On June 12, 2016, forty nine people were murdered and dozens more injured at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It was one of the worst mass shootings in United States history. The attack left 49 families grieving, as well as survivors and first responders reeling from the horrors they witnessed. In the year since, many of those touched most deeply by this tragedy have found purpose in their pain and turned their grief into action.
In a moving one hour special, Anderson Cooper returns to Orlando and revisits this painful chapter of American history. Cooper helps tell the stories of what happened that night, and what has happened since in the lives of a number of people touched by the tragedy, including Christine Leinonen, mother of Christopher Andrew Leinonen, who was killed that night, as well as survivor Angel Colon, first responder, police officer Omar Delgado, and Pulse owner Barbara Poma.
"This was the deadliest terror attack in the United States since September 11th, and sickening assault on the LGBT community," said Cooper. " We wanted to remember the lives lost, and reconnect with many of those we first met one year ago."
The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub, a CNN Special Report will air Friday, June 30th, at 10pm ET.
In addition to the TV airings, The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub will also stream live for subscribers on June 30th via CNNgo (at www.CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Samsung TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The Pulse of Orlando: Terror at the Nightclub will also be available the day after the premiere (July 1) on demand via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.
The 2016 presidential election rewrote the rules. It was historic, divisive, confounding and at almost every turn defied prediction. Clinton was the first female presidential nominee determined to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling, winning the popular vote but losing the election. Trump, a billionaire businessman and former reality TV star, promised to fix Washington and won the coveted office.
With two comprehensive one-hour specials, CNN goes behind the scenes for an unmatched look inside the race:
AC 360° Special Report UNPRECEDENTED: Inside the Trump Campaign (Thursday, Nov 17, 9pmET) – In a roundtable discussion with Anderson Cooper, CNN correspondents provide accounts from the campaign trail of what they saw and heard behind-the-scenes. Chief political correspondent Dana Bash, senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, national correspondent Sunlen Serfaty, political reporter Sara Murray, and CNN politics reporter Jeremy Diamond take viewers inside the campaign that the polls underestimated.
AC 360° Special Report UNPRECEDENTED: Inside the Clinton Campaign
(Friday, Nov 18, 9pmET) – Anderson Cooper and CNN correspondents discuss their experience covering the Clinton campaign. Senior political correspondent Brianna Keilar, senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny, senior Washington correspondent Joe Johns, national political reporter Maeve Reston and national politics reporter MJ Lee followed the embattled former first lady and New York senator as she fought to make history.
CNN Worldwide was awarded with four Emmy ® Awards at the 37th Annual News and Documentary Awards held last night in New York. CNN’s diverse recognitions include:
Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
Anderson Cooper 360, Europe’s Refugee Crisis – Reports by CNN’s Arwa Damon
For months CNN’s Arwa Damon and her team followed the unprecedented wave of refugees coming to Europe, moving with them through the corridors of passage, and bringing a sense of immediacy to an unpredictable story with many lives at stake. The team showed exceptional grit and commitment, broadcasting live from all manner of transport as the refugees tried to push on through Europe to get to Germany, their preferred destination. The team’s endurance and skill was best illustrated by their race through cornfields with fleeing refugees, after the migrants broke out of a holding camp in Hungary where they were frustrated at being made to wait. The field team reacted quickly and managed to maintain a serious level of production at a fast clip. This distinctive work helped nudge European leaders to review their inconsistent immigration policies and deal urgently with the pressing needs of the refugees. FULL POST
ANDERSON COOPER 360° TOWN HALL PRESCRIPTION ADDICTION: MADE IN THE USA
WITH DR. SANJAY GUPTA, AIRS TOMORROW AT 9PM ET ON CNN
Prescription drug abuse is one of the leading causes of accidental death in America. It’s an epidemic hiding in plain sight and has been linked to many deaths, most recently music legend Prince.
In a special hour airing this Wednesday, May 11th, Anderson Cooper and CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta examine the truths behind this alarming rise in unintentional deaths and what we can do to stop it. The Town Hall audience will be comprised of people who have been effected by opioid abuse and guests will include addiction specialists, former addicts and doctors.
Anderson Cooper 360° Town Hall Prescription Addiction: Made in the USA will air tomorrow/Wednesday at 9pm ET on CNN.
COVERAGE BEGINS MONDAY MAY 2nd AT 8PM ET
On Monday, May 2nd, on the fifth anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden, CNN’s Peter Bergen sits down with President Barack Obama to talk about the bin Laden raid and the state of the war on terror five years later.
CNN has unprecedented access to the White House for this special, including never before published photos connected to the raid. Peter Bergen and President Obama will speak inside the Situation Room, where the President and his key advisors weighed their decision to order the raid, and where they waited in real time as the mission unfolded. When they heard word bin Laden was killed in action, President Obama simply said "We got him." Anderson Cooper 360° Special: "WE GOT HIM": President Obama, Bin Laden and the Future of the War on Terror.
During the hour, Bergen also speaks with key members of President Obama's inner circle on terror, including an in depth interview with the architect of the raid, Ret. Admiral William McRaven – who has rarely spoken about the raid that captured and killed the al Qaeda leader and reveals new details about the raid itself. Administration officials including National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Director of the CIA John Brennan, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, all give Bergen an inside look at the mission and the efforts it took to carry out the secret operation in Pakistan. They will also weigh in on ISIS and the war on terror.
Peter Bergen is CNN’s national security analyst who interviewed Osama bin Laden in 1997 and is a key expert on terrorism. He is the author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad" and "United States of Jihad.”
One year later, Ferguson is still pumping out arrest warrants
Loud music. Not wearing a seat belt. Speeding. A year after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown sparked a firestorm in Ferguson, Mo. the city is still pumping out thousands of new arrest warrants and jailing people over minor offenses, according to an exclusive CNNMoney investigation presented in coordination with AC360.
This practice continues despite a scathing report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) in March of 2015 that found that Ferguson's police department and municipal court were unconstitutionally targeting low-income and minority residents with tickets and fines for minor offenses - often in pursuit of revenue. But even in the wake of the DOJ report, the investigation found that Ferguson is still at it:
CNN received 14 nominations for the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, it was announced today. CNN’s diverse nominations encompass television programming, newsgathering, digital, and Spanish-language, and include:
Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
Rescue from Mt. Sinjar, reported by Elise Labott, Barbara Starr, Ivan Watson, anchor Wolf Blitzer
Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast
Anderson Cooper 360
Crisis At The VA, Veterans Dying While Waiting For Care, reported by Drew Griffin
Theme Parks Investigation, reported by Kyra Phillips
Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton on options open to Sony for releasing The Interview
Michael Lynton, chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment spoke exclusively with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. In the interview, which aired tonight on Anderson Cooper 360°, Lynton addressed President Obama’s criticism today and talked more about the recent cyber-attack on Sony which is now determined to have been launched by North Korea.
The full interview will encore on CNN at 10:00amET on Sunday, Dec. 21 on Fareed Zakaria GPS.
Anderson Cooper spoke with Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol about the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. He is currently listed in serious condition at a Dallas hospital.
When asked how she would advise him and his family, Nancy Writebol told Anderson: “Well in the first place, we would just want them to know that we’ve been praying for them and we know this is a very difficult time. I think one of the things they should know about Ebola is that, you know, you can have really good days, Anderson, and then you can have really bad days and it’s an up and down disease. And so if they’re having a really bad day, don’t give up. Because it’s very possible the next day is going turn around and look better.”
The full interview will air tonight at 8 pm on CNN’s AC360°.