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 network CNN
Original release December 6, 2007 – present

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute is an award-winning 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 2014 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]


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.

2015 Heroes[edit]

2014 Heroes[edit]

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

The 3 Young Wonders of 2014 (in alphabetical order):[2]

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

2013 Heroes[edit]

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

2012 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012 (in alphabetical order):[3]

The 3 Young Wonders of 2012 (in alphabetical order):[2]

  • Cassandra Lin
  • Will Lourcey
  • Jessica Rees

2011 Heroes[edit]

The top 10 CNN Heroes of 2011 (in alphabetical order):[4]

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. ^ a b CNN. "'Young Wonders' stepped up, changed the world". Retrieved 2014-12-08. 
  3. ^ CNN. "Top 10 CNN heroes for 2012 Selected". Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  4. ^ "An awards show unlike any other -". CNN. December 10, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  5. ^ "'Mother Robin' wins CNN Hero of the Year -". CNN. 27 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "CNN Heroes 2010". CNN. 
  7. ^ "Efren Peñaflorida Wins CNN Hero Of The Year 2009". Huffington Post. 22 November 2009. 
  8. ^ "CNN Heroes gallery final round 2007". CNN. November 26, 2007. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 

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