Two-Time Super Bowl Champ and 'Dancing with the Stars'  Mirrorball Winner Hines Ward Joins HLN’S 'Morning Express With Robin Meade' As Sports Contributor
May 25th, 2016
11:34 AM ET

Two-Time Super Bowl Champ and 'Dancing with the Stars'  Mirrorball Winner Hines Ward Joins HLN’S 'Morning Express With Robin Meade' As Sports Contributor


Ward to Also Provide Sports Commentary and Analysis Across all CNN Platforms

Hines Ward, two-time Super Bowl champion and Dancing with the Stars Mirrorball trophy winner, joins HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade as sports contributor.  Based at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta, Ward will also provide analysis and commentary on major sporting events and breaking news across all CNN platforms, including CNN/U.S., CNN Digital, CNNMoney and CNN International.

Beginning July 1, the Super Bowl XL MVP, joins the popular HLN morning crew of host Robin Meade, meteorologist Bob Van Dillen and consumer business correspondent Jennifer Westhoven. Morning Express with Robin Meade is a ratings juggernaut for the network.  The wildly successful morning show is up double-digits year-to-date in both total viewers and persons 25-54.

“I’m incredibly grateful to HLN and CNN for welcoming me to their prestigious team,” said Ward. “Throughout my career, I’ve always envisioned myself as more than just a football player and this platform will allow me to express myself in different and unique ways. I’m excited to be able to share my journey and my stories with our audiences, both in the US and worldwide.”

“Hines is a true champion with such a wining personality,” said Bill Galvin, SVP, Sports Programming, CNN.  “His perspective on sports extends well beyond the football field – a fresh voice we’re excited to share with HLN and CNN audiences.”

Upon his retirement in 2012 from the NFL, where here he played for 14 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ward trained and completed the 2013 Ironman World Championships held annually in Hawaii. He began his television career as an analyst for NBC’s Sunday primetime NFL show, Football Night in America.

He founded and operates Helping Hands Foundations both in the U.S. and Korea, and is an active participant with numerous other charities including The Caring Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Pearl S. Buck International. Ward also started an after-school education program for kids in his home state of Georgia, where he attended Forest Park High School and went on to be a top scholar-athlete at the University of Georgia, earning All-SEC honors his senior year and finishing his college career as Georgia's second all-time receiver with 144 receptions. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife and son.

Ward is represented by CSE Talent, which offers management and career assistance to its elite roster of over 200 clients including pro and collegiate coaches, baseball players, golfers, management, and news and sport media talent.


April 7th, 2016
12:15 PM ET

‘#WhyTheyHateUs’ – Fareed Zakaria Explores What Drives the Rage - PREMIERES MONDAY, MAY 23

New Fareed Zakaria Primetime Special Premieres on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm ET


“Why do they hate us?” has been the question asked since the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago – and again in the wake of terrorist attacks in Boston, Brussels, Beirut, Paris, Mumbai, Ft Hood, San Bernardino, and beyond.  CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores what is fueling the rage – and challenges intelligence experts, religious scholars, policy influencers, and even the very men who want to kill us – for answers to whether America and the rest of the West can do anything to stop the bloodshed.  He looks at one Muslim community in the U.S. for what makes America’s challenges different from Europe’s and those in the Middle East.

A new hour-long primetime special, WHY THEY HATE US, will premiere Monday, May 23 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm Eastern.

What makes seemingly ordinary people turn against their own countrymen to commit murderous attacks?  Zakaria challenges violent jihadis about the reasons why they hate the West – and gets rarely heard answers.

Why do others committing this carnage come from nations once thought to be allies of the West?  Zakaria details the unlikely origins of this searing anti-Western hatred to Greeley, Colorado in 1949.  Sayyid Qutb, a puritanical, conservative Muslim was so horrified by his experience in America he returned to Egypt to advocate a return to Sharia law by Arab nations, the rejection of modernization and democracy – and violent retaliation against America and the West for ‘corrupting’ the Arab World.

Is Islam an inherently violent religion?  Zakaria seeks answers for what attracts extremists to the medieval, barbaric terror of a violent interpretation of Islam from author and scholar Reza Aslan (No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization); neuroscientist and chief executive of Project Reason, Sam Harris; anti-Western British cleric Anjem Choudary; Columbia University professor and Co-Director for the Center for Palestine Studies, Rashid Khalidi, DPhil.; and author and Muslim reformer Irshad Manji (Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith and Allah, Liberty, and Love).  Astonishingly, Manji describes the scholarship behind the true meaning of a widely popularized mistranslation of the afterlife promise of “72 virgins” to actually be a reference to…“raisins.”

