Hadas Gold

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Hadas Gold
Hadas Gold (2017)
Gold at Web Summit 2017
BornFebruary 25, 1988 (1988-02-25) (age 35)
Tel Aviv, Israel
EducationBA in journalism and MA in media studies and public affairs
Alma materGeorge Washington University
SpouseChristopher Alex Hooton

Hadas Gold (born February 25, 1988) is an American media and business reporter for CNN and CNN International based in Jerusalem.[1]


Early life[edit]

Gold was born to a Jewish family[2][3] in Tel Aviv, Israel,[4] the daughter of Daphna and Yoram Gold.[5] Her father is an Israeli Defense Forces veteran and project manager for a drug company; her mother is a Hebrew teacher.[5][6] She moved to Scottsdale, Arizona when she was 3 and is a 2006 graduate of Desert Mountain High School.[7] She graduated with a B.A. in journalism and a M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University.[4] During school, she worked as a news and feature editor at The GW Hatchet where she received awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and the Associated College Press.[4] In 2011, she was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Pulitzer Center.[8]


Gold interned at 60 Minutes, Politifact, and with Cox Newspapers before working as a freelance producer with Colombian TV network NTN 24 and then at Politico as a media reporter[4] where she led the "On The Media" blog[2] and covered the 2016 presidential campaign.[9] She left Politico after five years to work for CNN as their politics, media and global business reporter.[4] In 2017, Gold was named one of the "most influential media reporters" by Mediaite.[4] She currently sits on the National Council for the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.

In October 2016, Gold was targeted with anti-Semitic threats, tweets and emails, including threats against her life. Other prominent Jewish journalists also received similar threats at the time, including Jake Tapper of CNN; Jeffrey Goldberg; editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, Jonathan Weisman of the New York Times; and Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire.[2][10][11] Gold's employer at the time Politico, reported the threats to police. Gold states that: "I don’t want to say it’s something you just have to deal with, but the internet is both wonderful and not wonderful. You have to kind of take the good with the bad and react appropriately when it does seem serious."[7]

On May 27, 2018, Gold retweeted an Arizona Republic article[12] of migrant children being held at an ICE detention facility, including photos of them in cages. The article was first tweeted by numerous other journalists and public figures following President Donald Trump's new policy of taking children away from parents who are caught unlawfully crossing the Mexican border into the United States including New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein, Shaun King, Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, activist Linda Sarsour, and former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Gold subsequently deleted her tweet writing "Deleted previous tweet because gave impression of recent photos (they’re from 2014)" after it emerged that the article was from 2014 during the administration of President Barack Obama.[13][14][15] Trump tied it into his immigration agenda tweeting: "Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages. They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires. Dems must agree to Wall and new Border Protection for good of country...Bipartisan Bill!."[16][non-primary source needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 2017, she married economist Christopher Alex Hooton in Scottsdale.[5][17]


  1. ^ "CNN Profiles - Hadas Gold - Jerusalem Correspondent". CNN. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Marcy, Oster (October 19, 2016). "Politico Editor Hadas Gold Gets Vicious Threats from Donald Trump Backer". Jewish Daily Forward.
  3. ^ "Jewish reporter targeted with anti-Semitic tweets from Trump supporter". Jewish Telegraph Agency. October 18, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "CNN Profiles: Hadas Gold". CNN. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Hadas Gold, Christopher Hooton". The New York Times. April 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Gelbart, Debra (June 1, 2017). "Locals remember the Six-Day War". Jewish Arizona.
  7. ^ a b Bowlings, Joshua (September 14, 2017). "Hadas Gold, a Scottsdale-raised political reporter, joins CNN". The Arizona Republic.
  8. ^ "Hadas Gold". Pulitzer Center. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "Media Coverage of 2016 Campaign". C-SPAN.org. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Lizza, Ryan (October 19, 2016). "Twitter's Anti-Semitism Problem". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  11. ^ Hasan, Mehdi (January 11, 2017). "Anti-Semitism on the political right – UpFront". Al Jazeera.
  12. ^ "First peek: Immigrant children flood detention center". The Arizona Republic.
  13. ^ Oppenheim, Maya (May 29, 2018). "Trump lashes out as Obama-era photos of immigrant children in steel cages linked to current administration". The Independent.
  14. ^ Flood, Brian (May 29, 2018). "Embarrassment for New York Times as top editor falls for old photo amid weekend of misleading anti-Trump tweets". Fox News Channel.
  15. ^ Gold, Hadas (May 27, 2018). "Deleted previous tweet because gave impression of recent photos (they're from 2014)". Twitter.
  16. ^ Trump, Donald John [@realDonaldTrump] (May 29, 2018). "Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama's term showing children from the Border in steel cages. They thought it was recent pictures to make us look bad, but backfires. Dems must agree to Wall and new Border Protection for good of country...Bipartisan Bill!" (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 29, 2018 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "Weekend Weddings – Pool Report from Hadas Gold and Chris Hooton's wedding". Politico. April 3, 2017. Surrounded by family and friends from more than a dozen countries, Chris and Hadas exchanged vows they wrote themselves during a ceremony that blended Hadas and Chris' Jewish, Irish, and Slovakian heritages

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