January 12th, 2014
09:31 AM ET

Ex-NBA Player Charles Smith to CNN: We absolutely did not get paid by North Korea.

In an exclusive live interview from Beijing, ex-NBA player Charles Smith talked with CNN's New Day Weekend anchors Victor Blackwell (@VictorCNN) and Christi Paul (@Christi_Paul) about the controversial "basketball diplomacy" trip to North Korea he took with Dennis Rodman and other former NBA players.

Below are excerpts from the interview.  FULL POST

Rodman teammate Smith: North Korea didn't pay us
January 12th, 2014
07:49 AM ET

NJ Democrat lawmaker on traffic scandal: 'I do think laws have been broken'

In a Saturday interview on New Day Weekend with Victor Blackwell (@VictorCNN) and Christi Paul (@Christi_Paul), New Jersey State Assemblyman John Wisniewski tells CNN, "I do think laws have been broken. Public resources - the bridge. police offices - all were used for political purpose, for some type of retribution, and that violates the law.

NJ Democrat lawmaker on traffic scandal: 'I do think laws have been broken'
January 6th, 2014
09:20 AM ET

Christine Romans Joins John Berman as Co-Anchor of CNN’s “Early Start”

Christine Romans Joins John Berman as Co-Anchor of CNN’s “Early Start”

Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul Named Co-Anchors of “New Day Weekend”

CNN today made two announcements about its morning programming lineup.

Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans has been named co-anchor of CNN’s early morning program, “Early Start.” She will join co-anchor John Berman on the program, which airs weekdays from 5-6 a.m. ET. Romans will continue in her capacity as the network’s chief business reporter and anchor of CNN’s business programs.

“Given the audience’s interest in business news as the day begins, and markets across the globe have been open for hours, Christine will add a great dimension to the program that starts CNN’s programming day,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide. “Plus, Christine’s fantastic rapport with John makes this a dynamic team for America to wake up to.” FULL POST

November 22nd, 2013
02:42 PM ET

AC360: Victor Blackwell reports – Video Evidence in Kendrick Johnson Tapes "Altered"

There are new questions about video evidence in the death of Kendrick Johnson. He is the 17-year old from Georgia whose body was found inside a rolled-up wrestling mat in his high school's gym. Authorities ruled the case an accident, but Kendrick parents have always believed their son was murdered. There are serious questions about sloppy forensic work and the poor treatment of Johnson's remains.

Doubts deepened after CNN obtained hundreds of hours of surveillance video from the school.

CNN’s Victor Blackwell has more on what this video says and what it doesn't say about Kendrick Johnson's death.


Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper • Victor Blackwell
October 31st, 2013
01:32 PM ET

CNN Reports: Feds to Conduct Formal Review of Gym Mat Death

Federal prosecutors will conduct formal review of death of Kendrick Johnson, Georgia teen found dead inside rolled-up gym mat.

The announcement comes a day after a judge granted the family and CNN access to surveillance images and investigative files related to the case, which the Lowndes County sheriff's office had declared accidental.

CNN has been reporting on the case for months, uncovering new details of the teen's death and raising questions about the sheriff's office handling of the case.

Among other things, CNN obtained death-scene imagery that led outside exerts to question the official explanation that Kendrick had suffocated reaching for a sneaker.

Federal prosecutor will look into Kendrick Johnson case

Topics: CNN • Victor Blackwell
October 9th, 2013
11:45 AM ET

AC360 Video Exclusive: CNN's Victor Blackwell with info on Kendrick Johnson case

Kendrick Johnson was a high school student in Georgia. His body was found upside down in a rolled up wrestling mat in the school gym last January. Investigators ruled his death an accident, but his parents believe someone killed their son and the truth is being hidden. The circumstances surrounding Kendrick's death are more than strange. Now, his family is demanding answers.

CNN’s Victor Blackwell has exclusive new information on the case – death scene imagery obtained exclusively by CNN has led a former FBI agent to question how the three-sport athlete, died.


Topics: AC360 • Anderson Cooper • Victor Blackwell
September 7th, 2013
12:15 PM ET

Exclusive: Christopher Boyce Talks about Selling U.S. Secrets to Soviets in the 1970s

Former spy, fugitive and convicted traitor, Christopher Boyce sold U.S. secrets to the former Soviet Union and dodged U.S. authorities for almost two years until his arrest in 1977 at the age of just 22.  As President Obama and President Putin meet at the G-20 and in the wake of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Boyce sits down for an exclusive interview with CNN's Victor Blackwell.  Boyce tells CNN that he was 'glad' that Snowden released information about the NSA surveillance program.  He added, "I certainly  burnt my fingers doing it, but I was certainly moved to do it by what I watched on the twixes, the encrypted twixes about our intervention in Australian domestic politics. But I think you're right, I was looking at windmills, and in the process, destroyed 25 years of my life.

 

Topics: CNN • Victor Blackwell
CNN coverage: deadly Oklahoma tornado
May 20th, 2013
11:30 PM ET

CNN coverage: deadly Oklahoma tornado

Rescue workers raced against time and the oncoming night Monday looking for survivors after a powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City, leveling homes and killing at least 51 people.

CNN's coverage includes correspondents George Howell, Nick Valencia and Gary Tuchman already in the Oklahoma City area, with Chad Myers and Indra Petersons contributing from CNN's Severe Weather Center in Atlanta.  Chris Cuomo, John Berman, Jake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Sanjay Gupta, Pam Brown, Stephanie Elam, Erin McPike, Brian Todd,  Ed Lavandera, Kyung Lah and John King will report and broadcast from the Oklahoma City area.  Gustavo Valdes and Fernando del Rincon report from Oklahoma for CNN en Espanol.

CNN.com will be updating the breaking news blog www.cnn.com/thisjustin.

Two-mile-wide tornado kills at least 51 -- including 7 elementary school students
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