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Chris Cuomo
Chris Cuomo at 2016 Democratic National Convention.jpg
Cuomo in 2016
Born Christopher Charles Cuomo
(1970-08-09) August 9, 1970 (age 48)
New York City, U.S.
Education The Albany Academy
Alma mater Yale University (BA)
Fordham University (JD)
Occupation Television journalist
Cristina Greeven (m. 2001)
Children 3
Parent(s) Mario Cuomo
Relatives Andrew Cuomo (brother)
Margaret I. Cuomo (sister)

Christopher Charles Cuomo (born August 9, 1970) is an American television journalist. He currently works at CNN,[1][2] where he presents Cuomo Prime Time, a regular weeknight CNN show. He has previously been the ABC News chief law and justice correspondent and the co-anchor for ABC's 20/20.[1][2][3] Before his current show, he was one of two co-anchors of the weekday edition of New Day, a three-hour morning news show, until May 24, 2018.[4]

Early life and education

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

He was educated at The Albany Academy, a private university preparatory day school in Albany, New York, 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. He was a correspondent for Fox News and Fox Broadcast Network's Fox Files, where he covered a wide range of stories focusing on controversial social issues.[1][2][5] He also served as a political policy analyst for Fox News.[1][2]

At ABC and as co-anchor of 20/20, his coverage included a look at heroin addiction.[1][2][5] His year-long coverage revealed the heroin addiction affecting suburban families.[2][5] His other work has included coverage of the Haiti earthquake, child custody, bullying, and homeless teens. Policy change has come after his 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][5]

From September 2006 to December 2009, he was the news anchor for Good Morning America.[1][2][5] He was the primary reporter on breaking news stories, both in the U.S. and around the world, including dozens of assignments in some 10 countries.[2][5] 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][5] In the U.S., 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][5] He anchored morning and evening coverage.[2][5]

He 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][5] He had two weekly digital programs on ABC News, The Real Deal and Focus on Faith, that discussed matters of spirituality.[1][2][5] He also appeared with Father Edward Beck on ABC News Now, the network's 24-hour digital outlet.[1][5]

In February 2013, Cuomo moved to CNN to co-host its morning show.[1][6] 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.[7] While serving as the co-anchor of CNN's morning show New Day, it was announced that Cuomo would move to primetime to host Cuomo Primetime.[8]

In October 2017, sister network HLN premiered a new documentary series hosted by the anchor, Inside with Chris Cuomo, which focuses on "stories affecting real people, in real towns and cities across America".[9]


Cuomo has received multiple Emmy Award nominations. His 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][5]

He has been awarded Polk and Peabody Awards for team coverage. 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][5]


In 2015 Cuomo claimed on Twitter that "hate speech" is unprotected by the First Amendment, which led to some media reports stating that he was in error.[10][11][12] He later clarified that he was referring, correctly, to hate speech that falls under unprotected categories—citing the 1941 Supreme Court case Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, which excluded "fighting words" from the First Amendment protection.[13]

In 2016, he conducted what Bo Gardiner in Patheos said appeared to be atheism checks on political candidates when he was the moderator of several CNN presidential-election "town halls", a pattern that Gardiner criticized.[14]

In a 2016 CNN segment about the political fallout surrounding Hillary Clinton and the ongoing leaks of the Podesta emails, Cuomo said: "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." Some legal experts contested his assertions.[15][16]

Personal life

In 2001, Cuomo married Gotham magazine editor Cristina Greeven[2] in a Roman Catholic ceremony in Southampton, New York.[17] They reside in Manhattan with their three children.[1][2][5][18]

Cuomo also owns a home in Southampton, New York.[19]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p 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 Christopher Cuomo: Biography, Speakers Access, 2013, Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Chris Cuomo returns to primetime June 4". CNN 12 April 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018. 
  4. ^ Lindsey Ellefson (24 May 2018). "A tearful good-bye as Chris Cuomo leaves 'New Day' for 'Prime Time'". CNN. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Chris Cuomo's biography". ABC News. 2014, Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Chris Cuomo: I'm moving to CNN!". TMZ: EHM Productions, Inc. January 29, 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Grynbaum, Michael (14 March 2018). "CNN Moves Chris Cuomo to Prime Time". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 
  9. ^ Moraes, Lisa de (2017-10-17). "Chris Cuomo Anchors 'Inside' For HLN Over Five Fridays". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-10-21. 
  10. ^ "The Washington Post". Washington Post. 7 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Politifact". Politifact. 7 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Salon". Salon. 6 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "CNN's Chris Cuomo: First Amendment doesn't cover hate speech". Politifact. 7 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Gardiner, Bo (19 August 2016). "Why is CNN Asking Presidential Candidates with Undeclared Faiths If They Believe in God?". Patheos. 
  15. ^ Gershman, Jacob. "First Amendment Experts: Downloading Hacked Clinton Campaign Emails Not a Crime". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "CNN Claims It's Illegal To Download Wikileaks Emails". The Daily Caller. 17 October 2016. 
  17. ^ Tuma, Debbie; Becker, Maki (November 25, 2001). Mario's youngest son weds. New York Daily News. New York, NY: New York Daily News.
  18. ^ Shea, Danny (April 5, 2010). "Chris Cuomo, Cristina Greeven Cuomo Welcome Baby Girl Carolina". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  19. ^