August 5th, 2013
07:29 AM ET

Zoraida Sambolin returns to "Early Start" after double mastectomy

Early Start Anchor Zoraida Sambolin returned to CNN after being diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing a double mastectomy. She shared about her experience going through the process with her children.

Later in the show, CNN gave her a warm welcome back.

July 19th, 2013
10:07 AM ET

CNN's Zoraida Sambolin speaks about breast cancer post surgery

Zoraida Sambolin, anchor of Early Start, documented her journey so far with breast cancer including the double mastectomy surgery, and spoke to New Day about her experience and next steps. Sambolin said that her prognosis is "excellent" and cancer "has been a blessing."

"When you go back and you look at that and you see your son and you see the suffering that my whole family went through, it's kind of difficult," Sambolin said.

"The road is great. I'm in the middle of reconstruction right now. And that's going really well," Sambolin added. "You know, I've got some decisions to make whether or not I'll go on tamoxifin, it’s an invasive cancer on the left side, so I’ve got to really do a little bit more research and figure out whether that's the next step for me."

May 10th, 2013
06:29 PM ET

"Escape from Captivity" – A CNN Special on Cleveland Kidnappings

CNN is set to air a new special “Escape from Captivity” that uncovers this week's dramatic events surrounding three freed women, who were kidnapped for years by former school bus driver Ariel Castro.

The half-hour special details the interviews with relatives of the victims, takes a look at the alleged kidnapper behind it all, and gives an up to date look at what’s been discovered about this house of horrors and the victims’ time inside.

CNN Anchors Zoraida Sambolin reports from Cleveland and John Berman from New York.

“Escape from Captivity” airs on Saturday, May 11th at 7:30pm ET and re-airs at 11:30pm ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • John Berman • Zoraida Sambolin
February 14th, 2013
07:49 AM ET

Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend shot dead

Police have taken Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius into custody after the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp at South African home.

26-year-old Pistorius was the first double amputee to participate in the Olympics.

Topics: Breaking News • CNN • Early Start • John Berman • Zoraida Sambolin
January 23rd, 2013
10:21 AM ET

Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood talk racy new film at Sundance

CNN Anchor Zoraida Sambolin asks actors Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood about the criticism over the sexual content in their new film "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" that premiered at Sundance. LaBeouf calls the charges "ridiculous."

Wood says, “No, it's not on the verge of pornography at all. You know, it’s love making. These are two people that are in love."

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

October 25th, 2012
08:52 AM ET

Sneak peek: Statue of Liberty upgrade

CNN Anchor Zoraida Sambolin gets a sneak peak at the newly renovated Statue of Liberty, which includes accessibility upgrades for the disabled and other improvements.

The $30 million renovation took one year and is set to open to the public this Sunday.

Sambolin was one of the first to visit the site along with two wounded warriors, including Kirk Bauer, who lost his leg in Vietnam, and Jesse Acosta, whose suffered injuries to his hip from a roadside bomb in Iraq.

Early Start with John Berman & Zoraida Sambolin airs weekday mornings from 5-7am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • Early Start • Zoraida Sambolin
September 12th, 2012
08:41 AM ET

CNN's Elise Labott reports on the life of Ambassador Stevens

CNN's Elise Labott reports on the life of Chris Stevens, U.S. ambassador to Libya, who was killed in a rocket attack in Benghazi.

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Topics: Breaking News • CNN • Early Start • Zoraida Sambolin
September 10th, 2012
09:50 AM ET

Ravens linebacker on MD delegate attempt to censor gay marriage support: Thank you

Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo joins Starting Point to discuss his support for marriage equality and his reaction to Maryland Delegate Emmett Burns, Jr.’s initial attempt to silence him.

Ayanbadejo says, “I merely see it as an equality issue. There’s a time women didn’t have equal rights, African Americans didn’t have equal rights. So now it’s the LGBT community that doesn’t have equal rights as the rest of the 90% of America…. We have to treat everybody equal. Two people love each other, we shouldn’t be able to tell them who they’re allowed to marry and who they’re not allowed to marry.”

When CNN’s Ali Velshi asks him how he feels about Burns’ attempt at censorship, Ayanbadejo responds, “Well, more than anything, I’d have to thank him for bringing national recognition to the cause…. Luckily it’s starting here in Maryland. And [there are] four other states voting on this in November for marriage equality. And he really just made it a national issue and now it’s on the front pages of all the papers and all the media. If he wouldn’t have [written] his letter, then I don’t think we would’ve received this type of attention.”

When Panelist and former Clinton Advisor Richard Socarides asks about what the response has been from other players, he answers, “Whereas 95% of the people were against it (in 2009), it now seems like 95% of the people are for it.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • Starting Point • Zoraida Sambolin
August 29th, 2012
08:08 AM ET

Plaquemines Parish president: Worse than "worst case scenario"

Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser gives update on levee overtopping from Hurricane Isaac, which could lead to significant flooding.

Nungresser says, “Well, the levees are topping in several locations. We’re trying to get the few people who have stayed beyond, out…. We’ve got a serious situation over there.”

He continues, “Not only did we see the worst case scenario, it got worse than that by this storm just stalling…. So the levees can only take so much. We actually we were in the process of raising the those levees prior to this event.”

CNN Anchor Zoraida Sambolin asks, “Raising it as part of the billions of dollars that were spent on the levees or raising it because of this impending storm?”

Nungresser responds, “This is a levee that is a Parish levee that was left out of the federal system. So we were spending Parish money to raise it to give them a fighting chance. We just needed a couple more years without a major storm and it doesn’t look like we got that.”

Topics: Breaking News • CNN • Early Start • Zoraida Sambolin
August 16th, 2012
08:28 AM ET

National Organization for Marriage rep.: Labeling FRC a hate group is "totally irresponsible;" shooting "makes this clear"

National Organization for Marriage's Brian Brown says that the Family Research Council shooting was “politically motivated” and labeling the organization a hate group is “totally irresponsible.”

Brown says, “All the indications from multiple sources that were there, say the shooter actually came in and started attacking the policies of the Family Research Council.”

He continues, “Everything points to the fact that this was politically motivated…. Groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center which has labeled the Family Research Council, which is a mainstream group, a hate group. That sort of talk… is totally irresponsible and unacceptable and I think this incident makes that clear.”

Early Start with John Berman & Zoraida Sambolin airs weekday mornings from 5-7a ET on CNN.

Topics: CNN • Early Start • Zoraida Sambolin
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