Chris Cuomo

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Chris Cuomo
Born Christopher Charles Cuomo
(1970-08-09) August 9, 1970 (age 46)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education The Albany Academy, New York State
Alma mater Yale University
Fordham University
Occupation Television journalist
Spouse(s) Cristina Greeven Cuomo (2001–present)
Children 3
Parent(s) Mario Cuomo
Matilda Raffa Cuomo
Relatives Andrew Cuomo (brother)
Margaret I. Cuomo (sister)

Christopher Charles "Chris" Cuomo (born August 9, 1970) is an American television journalist. He currently works at CNN,[1][2] and has previously been the ABC News chief law and justice correspondent and the co-anchor for ABC's 20/20.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Cuomo was born in the New York City borough of Queens. He is the son of Mario Cuomo, the former New York Governor and the brother of Andrew Cuomo, the current Governor of New York.[2]

Cuomo was educated at The Albany Academy, a private university preparatory day school in Albany in New York State, followed by Yale University, where he obtained an undergraduate degree, and Fordham University where he obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.). He is a licensed attorney.[1][2]


Cuomo's early career in journalism included appearances related to social and political issues on CNBC, MSNBC, and CNN.[1][2][3] Cuomo was a correspondent for the Fox News Channel and Fox Broadcast Network's Fox Files, where he covered a wide range of stories focusing on controversial social issues.[1][2][3] He also served as a political policy analyst for Fox News Channel.[1][2]

At ABC and as co-anchor of 20/20, Cuomo's most recent long-form coverage includes a look at heroin addiction.[1][2][3] His year-long coverage revealed the heroin addiction affecting suburban families.[2][3] Other work has included coverage of the Haiti earthquake, child custody, bullying, and homeless teens.[1][2][3] Policy change has come after Cuomo's undercover look at for-profit school recruiters, leading to an industry clean-up; and Cuomo's tip from a BMW owner led to a recall of over 150,000 affected models.[1][2][3]

From September 2006 to December 2009, Cuomo was the news anchor for Good Morning America.[1][2][3] Cuomo was the primary reporter on breaking news stories, both at home and around the world, including dozens of assignments in some 10 countries.[2][3] He covered the war on terrorism, embedded on multiple occasions in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq[1] (where his convoy was hit by an IED).[2][3] At home, he covered shootings such as Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, and the Pennsylvania Amish school shootings, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Sago Mine collapse, and the Minneapolis bridge collapse in August 2007.[1][2][3] Cuomo anchored morning and evening coverage.[2][3]

Cuomo maintains a website, "Cuomo on the Case", where he takes questions, and which acts as a platform for his reporting and discussion on a number of issues.[2][3] Cuomo had two weekly digital programs on ABC News, The Real Deal and Focus on Faith, that discussed matters of spirituality.[1][2][3] He also appeared with Father Edward Beck on ABC News Now, the network's 24-hour digital outlet.[1][3]

In February 2013, Cuomo moved to CNN to co-host its morning show.[1][4] He made his debut on CNN as field anchor on the February 8, 2013, episode of Piers Morgan Tonight, covering the February 2013 nor'easter.[5] Cuomo is the co-anchor of CNN's morning show New Day, and continues to report on major events and breaking news across the network.[1]


Cuomo has received multiple Emmy Award nominations.[1][2][3] Notably, Cuomo's Good Morning America profile of the 12-year-old poet Mattie Stepanek was recognized with a News Emmy, making Cuomo one of the youngest correspondents to receive a News Emmy in network news history.[1][2][3]

Cuomo has been awarded Polk and Peabody Awards for team coverage.[1][2][3] His work has been recognized in the areas of breaking news, business news, and legal news, with the Edward R. Murrow Award for breaking news coverage, a Loeb Award for business reporting, and the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award for investigating juvenile justice.[1][2][3]


