pepino
  • Cheryl Potts
  • Gene Randall—Now media consultant
  • Dallas Raines—Now with KABC-TV, Los Angeles
  • Maria Ressa—Now Head of News and Public Affairs, ABS-CBN, Philippines
  • Susan Rook—Retired
  • Sonia Ruseler-No longer active
  • Lynne Russell—Now with CBC/Radio-Canada, anchoring for CBC Newsworld
  • Andrea Sanke—Now with France24 English
  • Martin Savidge—Now with NBC News
  • Daniel Schorr—Now with NPR as Senior News Analyst
  • Bella Shaw—Now doing infomercials
  • Bernard Shaw—Retired
  • Claire Shipman—Now with ABC News
  • Orelon Sidney
  • Kate Snow—Now with ABC News
  • Martin Soong—Now with CNBC Asia
  • Flip Spiceland—Now with WXIA-NBC
  • Hannah Storm—Now with CBS News
  • Kathleen Sullivan
  • John Sununu
  • Sherri Sylvester
  • Cal Thomas—Now with Fox News Channel
  • Andrea Thompson
  • Bill Tush—Now freelance reporter
  • Greta Van Susteren—Now host of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Channel
  • Stuart Varney—Now an anchor at the Fox Business Network
  • Lyn Vaughn
  • Robert Vito
  • Valerie Voss
  • Dave Walker—Now with KCRA-TV and KQCA-TV; husband of former CNN alum Lois Hart
  • Lou Waters
  • Ralph Wenge—Retired, living in Rhode Island
  • Liz Wickersham
  • Mary Alice Williams—Now with WCBS News Radio
  • Kelly Wallace—Now with CBS News
  • Judy Woodruff—Bloomberg Television) and PBS
  • Van Earl Wright- Did sports updates for CNN Headline news in the 80’s (now works for NBC American Gladiators in 2008)
  • Paula Zahn—Resigned from the network July 24, 2007[14]


CNN bureau locations

CNN bureau locations

The CNN Center in Atlanta.

The CNN Center in Atlanta.

Note: Boldface indicates that they are CNN’s original bureaus, meaning they have been in operation since the network’s founding.

United States

  • Atlanta (Headquarters)
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • New Orleans
  • New York City
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, D.C.


  • Baghdad, Iraq
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Beijing, China
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Bogotá, Colombia
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Havana, Cuba
  • Hong Kong, China (Asia/Pacific regional headquarters)
  • Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • London, United Kingdom (European regional headquarters)
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Moscow, Russia
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Criticism and controversies

Main article: CNN controversies

CNN has been accused of media bias for allegedly promoting both a conservative and a liberal agenda based on previous incidents, although the primary criticism has been that CNN has a liberal bias. Critics, such as Accuracy in Media and MRC, have claimed that CNN’s reporting contains liberal editorializing within news stories.[15][16]

It was derided as the “Clinton News Network” during the 1990s for its perceived favorable bias towards the Clinton Administration.[citation needed]. Some critics[citation needed] allege that the network has been “promoting” Barack Obama during the 2008 race for presidency.

The network has also been accused of being slanted toward U.S. interests when reporting on world conflicts and wars.[specify][17] Critics such as LA Weekly say it is part of an alleged pro-war news media.[citation needed] CNN denies any bias.

Several prominent former CNN personalities have come to criticize certain aspects of the news network. Aaron Brown has said that CNN has committed “huge mistakes” and frames CNN as an “organization that is trying to figure out if it can be all things to all people.” However, he also praised CNN’s journalistic superiority, saying, “[…] CNN’s a better journalism organization.” [18] Bernard Shaw has expressed that he is “very very disappointed with the way the news management” has handled his favorite network. He criticised the effects of Fox News’ “commentary [and] personal analysis” on the news reporting of CNN, saying that “CNN continues to ape many of the on-air mannerisms of the Fox News Network, and I don’t like that.”[19]As said by Ted Turner, founder of CNN, “There really isn’t much of a point getting some Tom, Dick or Harry off the streets to report on when we can snag a big name whom everyone identifies with. After all, it’s all part of the business.” However, in April 2008, Turner criticized the direction CNN has taken. [20]

In November of 2007, CNN aired Death Grip: Inside Pro Wrestling, a one-hour investigative report. The report included footage from an interview with pro wrestler John Cena regarding steroids. According to World Wrestling Entertainment and Cena, CNN edited Cena’s responses to make it seem as if he did not deny using steroids, while leaving room open for doubt that he did. His answer to the CNN interviewer’s initial query of “Have you ever taken steroids?” was, “Absolutely not.” Instead, CNN edited in a more detailed answer Cena had provided several minutes later during the same interview. Cena and the WWE demanded an apology from CNN. In response to their complaint, CNN issued this statement: “CNN felt that Mr. Cena’s statement in the interview: “My answer to that question ‘have you ever used steroids’ is — the only thing I can say — I can’t tell you that I haven’t, but you’ll never be able to prove that I have” was a more expansive and complete answer — and that’s why we used it in the first run of the program. And we stand by that decision. But, we added the other quote on the Sunday replay where Mr. Cena first denied using steroids. We did this because of his complaint and the attention it received so that viewers could see how he said it both times.” [21][22] was accused by Chinese bloggers of bending the truth of the 2008 unrest in Tibet by distorting or manipulating facts. Specifically, the bloggers alleged that deliberately cropped a photograph to remove images of Tibetan protesters throwing stones at Chinese trucks. In response to the allegation, noted that “there could be no confusion regarding what [the photo] was showing, not least because it was captioned: ´Tibetans throw stones at army vehicles on a street in the capital Lhasa.´”[23] A Chinese website,,[24] has accused CNN and western media in general of biased reporting against China, with the catch-phrase “Don’t be so CNN” catching on in the Chinese mainstream as jokingly meaning “Don’t be so biased“. [25]

On April 24, 2008, beautician Liang Shubing and teacher Li Lilan sued commentator Jack Cafferty and CNN $1.3 billion damages ($1 per person in China), in New York, for “violating the dignity and reputation of the Chinese people”. At the April 9 CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Cafferty remarked, “I think they’re basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they’ve been for the last 50 years; and the United States imported Chinese-made “junk with the lead paint on them and the poisoned pet food.” Further, amid China’s Foreign Ministry demand for an apology, 14 lawyers filed A similar suit in Beijing.[26][27]

See also

  • News channel
  • Breaking news
  • CNN effect
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