March 18th, 2013
08:54 PM ET

AC360: Statement from Steubenville rape victim's mother given to Poppy Harlow

The mother of the 16 year old girl that was raped by two Steubenville, Ohio football players has released a new audio statement to CNN’s Poppy Harlow.  The statement aired first on AC360° at 8pm.

A link to tonight’s piece is below as well as the transcript of the audio statement.

“My family and I are hopeful that we can put this whole ordeal behind us. We need and deserve to focus on our daughters future.  We hope that from this something good can arise.  I feel I have an opportunity to bring an awareness to others, possibly change the mentality of a youth or help a parent  to have more of an awareness to where their children are and what they are doing.  The adults need to take responsibility guide these children.  I ask every person listening what if this was your daughter, your sister or your friend?  We need to stress the importance of helping those in need and to stand up for what is right.  We all have that option to choose.  This is the start of a new beginning for my daughter.  I ask that you all continue to pray for her and all victims and please respect our privacy as we help our family to heal.  Thank you.”

Topics: Anderson Cooper
March 18th, 2013
06:45 PM ET

RNC Chair to CNN: "The young faces in our party are the future of our party. But we can still honor heroes like John McCain, too."

Today on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, RNC chairman Reince Priebus talks about his plan to revamp the GOP. A highlight from the interview is after the jump and a full transcript will be posted on

MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”

Highlight from Full Interview:

BLITZER:  Are you with the old guard, the John McCains, or the new guard, shall we say, Rand Paul?

PRIEBUS:  Listen, I'm for everybody.  I think that we've got great horsepower in our party.  I think we're a young party.  I spoke at CPAC, too, Wolf.  So I think that the guys - the young faces in our party are the future of our party.  But we can still honor heroes like John McCain, too.

So I don't think we're in any position, Wolf, to start cutting people out of our party.  We're in no position to build by subtraction.  We have to build through addition.  Stay true to our principles.  And talk about our issues and relate to voters in a real detailed way, and in a long-term way.


The Lead with Jake Tapper premieres TODAY at 4 pm ET
March 18th, 2013
03:27 PM ET

The Lead with Jake Tapper premieres TODAY at 4 pm ET

Via 5 reasons to watch The Lead with Jake Tapper

1) We've got a great line-up of guests for our debut show: Stephen Colbert, LeBron James, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

2) It's not your typical Washington, D.C. show – sure we've got politics, but we will also cover the most important topics at the 4 p.m. hour: world stories, national, business, sports, and pop culture.

3) You could be on the show – watch for the #YOU'RE IT segment, submit your response, and your tweet could be on-air.

4) The Lead looks into under reported stories in our segment The Buried Lead – bringing buried stories to the forefront.

5) Jake Tapper will speed-sketch a political cartoon on-air, while simultaneously texting, tweeting, and emailing news. Just kidding – but he could, because he's that good.




PLUS: New CNN/ORC polling data, including a new approval rating for President Obama, will be revealed by Jake Tapper on The Lead at 4pm ET.


PREVIEW: Advance video: Lead, led, or lede? Stephen Colbert on Jake Tapper's new show


FOLLOW THE LEAD: On Twitter @theleadcnn and @jaketapper; On Facebook The Lead with Jake Tapper


Pamela Brown, George Howell, Alina Machado Join CNN
March 18th, 2013
02:03 PM ET

Pamela Brown, George Howell, Alina Machado Join CNN

Pamela Brown, George Howell and Alina Machado have joined CNN as correspondents, the network  announced today.  Brown will report primarily for CNN’s new morning program and will be based in New York. Howell will report for the network and will be based out of Chicago. Machado will report for CNN, CNN en Español and CNN Latino, and will be based in Atlanta.

“Pam is an outstanding reporter who made her mark in Washington, D.C. with exceptional coverage of domestic breaking news and enterprise reporting. The passion in her work is evident and we are so happy to have her join the CNN team,” said Ken Jautz, executive vice president of CNN/U.S.

“George and Alina are multi-talented, and their passion for getting to the crux of the story comes through in their award-winning journalism,” said Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director of CNN International.


March 18th, 2013
01:21 PM ET

CNN Digital Gains on Yahoo!-ABC News Network

Page views up double digits for CNN Digital, Down for Yahoo!-ABC

CNN Digital Hits All-Time High on Mobile, Maintains Five-Year Stretch as No. 1

In February 2013, CNN Digital Network maintained its spot as the second most trafficked destination for news and information while tightening the gap with the combined Yahoo!-ABC News Network.  With 1.8 billion page views – an increase of 28%, CNN Digital closed in on Yahoo!-ABC’s 2.3 billion page views – down 52%, over the previous February.

In page views for the month, CNN Digital held its lead over the competition:

  • CNN Digital Network (1.8 billion)
  • HPMG News by 27% (1.4 billion)
  • NBC News Digital by 72% (1.1 billion)
  • Fox News Digital Network by 93% (951 million)
  • New York Times Digital by 184% (647 million)
  • USA Today Sites by 207% (598 million)
  • CBS News by 239% (542 million)


Topics: CNN Digital • CNN Press Releases • Mobile • Ratings
March 18th, 2013
11:39 AM ET

Lead, led, or lede? Stephen Colbert on Jake Tapper's new show

Comedian Stephen Colbert talks with CNN's Jake Tapper, and seeks some pronunciation guidance on the title of the CNN anchor's new show.

CNN's Jake Tapper's all-new show, The Lead makes its debut today, Monday, March 18th at 4pm ET.

March 18th, 2013
10:50 AM ET

Anthony Bourdain: "Parts Unknown” Launches Sunday, April 14 on CNN


Premiere Episode of New One-Hour Weekend Series Explores Food and Culture of Myanmar

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, hosted by the world-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality, premieres on Sunday, April 14, at 9pm, ET.

The one-hour weekend lifestyle series follows Bourdain as he travels the across the globe to uncover little-known areas of the world and celebrate diverse cultures by exploring food and dining rituals. Known for his curiosity, candor, and acerbic wit, Bourdain takes viewers off the beaten path of tourist destinations – including some war-torn parts of the world – and meets with a variety of local citizens to offer a window into their lifestyles, and occasionally communes with an internationally lauded chef on his journeys.

The premiere episode of the Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown offers an inside look at Myanmar. In his maiden voyage to the country formerly known as Burma, Bourdain and his crew discover the fabled beauty and local cuisines of a country that had been, up until recently, off-limits to outsiders.  Future episodes include tours of Libya, Colombia, the Quebecois side of Canada, Koreatown in Los Angeles, Tangier, Peru and the Congo.

Following original episodes of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on Sunday nights at 9pm, encores will air on Friday nights at 11pm, Saturday nights at 9pm, and Sunday nights at 8pm. (all times Eastern)

Viewers can find updates, behind-the-scenes photos, and exclusive content from Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown by following the show’s Twitter account @partsunknownCNN, and accessing the CNN Parts Unknown Facebook page. During each show, viewers are invited to go to the live blog at and join in the conversation using the #PartsUnknown hashtag on Twitter.

In addition to his work on Parts Unknown, Bourdain will be traveling the United States in the spring to bring his “Guts & Glory” tour to live audiences beginning April 12 in San Francisco through May 13 in Washington D.C.

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with Executive Producers and Founders Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, along with Executive Producer Sandra Zweig. The Emmy award winning Zero Point Zero Production has produced programs with Anthony Bourdain for more than a decade, including Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover, A Cooks Tour, and Decoding Ferran Adria.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively-syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.


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