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CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
CNN Heroes logo.svg
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons11
Executive producer(s)
Running time120 minutes
Original networkCNN
Original releaseDecember 6, 2007 –

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute is a television special created by CNN to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid and make a difference in their communities. The program was started in 2007. As of 2018 the program was hosted by Anderson Cooper. Nominees are introduced during the fall of each year and the audience is encouraged to vote online for the CNN Hero of the Year. Ten recipients are honored and each receive USD$50,000 ($25,000 in 2014). The top recipient is chosen as the CNN Hero of the Year and receives an additional USD$250,000 ($100,000 in 2014) to continue their work. During the broadcast celebrating their achievements, the honorees are introduced by celebrities who actively support their charity work.[1] To celebrate the 10th anniversary, the 2016 edition had an additional segment where five previous Hero of the Year winners were chosen as candidates for the Superhero of the Year award, which was decided with an online poll.[2]


In 2017, the program received a News & Documentary Emmy Award for its 2016 10th Annual show. In 2012, the program received a Peabody Award for its 2011 campaign and show. CNN Heroes has also been nominated for the News & Documentary Emmy Awards and is the winner of 3 Gracies.

2018 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2018:[3]

  • Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin
  • Maria Rose Belding
  • Amanda Boxtel
  • Rob Gore
  • Luke Mickelson
  • Susan Munsey
  • Florence Phillips
  • Ricardo Pun-Chong: 2018 CNN Hero of the Year
  • Ellen Stackable
  • Chris Stout

2017 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2017:[4]

  • Stan Hays
  • Samir Lakhani
  • Jennifer Maddox
  • Rosie Mashale
  • Andrew Manzi
  • Leslie Morissette
  • Mona Patel
  • Khali Sweeney
  • Aaron Valencia
  • Amy Wright: 2017 CNN Hero of the year

2016 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2016:[5]

  • Jeison Aristizábal of Cali, Colombia: 2016 CNN Hero of the year[6]
  • Craig Dodson, United States
  • Sherri Franklin, United States
  • Brad Ludden, United States
  • Luma Mufleh, United States
  • Georgie Smith, United States
  • Umra Omar, Kenya
  • Sheldon Smith, United States
  • Becca Stevens, United States
  • Harry Swimmer, United States
  • Pushpa Basnet, of Kathmandu, Nepal: 2016 CNN Super Hero of the year [7]

2015 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2015:[8]

  • Maggie Doyne, of New Jersey, United States: 2015 CNN Hero of the year
  • Jim Withers, United States
  • Monique Pool, of Suriname
  • Richard Joyner, United States
  • Sean Gobin, United States
  • Bhagwati Agrawal, India
  • Kim Carter, United States
  • Rochelle Ripley, United States
  • Jody Farley-Berens
  • Daniel Ivankovich, United States

2014 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2014 (in alphabetical order):[1]

  • Arthur Bloom of the United States
  • Jon Burns of the United Kingdom
  • Pen Farthing of the United Kingdom: 2014 CNN Hero of the year
  • Elimelech Goldberg of the United States
  • Leela Hazzah of Kenya
  • Patricia Kelly of the United States
  • Annette March-Grier of the United States
  • Ned Norton of the United States
  • Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes of Guatemala
  • Dr. Wendy Ross of the United States

The 3 Young Wonders of 2014 (in alphabetical order):[9]

  • Lily Born
  • Maria Keller, Read Indeed,
  • Joshua Williams, Joshua's Heart

2013 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2013 (in alphabetical order):[10]

  • Dale Beatty, co-founder of Purple Heart Homes
  • George Bwelle
  • Robin Emmons
  • Danielle Gletow, founder of One Simple Wish
  • Tawanda Jones
  • Richard Nares
  • Kakenya Ntaiya
  • Chad Pregracke of the USA: 2013 CNN Hero of the year[11]
  • Estella Pyfrom, creator of "Estalla's Brilliant Bus"
  • Laura Stachel

2012 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012 (in alphabetical order):[12]

The 3 Young Wonders of 2012 (in alphabetical order):[9]

  • Cassandra Lin
  • Will Lourcey
  • Jessica Rees

2011 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011 (in alphabetical order):[13]

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. ^ a b CNN. "Pen Farthing is 2014's CNN Hero of the Year". Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  2. ^ CNN, Drew Kann. "Who will become the CNN SuperHero?". CNN. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  3. ^ "Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2018 revealed". Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  4. ^ "Meet the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2017". Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  5. ^ "CNN Hero of the Year winner: 'God chose me to help'". Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  6. ^ CNN, Melonyce McAfee. "CNN Hero of the Year winner: 'God chose me to help'". CNN. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  7. ^ "The CNN SuperHero is ..." Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  8. ^ "2015 CNN Hero of the Year Maggie Doyne helps women, children in Nepal". Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  9. ^ a b CNN. "'Young Wonders' stepped up, changed the world". Retrieved 2014-12-08.
  10. ^ "And the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2013 are ..." Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  11. ^ [1]/
  12. ^ CNN. "Top 10 CNN heroes for 2012 Selected". Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  13. ^ "An awards show unlike any other -". CNN. December 10, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  14. ^ "'Mother Robin' wins CNN Hero of the Year -". CNN. 27 December 2011.
  15. ^ "CNN Heroes 2010". CNN.
  16. ^ "Efren Peñaflorida Wins CNN Hero Of The Year 2009". Huffington Post. 22 November 2009.
  17. ^ "CNN Heroes gallery final round 2007". CNN. November 26, 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2011.

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