Though dead for decades, Qutb’s violent admonitions inspired Osama bin Laden, today’s radical clerics from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, and even an influential American cleric whose seductive sermonic fragments were found scrawled inside the boat where one of the Boston Marathon bombers was found, as well as in messages exchanged by the San Bernardino jihadis.  Zakaria concludes with proposed solutions to defeat this infectious ideology currently posing a global security threat – and even shaping the most controversial points of debates for the U.S. elections, and influencing European and American policy on refugees, immigration, privacy, and the rules for armed conflict.

During the broadcast, producers of WHY THEY HATE US will interact with viewers via Twitter, using the hashtag #WHYTHEYHATEUS with user questions and comments about the special.

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March 23rd, 2016
02:37 AM ET



Will Ripley joins a mascot class in Tama, Japan

A 30-minute special airing on March 30 at 1130 and 1730 HKT

“Japan Inc”, is a title so distinctively representative of the character of the country. Through a special 30-minute program, ‘Made In Japan’, CNN International’s Tokyo correspondent Will Ripley takes a look at how Japan is innovating and creating for tomorrow, and the evolving reality of what it means to be Made In Japan.

Highlights of the 30-minute special include:

Technology and Innovation

CNN takes a look at how Japan is testing the boundaries of the relationship between humans and technology. CNN’s Will Ripley travels to Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories in Kyoto to learn about Dr. Ishiguro’s experiments with humanoid technology. He also visits the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo’s Shinjuku, MJI Robotics, and takes a tour of the world’s first hotel run mostly by robots in Nagasaki.


CNN also looks at the global soft power and the business of characters that are ‘Made In Japan’. Starting locally, Will Ripley visits a mascot factory and joins a mascot class to discover the influence and prevalence of mascots in the country. Then he takes a look at Polygon Pictures Inc. that creates animations for Japan and internationally for Disney, Netflix, and Lucasfilms. CNN learns about the creative process behind these characters and why anime represents a huge opportunity for growth in Japan.


The ‘Made In Japan’ label is known for carrying quality craftsmanship. But it is also a reflection of Japanese society and culture. So where does the label stand today? In a conversation with fashion veteran Tiffany Godoy, CNN looks at the evolution of Japanese fashion and how designers are bringing smart design to the runway. CNN also goes into the studio with designer Kunihik Morinaga and explores how he is mixing fashion and technology through the brand Anrealage. It’s an inside look at how the industry is being redefined and carving a new place on the global fashion stage.

Airtimes (Hong Kong/ Singapore/ Beijing/ Taipei/ Manila/ Kuala Lumpur):

Wednesday March 30 at 1730 HKT

Thursday March 31 at 0030 HKT

Saturday April 2 at 1230 & 2030 HKT

Sunday April 3 at 0830 HKT

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About CNN International

CNN’s portfolio of news and information services is available in seven different languages across all major TV, digital and mobile platforms reaching more than 400 million households around the globe, including over 69 million across the Asia Pacific region. CNN International is the number one international TV news channel according to all major media surveys across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Asia Pacific region and Latin America and recently expanded its U.S. presence with its launch on CNNgo. CNN Digital is a leading network for online news, mobile news and social media. Over the years CNN has won multiple prestigious awards around the world for its journalism. CNN has 42 editorial offices and more than 1,100 affiliates worldwide through CNN Newsource. CNN International is part of Turner, a Time Warner company.

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#UndercoverInSyria: Clarissa Ward reports from behind rebel lines
March 14th, 2016
10:03 AM ET

#UndercoverInSyria: Clarissa Ward reports from behind rebel lines

Clarissa Ward reports from rebel-held territory in exclusive series

As the civil war in Syria enters its sixth year, CNN releases exclusive reporting from senior international correspondent Clarissa Ward from behind rebel lines inside Syria.

Joined by CNN producer Salma Abdelaziz and Syria-based filmmaker Bilal Abdul Kareem, the CNN team spent almost a week on the ground in rebel-held areas of northern Syria to report on what life is like there. And less than 24 hours after arriving, the team witnessed an airstrike that left 11 dead.

“For too long, many of us have been relying on grainy YouTube video and Skype interviews to help us parse through what is happening on the ground in Syria,” Ward says. “Journalists have been able to get visas to visit regime controlled parts of the country, but it has been too long since Western journalists have entered rebel-held Syria. We wanted to see for ourselves what life is like under the bombs.”


February 15th, 2016
08:08 AM ET

Chertoff on fighting extremism: "We have to focus on behavior, not on ethnic or religious background..."

