Brooke Baldwin

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Brooke Baldwin
Brooke Baldwin.jpg
Baldwin in March 2012
Born Lauren Brooke Baldwin
(1979-07-12) July 12, 1979 (age 37)[1]
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Universidad Iberoamericana
Occupation News anchor

Brooke Baldwin (born July 12, 1979)[1] is an American TV news anchor. She currently hosts the show CNN Newsroom from 2pm to 4pm ET.

Early life and education[edit]

Lauren Brooke Baldwin was born in Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended The Westminster Schools, a private college preparatory school. She graduated with a double bachelor's degree in journalism and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001. She also studied at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City during her undergraduate years.[2][3]


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.[2]


Baldwin joined CNN and HLN networks in 2008.[2] She was a contributor on Rick's List, hosted by Rick Sanchez, from the show's inception in January 2010.[4] 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.[4][5] She now anchors CNN Newsroom from 2 to 4pm ET on weekdays, and is based out of CNN's New York news bureau. She hosted a weekly segment during her newscast hours known as #MusicMonday (named after the Twitter trend),[6] profiling various musicians.[7] Baldwin hosted the central time countdown from Nashville, Tennessee, as part of CNN's 2011 New Year's Eve coverage.[8]

On January 14, 2012, she hosted a half-hour special music program named Soundcheck, which featured Wilco, Mavis Staples, Mumford & Sons, Ben Sollee, and Janelle Monáe.[5]

Baldwin and Piers Morgan hosted CNN's coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee on June 3 and 5, 2012 in London.

Some people on Twitter criticized her during the 2015 Baltimore protests 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.[9]


  1. ^ a b Baldwin, Brooke (April 15, 2011). "Love the sun, hate the sun, but wear sunscreen!!". CNN. Retrieved January 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Brooke Baldwin". CNN. Retrieved May 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Kelsey Weekman (18 September 2014). "Chapel Hill, North Carolina". Atlanta Magazine. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Rick Sanchez Sidekick Brooke Baldwin Fills In for Her Fired Colleague". The Wrap. October 4, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Ricci, Benjamin (January 14, 2012). "CNN to Air Half Hour Music Show This Saturday". Performer Magazine. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Twitter #MusicMonday top songs: 30 Seconds to Mars, Rage Against the Machine". The Independent. December 15, 2009. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Scholz, Craig (September 19, 2011). "#musicmonday: Bon Iver". CNN. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Co-Host CNN's New Years Eve Celebration" (Press release). CNN. December 16, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ "CNN's Brooke Baldwin apologizes for suggesting veterans 'ready to do battle' in Baltimore". Yahoo! News. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 

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