Poppy Harlow

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Poppy Harlow
Born Katharine Julia Harlow
(1982-05-02) May 2, 1982 (age 34)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Education Blake School, Minneapolis
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Anchor, CNN Newsroom (Weekend evenings)
Notable credit(s) CNN
CNNMoney.com
Forbes
Spouse(s) Sinisa Babcic
Children 1

Katharine Julia "Poppy" Harlow[1] (born May 2, 1982)[2][3] is an American journalist, best known for her reporting at CNN and Forbes.com. She is a weekend anchor of CNN Newsroom, and is based out of CNN's New York news bureau. She was previously a business correspondent at CNN, CNN International and HLN, an anchor for CNNMoney.com, and a Forbes.com Video Network anchor, reporter and producer. She is also a weekday relief presenter for CNN's New Day early morning news program.

Early life[edit]

Harlow was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[4] Her father, an attorney, James Lee Harlow,[2] died when she was 15,[1] and her mother is Mary Louise Baird.[2]

Education[edit]

Harlow was educated at Blake School, a private co-educational college preparatory school in Minneapolis, from which she graduated in 2001,[5] followed by Columbia University, from which she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in Political Science,[5] and Middle Eastern studies.[4]

Early career[edit]

After interning at CBS while still in college, Harlow continued working for CBS MarketWatch and as an assistant producer for CBS Newspath after graduation. Harlow then became an anchor and reporter for NY1 News' Local Edition. While at NY1, Harlow's news beat covered Staten Island and New Jersey, including reports on local politics, the economy, and local cultural events.

In September 2007, Harlow was hired by Forbes.com Video Network, where her area of coverage expanded to fashion, entertainment and business topics.

CNN[edit]

Harlow was named a New York-based CNN correspondent in April 2012. She joined CNN in 2008 and served as the anchor for CNNMoney.com and reported for CNN, CNN International and HLN. Harlow fills in for Richard Quest on CNN International.[citation needed]

On December 28, 2015, Harlow passed out briefly while live on the air from the anchor desk. She soon reappeared on air and said she had gotten a little hot and was fine. She later tweeted from the hospital that she and her unborn daughter were well.[6]

Controversy[edit]

In 2013, while reporting on the conviction of two Steubenville, Ohio, high school football players for the rape of a 16-year-old, Harlow stated that it was "Incredibly difficult, even for an outsider like me, to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures, star football players, very good students, literally watched as they believed their lives fell apart ... when that sentence came down, [Ma'lik] collapsed in the arms of his attorney. ... He said to him, 'My life is over. No one is going to want me now.'" This apparent expression of sympathy for the rapists provoked widespread criticism.[7][8][9] A petition requesting that CNN apologize on the air for sympathizing with the Steubenville rapists received over 250,000 signatures within two days of CNN's report.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Harlow is married to Sinisa Babcic.[11] She announced in November 2015 they were expecting their first child, a girl.[11] Their daughter Sienna was born on April 11, 2016.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Flood, Brian (March 20, 2015). "Things Didn't Go As Planned for CNN's Poppy Harlow, But She Couldn't Be Happier". TVNewser (AdWeek). Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Minnesota Birth Index (2002). "U.S. Public Records Index". Family Search. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ Saad, Nardine (December 28, 2015). "CNN's pregnant Poppy Harlow doing 'just fine' after anchor passed out on air". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 28, 2015. The 33-year-old... 
  4. ^ a b "Poppy Harlow: Media Relations Specialist". Leverage Agency. Archived from the original on August 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "2014–15 Breakfast at Blake Speakers". Blake School, Minneapolis. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Puente, Maria. "Pregnant CNN anchor Poppy Harlow passes out on air in middle of report". USA Today. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  7. ^ Edwards, David. "CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined 'promising' lives of Steubenville rapists". Raw Story. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Ortberg, Mallory. "CNN Reports On The 'Promising Future' of the Steubenville Rapists, Who Are 'Very Good Students'". Gawker. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Davidson, Amy. "Life After the Steubenville Rape Trial: Are the Defendants' Lives Truly Over?". The New Yorker. 
  10. ^ Estes, Adam Clarke (March 19, 2013). "At Least 200,000 People Want CNN to Apologize for Its Sympathetic Steubenville Coverage". The Atlantic Wire. 
  11. ^ a b Flood, Brian (November 24, 2015). "CNN's Poppy Harlow Is Expecting First Child". TVNewser (AdWeek). Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ Leon, Anya (April 15, 2016). "Poppy Harlow Welcomes Daughter Sienna". People. Time Inc. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2016. The CNN news anchor welcomed her first child, daughter Sienna, with husband Sinisa Babcic on Monday, April 11 (her due date!), she announced on social media. 
  13. ^ Harlow, Poppy (April 11, 2016). "Sinisa & I are thrilled to welcome our daughter Sienna into the world! She was born right on her due date...". Verified Twitter account. Archived from the original on April 17, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2016. 

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