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Brian Stelter
Stelter in 2024
Brian Patrick Stelter

(1985-09-03) September 3, 1985 (age 38)
EducationTowson University (BA)
Occupation(s)News anchor, journalist
Years active2005–present
Jamie Shupak
(m. 2014)

Brian Patrick Stelter (born September 3, 1985) is an American journalist best known as the former chief media correspondent for CNN and host of the CNN program Reliable Sources, roles he held from 2013 to 2022. Stelter is also a former media reporter for The New York Times and editor of TVNewser.

Early life and education[edit]

Stelter was born on September 3, 1985,[1] in Damascus, Maryland, the son of Donna and Mark Stelter.[2] He attended Damascus High School, graduating in 2003,[3] followed by Towson University where he served as editor-in-chief of The Towerlight from 2005 to 2007. While still a student, he created TVNewser, a blog about television and cable news which he later sold to Mediabistro and became a part of the Adweek blog network.[4]


After graduating from college in May 2007, Stelter joined The New York Times as a media reporter at 22, making him one of the youngest staff members at the time.[5]

In November 2013, he became the new host of CNN's Reliable Sources and also a senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide.[6][7] On August 18, 2022, CNN canceled Reliable Sources. Stelter departed the network after its final episode on August 21.[8] The cancellation was one of a number of cost-cutting moves at CNN, and its parent, Warner Bros. Discovery.[9] Stelter criticized the network's decision to cancel the show, stating "It's not partisan to stand up for decency and democracy and dialogue."[10]

In September 2022, Stelter joined the Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School.[11]

Stelter is a producer on the Apple TV+ series The Morning Show, which is inspired by his first book Top of the Morning.[12] He also executive produced the HBO documentary After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News.[12]

On January 17, 2023, Stelter hosted a panel on "The Clear and Present Danger of Disinformation" at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Stelter in 2009

Stelter was raised Methodist, and is now nonreligious.[14] Stelter dated CNBC anchor Nicole Lapin in 2011.[15] He stated he had to inform his editor of the relationship, and he agreed not to cover CNBC while they were dating.[16]

On February 22, 2014, he married Jamie Shupak,[17] a traffic anchor for NY1.[18][19] The couple married in a Jewish ceremony, and are raising their children in Shupak's Jewish faith.[14] They live in Manhattan, New York City.[20]



  1. ^ Politico Staff (September 3, 2018). "BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Brian Stelter, host of CNN's 'Reliable Sources' and senior media correspondent". Politico. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "Jamie Shupak, Brian Stelter". The New York Times. February 23, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Singer-Bart, Susan (June 9, 2010). "Damascus High grads: Farewell, for now". Gazette.net. Archived from the original on April 19, 2016. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  4. ^ Stelter, Brian (January 13, 2019). "How a Cable News Blog Turned Into a Top Source for the Highs and Lows of Broadcast Media". AdWeek. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  5. ^ Sklar, Rachel (March 28, 2008). "Stelter To New York Times, Leaves TVNewser Behind". HuffPost. Retrieved June 22, 2020.
  6. ^ "CNN Names Brian Stelter Host of Reliable Sources and Senior Media Correspondent". cnnpressroom.com (Press release). Atlanta, Georgia: CNN. November 12, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2018.
  7. ^ McMurry, Evan (November 12, 2013). "CNN Hires New York Times Media Reporter Brian Stelter (UPDATED)". Mediaite. New York City: Abrams Media. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Folkenflik, David (August 18, 2022). "Brian Stelter to depart CNN as it cancels 'Reliable Sources' media show". NPR. Retrieved August 18, 2022.
  9. ^ Johnson, Ted; Patten, Dominic (August 19, 2022). "CNN Boss Chris Licht Warns Anxious Staffers Over "More Changes" After Axing Of 'Reliable Sources' And Exit Of Brian Stelter". Deadline. Retrieved August 21, 2022.
  10. ^ Bauder, David. "Brian Stelter signs off at CNN's 'Reliable Sources': 'It's not partisan to stand up' for democracy". USA TODAY. Retrieved August 24, 2022.
  11. ^ "Brian Stelter Joins Shorenstein Center as Fall 2022 Walter Shorenstein Media & Democracy Fellow" (Press release). Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. September 12, 2022. Retrieved September 13, 2022.
  12. ^ a b Brian Stelter (About the author), Simon and Schuster
  13. ^ Darcy, Oliver (January 18, 2023). "Davos conspiracy theories used to live on fringe corners of the internet. Now they've gone mainstream". CNN Business. Retrieved January 18, 2023.
  14. ^ a b Shupak, Jamie (February 19, 2014). "Planning an Interfaith Wedding Ceremony: How One Bride Did It". brides.com. Archived from the original on March 6, 2015.
  15. ^ Nolan, Hamilton (June 15, 2011). "NYT Media Reporter Is Dating CNBC Anchor". Gawker. Archived from the original on July 18, 2015.
  16. ^ Carlson, Nicholas (June 15, 2011). "POWER COUPLE: CNBC's Nicole Lapin And The New York Times's Brian Stelter". Business Insider. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  17. ^ Miller, Jason (February 24, 2014). "A Hashtag on a Jewish Wedding Kippah". jewishtechs.com. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  18. ^ Weisman, Aly (February 16, 2012). "A (Valentine's) Day In The Life: Jamie Shupak, NY1 Traffic Anchor And Dating Columnist". businessinsider.com. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  19. ^ Shupak, Jamie (September 22, 2011). "Getting Around Town With Jamie Shupak: One Year Later, Diary of a Newly Single Woman, Part II". complex.com. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  20. ^ Schulz, Dana (January 16, 2018). "My 700sqft: News anchors Jamie and Brian Stelter open up their 'sunny' Lincoln Square home". 6sqft.

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