Former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen joined Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday to discuss elevated national security threat levels and forces driving terrorism inside the United States.  Both experts also commented on recent comments on Muslims and immigration on the campaign trail and Congressional commentary from America's national security leadership this week about imminent threats of terror attacks on the homeland.

The full transcript of this joint interview follows the jump.

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February 8th, 2016
03:37 PM ET

#FZGPS - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on “carpet bombing…that’s genocide”

On Sunday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, humanitarian, 6-time NBA MVP, and New York Times bestselling-author of Mycroft Holmes (2015) appeared on CNN's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS.  Abdul-Jabbar and Fareed Zakaria spoke about Islam and Islamophobia in America and the 2016 election.  The full transcript of the interview may be found after the jump.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Trump’s comments regarding Muslims: “I thought that what he had to say was outrageous. It certainly contradicts our Constitution, something that the President of the United States is obliged to uphold and defend, and religious discrimination is not part of what America is supposed to be about. And here he is saying that it's OK to discriminate and have Muslims on watch lists, and we're going to shut down some masjids, and a lot of things that are illegal and immoral. And, you know, I had to say something.” FULL POST

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February 1st, 2016
12:36 PM ET

PM Trudeau on Canada's reaction to ISIS: "I think people are open to not choosing to live in constant fear"

On this weekend's FAREED ZAKARIA GPS, host Fareed Zakaria spoke with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the Prime Minister’s first interview with a non-Canadian media organization. The wide-ranging interview covered the Syrian refugee crisis, military action and air strikes against ISIS, and how falling oil prices are impacting Canada’s economy.

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WEB EXTRA: Will TRUDEAU end Canada’s air strikes against ISIS?

WEB EXTRA: TRUDEAU on how the collapse of oil prices will impact Canada’s economy



FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST, CNN GPS: Every year at Davos, there’s a country that stands out, attracting attention and admiration. This year it was not so much a nation, but a person.

Justin Trudeau, the new 44-year-old Prime Minister of Canada, was the star of the World Economic Forum. Hollywood actors and CEOs took selfies with him. Women seemed particularly impressed, perhaps because he has appointed a cabinet that is 50 percent female.

Trudeau is an unabashed liberal, with plans to legalize pot, raise taxes on the wealthy, and take climate change seriously. In doing this, he continues the legacy of his father, Pierre Trudeau, who was perhaps Canada's most famous prime minister.

Davos was his debut on the world stage, and my interview was his first with a non-Canadian broadcaster.


Topics: Afghanistan • CNN • Fareed Zakaria • Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iraq • ISIS • Syria • Transcripts
January 12th, 2016
07:58 PM ET

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says "U.S sailors are safe"

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Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest joined the program, on the day of President Obama’s final State of the Union address to weigh in on the breaking news of ten American sailors being held in Iranian custody.  Please see below for a full rushed transcript.


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Earnest discusses the 10 American sailors in Iranian custody: " I can tell you that U.S. officials have been in touch with the Iranians about this situation.  This is obviously a situation that we're monitoring closely.  We've received assurances from the Iranians, both that our sailors are safe, that they're being – that they’re afforded sort of the care – sort of the proper - courtesy that you'd expect.  We've also most importantly received assurances they will be allowed to continue their journey promptly . So this is - the substance of the communications that we have with the Iranians so far today, and it's a situation we're going to continue to watch closely….. we're still learning more about the precise circumstances of this particular incident, so I don't want to say anything based on the first unconfirmed information we have at this point.  The thing I can tell you we are watching this closely, and we have received assurances from the Iranians that our sailors are safe and that they will be allowed to continue their journey promptly.

[TAPPER]: "I hear you, but they have 10 American sailors in their custody right now, Josh.  I mean, I think there are probably a lot of Americans watching this thinking, why are we about to give them sanction relief?  They have 10 Americans in – wherever they have them. In a boat, in a cell, whatever."[EARNEST]: "We're going to have sanctions in place against Iran because of their continued development of their ballistic missile program.  And we’ve been pretty clear about the fact that Iran is going to be subject to additional sanctions because of the tests they conducted at the end of last year.  So we continue to be concerned about this situation.  That precisely is why the president made preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon a top national security priority, and we're making progress in actually accomplishing that goal."


