October 6th, 2014
03:33 PM ET



“ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME” kicks off Sunday, October 12th, with a two-hour primetime special airing Tuesday, October 21st at 9 pm ET

Storytelling is at the core of what CNN does, and in a week-long series beginning Sunday, October 12th, thirteen of the network’s prominent hosts and anchors set out on a journey to find their ROOTS. A project one-year in the making, these journalists embark on an emotional journey across continents as they discover never-before-known details of their family histories.

ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME will kick-off on Sunday, October 12th at 9 pm ET with a special episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown and will air across the network throughout the week, culminating in a two-hour special on Tuesday, October 21st at 9 pm ET. The following is the broadcast schedule for ROOTS:

SUNDAY 10/12
Anthony Bourdain – (9 pm ET) This investigation into the puzzling history of the Bourdain’s great, great, great, grandfather, Paraguayan émigré Jean Bourdain, serves as a springboard to his first tour of this South American country. In Paraguay, Bourdain explores both jungle and desert land, a rich culture, and savory local dishes that include Bife Koygua, Bori Bori, and Sopa Paraguaya.

MONDAY 10/13
Michaela Pereira – (6am ET on New Day) Michaela Pereira’s adoption journey began when she was very young—just three-months-old in Canada. Although she “hit the jackpot” with her adoptive family, she also knows that much of what you see in front of you—the color of her skin, the curl of her hair—comes from her biological parents. After a brief search years ago led to closed doors, Michaela embarks on her roots journey again—this time not in pursuit of her birth parents, but for the place that her ancestors came from—in St. James Parish, Jamaica.

Anderson Cooper – (8pm ET on AC360) Many people know Anderson Cooper as having come from one of America’s most famous families – the Vanderbilts. But growing up, Anderson was always drawn to the southern roots of his father, Wyatt Cooper. Anderson travels to Mississippi where his father grew up and discovers ties between the poor farming family and the rich Vanderbilts that existed before his parents ever met. FULL POST

September 17th, 2014
11:16 AM ET

Man kidnapped by ISIS with Steven Sotloff tells CNN U.S. government never interviewed him about abduction

In a report that first aired on Erin Burnett OutFront Tuesday, CNN's Karl Penhaul (@karlpenhaul) talks to Yosef Abobaker about the ISIS fighters who abducted him and American journalist Steven Sotloff in Syria in August 2013. Abobaker, who was working as Sotloff's fixer, was eventually released while Sotloff remained in captivity until his beheading  earlier this month.

When asked whether U.S. officials tried to interview him about their abduction, Abobaker says nobody reached out to him to discuss his experience.

"Nobody tried to contact me and I tried to help. Nobody come to me and ask me any questions from the (U.S.) government...Nobody contact me or ask me about their conditions. And they can find me – it's easy. But no, nobody tried to contact me."


Topics: Erin Burnett • ISIS • Karl Penhaul • Syria
January 8th, 2014
03:32 PM ET

Susie Xu Named Executive Producer of “Erin Burnett Outfront”

erin-burnett-outfront-3Wil Surratt Joins Development Group as Executive Producer

CNN announced today that Susie Xu has been named Executive Producer of Erin Burnett OutFront.  She has been the senior broadcast producer on the program since 2011.  Xu is an award-winning 13 year veteran of CNN where she has worked at the network’s New York, Washington DC and Beijing bureaus.

Wil Surratt, the show’s current executive producer, will join Amy Entelis' group as Executive Producer of Program Development. Surratt will create and develop new projects with a focus on CNN primetime.

Erin Burnett who is currently out on maternity leave is scheduled to return on Monday, January 27.


September 3rd, 2013
10:30 PM ET

Rand Paul to Erin Burnett: "Our goal is stalemate" in Syria

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on "Erin Burnett OutFront" to discuss the administration's presentation to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on military action in Syria.

In the meeting, Secretary of State John Kerry's asserted that Bashar al-Assad will use chemical weapons again if the United States doesn't take action. Sen. Rand told Burnett, "Well, he sounds like he must be a clairvoyant because he can predict the future now and we should ask him for stock picks, who name it, who will win the Kentucky derby next year if he can guarantee the future. No one can guarantee the future."

On whether or not he will hurt the presidency, if he votes 'no' on military action, Sen. Paul said, "I take my responsibility very seriously and I'm not too concerned about the president's public relations. I am concerned, though, about young men and young women who serve in our military. And I vote as if it's my son or your son going to war. I can't send them to war to fight for stalemate. I can't send them to war with no clear military objective and I can't send anybody to war when our goal is not victory. Our goal is stalemate."

