CNN Heroes

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CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute
CNN Heroes logo.svg
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons14
Executive producer(s)
Running time120 minutes
Original networkCNN
Original releaseDecember 6, 2007 (2007-12-06) –

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. Since 2016, the program was hosted by Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa. Honorees 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 US$10,000. The top recipient is chosen as the CNN Hero of the Year and receives an additional US$100,000 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]



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


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


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


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.


The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011 (in alphabetical order):[6]


The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012 (in alphabetical order):[8]

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

  • Cassandra Lin
  • Will Lourcey
  • Jessica Rees


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


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

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

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


The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2015:[12]

  • 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


The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2016:[13]

  • Jeison Aristizábal of Cali, Colombia: 2016 CNN Hero of the year[14]
  • 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 [15]


The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2017:[16]

  • 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


The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2018:[17]

  • 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


The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2019 each received US$10,000. The 2019 CNN Hero of the Year received an additional US$100,000. The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2019:[18]

  • Staci Alonso, Noah's Animal House (pet shelter for escaping domestic violence)
  • Najah Bazzy, Zaman International (helping women & children living in poverty)
  • Woody Faircloth,
  • Freweini Mebrahtu, 2019 CNN Hero of the Year, Dignity Period (helping Ethiopian girls stay in school)
  • Mark Meyers
  • Richard Miles
  • Roger Montoya
  • Mary Robinson
  • Afroz Shah
  • Zach Wigal

The 4 Young Wonders of 2019 (in alphabetical order):[19]

  • Jemima Browning, Tadcaster Stingrays
  • Grace Callwood, We Cancerve Movement
  • Bradley Ferguson, Post Crashers
  • Jahkil Jackson, Project I Am


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.

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  1. ^ a b CNN. "Pen Farthing is 2014's CNN Hero of the Year". Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  2. ^ Drew Kann. "Who will become the CNN SuperHero?". CNN. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  3. ^ "CNN Heroes gallery final round 2007". CNN. November 26, 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Efren Peñaflorida Wins CNN Hero Of The Year 2009". Huffington Post. 22 November 2009.
  5. ^ "CNN Heroes 2010". CNN.
  6. ^ "An awards show unlike any other -". CNN. December 10, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  7. ^ "'Mother Robin' wins CNN Hero of the Year -". CNN. 27 December 2011.
  8. ^ CNN. "Top 10 CNN heroes for 2012 Selected". Retrieved 2012-09-21.
  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. ^ Almond, Kyle. "Rivers' garbageman named CNN Hero of the Year". CNN. Retrieved Nov 2, 2020.
  12. ^ "2015 CNN Hero of the Year Maggie Doyne helps women, children in Nepal". Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  13. ^ "CNN Hero of the Year winner: 'God chose me to help'". Retrieved 2016-11-12.
  14. ^ Melonyce McAfee. "CNN Hero of the Year winner: 'God chose me to help'". CNN. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  15. ^ "The CNN SuperHero is ..." Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  16. ^ "Meet the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2017". Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  17. ^ "Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2018 revealed". Retrieved 2018-11-18.
  18. ^ "CNN honors 10 men and women for making the world a better place". Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  19. ^ Escobedo, Tricia (December 6, 2019). "If you think Gen Z is entitled and lazy, you haven't met these four kids". CNN Heroes. CNN. Archived from the original on December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 17, 2019.

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