February 15th, 2013
10:09 PM ET

Chicago's Kids Off the Block founder strives to clean up the streets

Following President Obama’s speech in Chicago today, addressing gun violence, CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo asks Diane Latiker how she helps fight the epidemic. Latiker, who started nonprofit organization Kids Off the Block, helps thousands of young people to stay off the streets.

“I’ve seen gang members actually change their lives standing in here and go get a job and go back to school. I’ve seen that with my own eyes,” Latiker said, referencing a memorial that is built with bricks representing recent gun-related deaths in the city.

Topics: AC360 • Chris Cuomo • CNN
Michael Holmes Joins Newsroom International
February 15th, 2013
03:18 PM ET

Michael Holmes Joins Newsroom International

On Monday, February 18, CNN International anchor Michael Holmes will join Suzanne Malveaux as co-anchor of Newsroom International. Malveaux and Holmes will take viewers around the world in 60 minutes covering the day's most important global news, trends and destinations.

In addition to Newsroom International on CNN/US, Holmes will continue to anchor CNN International's daily news program, International Desk


Topics: Around the World • CNN • CNN International
February 15th, 2013
02:00 PM ET

CNN Coverage: President Obama’s Chicago Address

CNN will broadcast the President’s address from Chicago today, where he visits his home district and the area where Hadiya Pendleton was gunned down after performing in the Inaugural Parade.  Beginning at 3:30pm (ET), Chris Cuomo anchors coverage of the President’s address. Cuomo will host Anderson Cooper 360 from Chicago tonight at 8pm ET, interviewing a woman who has opened up her home to inner city Chicago kids who are living in an urban war zone.  Erin Burnett will interview Rev. Jesse Jackson for tonight’s Erin Burnett OutFront in regards to his criticism of the President’s handling of gun violence in their hometown of Chicago.  Ted Rowlands and Gary Tuchmann report from Chicago.  Rowlands follows Hadiya Pendleton’s murder case, and Tuchmann spends time with gang members who, for the night, put down their weapons.

CNN.com will live stream the President’s address on CNN.com/live and on the CNN apps.

Topics: AC360 • Chris Cuomo • CNN • Erin Burnett • Erin Burnett OutFront • Gary Tuchmann
Allison Gollust to Head CNN Communications
February 15th, 2013
01:11 PM ET

Allison Gollust to Head CNN Communications

Allison Gollust will join Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. as senior vice president of communications for CNN Worldwide.  In her new role, which she assumes in March, Gollust will have oversight of all messaging strategy and execution on behalf of the portfolio of CNN networks and businesses, which includes CNN/U.S., HLN and CNN.com, as well as domestic operations of CNN International and CNN en Español.  She will serve as chief spokesperson for the news brand and will lead publicity and public relations teams in New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Los Angeles.  Gollust will be based in New York and will report to Jeff Matteson, senior vice president of communications for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., while working closely with her longtime colleague Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.

“Allison is among the most experienced and respected communications executives in the media industry, and her close working relationship with Jeff Zucker is one of its most successful professional partnerships,” said Matteson.  “The regard in which she is held by the press and her peers; her reputation for integrity, accessibility and candor; her ability to lead talented teams; and her importance to Jeff as an adviser and spokesperson make her a great fit for this key role, and a great addition to Turner Broadcasting’s leadership ranks.”

“In the 15 years that Allison and I have worked together, I’ve depended on her judgment, counsel and relationships,” said Zucker.  “Allison is joining CNN at an exciting time, and she and the strong communications team she’s inheriting will play a critical role in shaping the organization and its story going forward.  It’s great to have her at CNN.” FULL POST

Topics: CNN
February 15th, 2013
12:40 PM ET

"Fashion: Backstage Pass" airs Sat. Feb. 16th

CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho sat down with supermodel Naomi Campbell to ask about her new Oxygen reality TV show The Face and thoughts on John Galliano’s public return working with Oscar de la Renta, Designer Zac Posen told Cho that Campbell is a “survivor” and like a sister.


Topics: Alina Cho • CNN
February 15th, 2013
10:23 AM ET

Piers Morgan Tonight: Pat Kiernan adds perspective to the nightmare on the cruise ship

Last night, as the dramatic Alabama arrival of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship unfolded live on CNN, guest host Donny Deutsch anchored "Piers Morgan Tonight" from the network's New York studio, keeping viewers up to date, while also adding some overall insight and perspective to the situation.

With Erin Burnett reporting live from Mobile, Ala., Deutsch held down the ship in Manhattan, welcoming a trio of guests charged with keeping the nightmare cruise in context.

Being careful not to minimize any of the drama and trauma incurred over the course of the last few days, Pat Kiernan noted that things could have been a whole lot worse:

"Mostly this is uncomfortable for people, that's all it is," said the NY1 morning news anchor. "It's a horrible vacation, it's a nightmare vacation. But they're uncomfortable right now, and they're bored. They're up there on the decks waving to the CNN helicopter."

Topics: CNN • Piers Morgan
February 15th, 2013
07:06 AM ET

This week on The Next List: One man's bold quest to save the Earth from asteroids

He calls it the biggest environmental project imaginable. Ed Lu, a former NASA astronaut and current CEO of the B612 Foundation, believes one of the biggest threats to the planet isn’t even on the Earth, it’s in space. Asteroids.

Ed Lu says asteroids hit earth all the time.  “Really small ones are just the shooting stars you see when you look up in the sky,” says Lu. “Larger ones, like the one that hit Tunguska in Siberia, those hit about every couple hundred years.” In 1908 an asteroid about 130 feet wide hit Tunguska Siberia with a force that was 1000 times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It totally destroyed an area the size of the San Francisco bay area. They happen more frequently than we realize – and there are no guarantees that the next one won’t hit a city.  “There is about a 50 percent chance in your lifetime that another explosion of that size is going to happen somewhere on earth,” says Lu.

And here’s the really scary part: right now we’re only able to detect about one percent of the asteroids that are actually orbiting near Earth. The reality, says Lu, is that there are 100 times more asteroids than that.

“That’s about a million near Earth asteroids that are larger than the one that hit in Tunguska in 1908,” he said.

But Lu has a solution. FULL POST

Topics: CNN