Kaitlan Collins

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Kaitlan Collins
Born (1992-04-07) April 7, 1992 (age 27)
EducationPrattville High School
Alma materUniversity of Alabama
Years active2014–present
WebsiteKaitlan Collins on Twitter Edit this at Wikidata

Kaitlan Collins (born April 7, 1992)[1] is an American journalist. She is a White House Correspondent for CNN.[2] Previously, Collins served as the White House Correspondent for the website The Daily Caller.[3]

Youth and education[edit]

Collins graduated from Prattville High School in Prattville, Alabama and went on to attend the University of Alabama.[4]

On October 2018, Collins apologized for her use of anti-gay slurs on Twitter while in college, seven years earlier.[5][6]


After graduating from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science in May 2014, Collins moved to Washington. In June 2014, Collins was hired by The Daily Caller as an entertainment reporter; she became the website's White House correspondent in January 2017.[7] In 2017, Collins joined CNN as a White House correspondent.[2] She has traveled with President Trump to at least half a dozen countries.[8]

Dispute with the White House[edit]

In July 2018, Collins was barred from a Trump administration press conference in the White House Rose Garden.[9] Collins said that she was barred from the event after asking Trump questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen in the Oval Office. Collins said she was told by senior White House officials that such questions were "inappropriate for that venue."[10] Trump's press secretary Sarah Sanders asserted that Collins "shouted questions and refused to leave,"[10] while Trump's advisor Kellyanne Conway said that the action was about "being polite."[11] Trump's deputy chief of staff for communications, Bill Shine, objected to the characterization of the White House's action as a "ban" but "declined to tell reporters what word he would use to characterize the White House’s decision to block her from attending the event."[11]

CNN stated that the ban on Collins was "retaliatory" and "not indicative of an open and free press." The White House Correspondents Association called the ban "wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak."[10][11] Jay Wallace, president of Fox News, issued a statement in support of Collins, saying that his organization "[stood] in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press."[10]


In 2018, Collins was Mediaite's number 50 Most Influential person in News Media amongst news figures such as Jake Tapper, Trevor Noah, and Rachel Maddow.[12] Collins was named to Crain's NewsPro's 12 to Watch in TV News in January of 2019.[13] She was also named one of Forbes magazine's 30 under 30: Media in 2019.[14]


  1. ^ "Kaitlan Collins Wikipedia, Bio, FOX News, Age, Daily Caller, Education". Marathi.TV. 2017-05-30. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  2. ^ a b "Kaitlan Collins Joins CNN from The Daily Caller". www.adweek.com. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  3. ^ "The Daily Caller". The Daily Caller. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  4. ^ Ivana Hrynkiw, CNN's Kaitlan Collins apologizes for tweets from her University of Alabama days, AL.com (October 8, 2018).
  5. ^ Fearnow, Benjamin (October 8, 2018). "CNN Reporter Who Tweeted She Didn't Want Lesbian Roommate, Said Homophobic Slur, Apologizes". Newsweek.
  6. ^ Riotta, Chris (October 8, 2018). "CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins 'regrets' tweeting anti-gay slurs in college". The Independent.
  7. ^ "Kaitlan Collins Joins CNN from The Daily Caller". www.adweek.com. Retrieved 2018-08-04.
  8. ^ "Kaitlan Collins official Biography at the CNN site". www.cnn.com. Retrieved 2018-07-27.
  9. ^ Matt Richardson (July 25, 2018). "CNN correspondent blocked from White House press event". Fox News.
  10. ^ a b c d "Kaitlan Collins: Row over CNN reporter's White House ban". BBC News. July 26, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c Jordyn Phelps (July 26, 2018). "White House disputes that CNN's Kaitlan Collins was 'banned'". ABC News.
  12. ^ "Mediaite's Most Influential in News Media 2018 - Part 3". Mediaite.com. 2018-12-06. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  13. ^ Crain News Pro. January 2019. p. 11.
  14. ^ "30 Under 30 2019: Media". Forbes.com. 2018-11-13. Retrieved 2019-07-05.

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