In 2016, Cuomo was criticized by secular and church-state separation groups and writers for systematically conducting atheism checks on political candidates as moderator of several CNN presidential election townhalls. A Roman Catholic[6] and former Christian program co-host,[7] Cuomo conducted what was characterized as an unprecedented and inappropriate violation of the spirit of the Constitution's No Religious Test Clause on four candidates for President and Vice-President: Bernie Sanders, Democratic primary challenger; Gary Johnson and William Weld, Libertarian candidates for President and Vice-President respectively, and Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate. Cuomo asked Sanders "Is there a higher power? Is there a higher intelligence?"[8] After a voter was selected to ask Gary Johnson "“Do you pray and do you believe in God?” Cuomo turned to Weld and directed the same question to him. Cuomo turned back to Johnson with "Do you go to church?" When Johnson said he did not, Cuomo demanded: “Why don’t you go to church?”[6] In the Green Party town hall, a voter was selected to ask Jill Stein “Do you currently believe in God?"[9] Bo Gardiner commented on the unusual pattern: "There absolutely are times when a candidate’s religious views are a matter of public interest. Candidates who signal that they hold specific religious beliefs that will substantially influence their decisions should be asked to explain what those beliefs are... But simply asking whether a candidate believes in God is of zero consequence to national well-being and governance. It has only one purpose and one purpose alone: to subject a candidate to religious prejudice... Underlying CNN’s religious interrogations is the inescapable fact that anti-atheist bigotry is one of the last bigotries that remains socially acceptable in America... I would add that it’s also unethical for the media – CNN, in this case – to pressure political candidates into choosing between political suicide or pandering to bigotry, when no information of national consequence is to be gained. Our constitutional ban on religious tests for public office is worth less to the non-religious than the sheepskin parchment it was written on was worth to the sheep."[10] National secular groups followed with similar expressions of concern, including the American Humanist Association,[11] Secular Coalition for America,[12] American Atheists,[13] and Center for Inquiry.[14]

In 2015 Cuomo incorrectly claimed on Twitter that "hate speech" is unprotected by the First Amendment.[15][16][17]

In a 2016 CNN segment about the political fallout surrounding Hillary Clinton and the ongoing leaks of the Podesta emails, Cuomo claimed that it’s illegal for anyone but the media to read WikiLeaks: “Also interesting is, remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents. It’s different for the media, so everything you’re learning about this, you’re learning from us.”[18] George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley objected his legal assertion as dubious, noting that possession of widely released documents is hardly grounds for prosecution. But Cuomo's political implications beeing even more concerning.[19]

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, Cuomo married Gotham magazine editor Cristina Greeven[2] in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Southampton, New York.[20]

Cuomo resides in Manhattan with his wife and their three children.[1][2][3][21]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Anchors & reporters: Chris Cuomo, CNN, Atlanta, GA: Cable News Network/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., 2013, Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Christopher Cuomo: Biography, Speakers Access, 2013, Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Chris Cuomo's biography, ABC News, 2014, Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Chris Cuomo: I'm moving to CNN!". TMZ: EHM Productions, Inc. January 29, 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Chris Cuomo debuts on CNN, field anchors amidst blizzard: "It's truly an honor to join the CNN team", CNN, Atlanta, GA: Cable News Network/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., 8 February 2013, Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Gary Johnson and William Weld - CNN Libertarian Presidential Townhall". YouTube. 24 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Vitello, Paul (11 March 2011). "A Cuomo Who Is Catholic but Hardly Theological". New York Times. 
  8. ^ "CNN Transcripts: Democratic Town Hall Event with Voters in South Carolina". CNN. 23 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "CNN's Green Party Town Hall w/ Dr. Jill Stein & Ajuma Baraka hosted by Chris Cuomo 08-17-2016". YouTube. 18 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Gardiner, Bo (19 August 2016). "Why is CNN Asking Presidential Candidates with Undeclared Faiths If They Believe in God?". Patheos. 
  11. ^ "American Humanist Association". Facebook. 19 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "Secular Coalition for America". Facebook. 19 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "American Atheists". Facebook. 19 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "Center for Inquiry". Facebook. 19 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "The Washington Post". Washington Post. 7 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Politifact". Politifact. 7 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "Salon". Salon. 6 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "CNN Claims It's Illegal To Download Wikileaks Emails". The Daily Caller. 17 October 2016. 
  19. ^ Jonathan Turley: CNN: It Is Illegal For Voters To Possess Wikileaks Material |1 October 17, 2016, accessdate: 23.10.2016
  20. ^ Tuma, Debbie; Becker, Maki (November 25, 2001). Mario's youngest son weds. New York Daily News. New York, NY: New York Daily News.
  21. ^ Shea, Danny (April 5, 2010). "Chris Cuomo, Cristina Greeven Cuomo Welcome Baby Girl Carolina". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 4, 2011.