Baldwin in March 2012
July 12, 1979 |
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
|Education||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
Early life and education
Lauren Brooke Baldwin was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended The Westminster Schools. At the age of 13 she attended the United States Space Camp and served as commander of her mission there. The week, she said, "was incredibly cool".
Baldwin graduated with a double bachelor's degree in journalism and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also studied at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City during her undergraduate years.
Baldwin began her career at WVIR-TV in Charlottesville, Virginia, and later became the morning anchor at WOWK-TV in the Huntington, and Charleston, West Virginia, area. She later joined WTTG in Washington, D.C., as lead reporter for the 10 p.m. newscast.
Baldwin joined CNN and HLN networks in 2008. She was a contributor on Rick's List, hosted by Rick Sanchez, from the show's inception in January 2010. When Sanchez was fired in October 2010 for making what some believed were antisemitic remarks, Baldwin filled in for him, eventually taking the time slot permanently. She now anchors CNN Newsroom from 2 to 4pm ET on weekdays. She hosts a weekly segment during her newscast hours known as #MusicMonday (named after the Twitter trend) profiling various musicians. Baldwin hosted the central time countdown from Nashville, Tennessee, as part of CNN's 2011 New Year's Eve coverage.
Baldwin received criticism during the 2015 Baltimore riots when she suggested that veterans were responsible for the unrest, saying soldiers who become police officers "are coming back from war, they don’t know the communities, and they’re ready to do battle." Baldwin initially pushed back the criticism, claiming she was just repeating something a city official had told her. She later apologized via Twitter and on-air the next day.
Baldwin became an unwitting internet meme after discussing the 2014 celebrity photo hack with CNN technology analyst Brett Larson. Baldwin erroneously speculated that the popular imageboard website 4chan was an individual person by asking Larson "Who is this 4Chan?". The clip went viral on YouTube, and animated gif images of Baldwin asking the question became a popular internet meme.
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- "Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Co-Host CNN's New Years Eve Celebration" (Press release). CNN. December 16, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2012.
- http://news.yahoo.com/brooke-baldwin-cnn-veterans-baltimore-riots-134249771.html #BoycottCNN
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- "The Fappening / Celebgate - Who is this 4chan person?". Know Your Meme. Retrieved 23 February 2015.