CNN Heroes

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CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
CNN Heroes logo.svg
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 7
Executive producer(s) Kelly Flynn 2006 - present, Joel Gallen 2007 - 2010, Ian Stewart & Hamish Hamilton 2011 - present
Running time 120 minutes per episode
Original channel CNN
Original run December 6, 2007 – present

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute is the award-winning annual television special created by CNN to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid and make a real difference in their communities. Hosted by Anderson Cooper, it launched in 2007 and continues now, with the tribute show aired at the end of the year.

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute is the culmination of the year-round CNN Heroes campaign, airing across the worldwide networks of CNN including: CNN, CNN International, CNN en Espanol, HLN, and New heroes are introduced weekly on air and online.

The Top 10 are selected and introduced every Fall and voting begins online at for the CNN Hero of the Year. All 10 are honored on CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, each receiving $50,000 with the CNN Hero of the Year receiving an additional $250,000 to continue their amazing work. The Top 10 CNN Heroes are all introduced by celebrities who are active in charity work, and their spirit is celebrated via musical performances and special segments.

In 2012, CNN Heroes was a recipient of a Peabody Award at the George Foster Peabody Awards for the 2011 campaign and show. CNN Heroes has also been nominated for the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, and is the winner of 3 Gracies.

2012 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012 (in alphabetical order):[1]

2011 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011 (in alphabetical order):[2]

2010 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010 (in alphabetical order):

Also all of the 33 Chilean Miners came on the show to be honored after the 2010 Copiapó mining accident before awards were given out to the list of heroes shown above. Kareem Taylor is the promotional voice for the commercial campaign leading up to the show.

2009 Heroes[edit]

The Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009 were (in alphabetical order):

2008 Heroes[edit]

The Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2008 were (in alphabetical order):

2007 Heroes[edit]

The 18 CNN Heroes finalists for 2007 were (in alphabetical order):

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CNN. "Top 10 CNN heroes for 2012 Selected". Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  2. ^ "An awards show unlike any other -". CNN. December 10, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  3. ^ "'Mother Robin' wins CNN Hero of the Year -". CNN. 27 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "CNN Heroes 2010". CNN. 
  5. ^ "Efren Peñaflorida Wins CNN Hero Of The Year 2009". Huffington Post. 22 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "CNN Heroes gallery final round 2007". CNN. November 26, 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 

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