Earnest on President Obama’s final State of the Union address: "Well, the president surely has plenty to talk about when it comes to all that we've accomplished over the last seven years. And he’s surely got a lot he wants to talk about in terms what we hope to get done in over the remaining year that the president has in office.  But what the president's hoping to do is use this opportunity to have a conversation with the American people about longer-term challenges that are facing the country, but also the longer-term opportunities that are available if we actually make the right choices at this point in time. The president's going to talk first and foremost about the economy.  We've seen our economy change dramatically over the last couple of decades because of technology.  In some ways, that technology has allowed our economy to expand prosperity in ways that were previously unimaginable.  But what's also true we're seeing technology is having an impact of eliminating jobs, not just on the factory floor, but in a variety of sectors…"



Topics: Breaking News
December 14th, 2015
03:52 PM ET

One refugee's dreams of life in America – with @humansofny storyteller, Brandon Stanton

On Sunday Fareed Zakaria interviewed photographer and blogger, Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York, a photographic digital diary and book that chronicles life in New York City.  Recently, Stanton has been turning his lens to capturing the life of Iraqi and Syrian refugees hoping to come to America.  Zakaria spoke with Stanton and Aya, a Syrian refugee, to learn more about the legal process and excruciating experiences for those fleeing the war zones with dreams of coming to America.

The full transcript for this interview may be found here:


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November 23rd, 2015
04:33 PM ET

Secretary of State John Kerry on COP21 in Paris

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS featured an exclusive interview with Secretary of State John Kerry discussing the U.S. participation in the upcoming COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris. This interview was taped in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department on Thursday, Nov. 12.

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Secretary Kerry on advance target setting prior to the upcoming multinational summit on climate change in Paris

Now that's why President Obama reached an agreement with President Xi - a ground-breaking, historic agreement - to join together to announce the intended emissions reductions that both countries would make as part of the Paris negotiations in hopes of inspiring other countries to do the same. Well, guess what? Now over 150 countries have announced their targets for emissions reductions, including India.  Now, they're not enough yet and - for - by anybody - we've all got to move more….



FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: Let me ask you about climate change, Mr. Secretary. You are embarking on a big push for the Paris summit. You gave a speech this week. In that speech, you were very eloquent in criticizing critics in the United States who are still skeptical about climate change.

But what do you say to those who say, look, that's all well and good, but the real skeptics, in a sense, are countries like India and Indonesia and, to an extent, even China, despite some changes, that still continue to use massive amounts of coal, emit huge amounts of carbon dioxide; and that whatever the United States or Western - or Europe may do, that's the real problem; and in those countries, they want to develop, they're not going to stop themselves from developing; the Paris treaty is not legally binding; so we will just cripple ourselves without doing much for climate change?

JOHN KERRY, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: Well, Fareed, that's the challenge. And it doesn't make a lot of sense to develop and kill yourself as you do it. It - you know, we've learned lessons about the downsides of the way in which we have produced energy - electricity and power and transportation and so forth - over centuries now. And we have to move to a low-carbon economy, all of us.

If the United States, all by itself, tomorrow, were to drive, you know, carpool to work and bicycle to work and plant a bunch of trees and lower our emissions to zero, we can't solve the problem alone. India, China, every country in the world has to be part of it.

Now that's why President Obama reached an agreement with President Xi - a ground-breaking, historic agreement - to join together to announce the intended emissions reductions that both countries would make as part of the Paris negotiations in hopes of inspiring other countries to do the same.

Well, guess what? Now over 150 countries have announced their targets for emissions reductions, including India.

Now, they're not enough yet and - for - by anybody - we've all got to move more. But if we come together in Paris - and I believe we can and hopefully will - to have an ambitious set of targets that we will all try to reach - not, you know - that we all agree to voluntarily try to reach - that will be an incredible signal to the marketplace, which already is seeing investment move into clean, alternative renewable different kinds of energy production. The solution to climate change is energy policy.

So it's a question of what choices we need to make in order to preserve our ability on this planet to produce food, to have water, to live where people live today without massive dislocations of human beings, without massive damage from intensified storms and wildfires and droughts, and all of the downsides that we're already beginning to measure.

So this is actually opportunity, not downside. And I think Paris will help define the full breadth of that opportunity. There’s going to be trillions of dollars that will be invested in these new lower-carbon energy sources, and I think it's going - it can - has the chance of transforming everybody's economy for the better.

ZAKARIA: But Mr. Secretary, these countries are announcing these limits - none of it is legally binding, because the treaty is not legally binding.

KERRY: Well, first of all, it's not a treaty, but it - there could be parts of it that are going to be legally binding. The targets themselves may not be. That, you know, is yet to be determined.

I recently made a comment about this, and people said, well the whole thing is not going to be legally binding. That's not accurate. There could be parts of it - the transparency, the accountability, the further down the road - I mean, there are different things.

All of that has yet to be decided. That will be decided in Paris.

ZAKARIA: Mr. Secretary, pleasure to have you on, sir.

KERRY: Thank you.

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