"Erin Burnett OutFront" airs weekdays at 7 p.m. ET on CNN.

May 1st, 2013
12:12 PM ET

Nada Bakos, Seth Jones discuss terror watch lists with CNN's Erin Burnett

In the wake of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, CNN's Erin Burnett discussed the nation's process of developing, vetting, and utilizing terror watch lists.  Burnett spoke with Seth Jones of the Rand Corporation and former CIA officer Nada Bakos.

Bakos is also featured in the HBO documentary Manhunt which debuts Wednesday, May 1 at 9:00pm ET.  Manhunt is based upon the best-selling book by CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen, Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad (2012), and features the riveting tales from the actual CIA insiders who led the search for Osama bin Laden.

Erin Burnett Outfront airs nightly on CNN at 7:00pm and 11:00pm ET.


April 23rd, 2013
02:08 PM ET

CNN's David Mattingly reports how a pressure cooker bomb works for Erin Burnett OutFront

On the trail of reporting more details about how the pressure cooker bombs that exploded near the finish line of last week's Boston Marathon worked, CNN's David Mattingly traveled to New Mexico for an Erin Burnett OutFront investigation to meet with Van Romero of New Mexico Tech.  Romero's team replicated a bomb designed to be similar to the two that exploded in Boston.

Even before seeing the white smoke, Mattingtly reporting feeling the shockwaves emitted from the blast over a quarter mile away – faster than the speed of sound.  It would have been likely that survivors and victims in Boston were injured before they ever heard the explosions.  In addition, the flying hot shrapnel from the device strewed out radially in the form of thousands of weapons that would have been destructive to flesh and tissue.

Romero also had an additional warning for first responders: "unexploded ordinance...parts of the bomb that didn't explode ...that could go off at any time."

ERIN BURNETT OutFront airs weeknights at 7:00pm ET.


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
CNNCoverage: Carnival Triumph Cruise Ship Arrival
February 14th, 2013
11:06 AM ET

CNNCoverage: Carnival Triumph Cruise Ship Arrival

The squalid, smelly, steamy cruise ship, which has been without power for days with 4,000 people aboard, is expected to finally limp into port later today.  CNN’s Erin Burnett will anchor Erin Burnett OutFront from Mobile, Alabama, where the ship will dock.  Sandra Endo cover the ship’s arrival by helicopter; Victor Blackwell monitors by boat; and David Mattingly and Martin Savidge report from the dock in Mobile. CNN.com/live and the CNN apps will live stream the docking. CNN International will simulcast the arrival later tonight.

Image of Victor Blackwell on 41 foot boat following the arrival of the ship

Image of David Mattingly at the port in Mobile, AL where the passengers will disembark

Image of Martin Savidge at the port in Mobile, AL where the passengers will disembark

Image of Sandra Endo from a helicopter flying over the cruise ship.

Exclusive CNN VIDEO: Cell phone video from passenger Megan Clemons-Foxall taken early Sunday morning when the fire started on Carnival’s Triumph. : http://on.cnn.com/UkueNp

VIDEO: Carnival passenger Slyvester Davis tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer she asked her farther, “Since this was a botched graduation gift can we get another one – possibly a flight or a road trip?”  http://on.cnn.com/UkubBf

Vessel nears port
January 23rd, 2013
09:14 PM ET

Sen. Ron Johnson: "stunned” at the Secretary Clinton's response to release of sole suspect detained in Benghazi attacks

Tonight on OutFront, CNN’s Erin Burnett spoke exclusively with Ron Johnson, a tea party backed Wisconsin Republican serving his first term, about his questioning of Secretary Hillary Clinton at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.  Johnson persistently questioned Clinton on Wednesday morning about what he described as Rice "purposely misleading" the American people.  Johnson said he was “surprised by Secretary Clinton's reaction to that because it was a pretty simple question.” 

Johnson also told Burnett he was “stunned” at the Secretary’s response to the release of the sole suspect detained in the Benghazi attacks,” you know, they said they were going to, you know, take these guys and they're going to, you know, punish the people, but they don't be - you know, they don't appear to really be pursuing that very aggressively.” 

Topics: CNN • Erin Burnett • Erin Burnett OutFront
January 16th, 2013
09:36 PM ET

"Mali is the first victim of Libya," says Rep. Mike Rogers

Tonight on OutFront, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) weighed in on the conflict in Mali and said the administration needs an 'overarching' plan for the region.

Topics: CNN • Erin Burnett • Erin Burnett OutFront
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