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Poppy Harlow

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Poppy Harlow
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Harlow in 2016
Katharine Julia Harlow

(1982-05-02) May 2, 1982 (age 39)
EducationThe Blake School
Alma materColumbia University (BA)
OccupationAnchor, CNN Newsroom
Notable credit(s)
Spouse(s)Sinisa Babcic

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

Early life

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

Harlow graduated from The Blake School, a private co-educational college preparatory school in Minneapolis, in 2001.[5] She then graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science[5] and Middle Eastern studies.[4] Harlow's nickname “Poppy” is a childhood nickname that stuck.[6]


Harlow in 2018

After interning at CBS while in college, Harlow continued working for CBS MarketWatch and as an assistant producer for CBS Newspath after graduation. She then became an anchor and reporter for NY1 News' Local Edition. While at NY1, her 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 Video Network, where her area of coverage expanded to fashion, entertainment and business topics.

Harlow joined CNN in 2008 and served as the anchor for and reported for CNN, CNN International and HLN. She was named a New York-based CNN correspondent in April 2012. She has won the Gracie Award for best online investigative program or feature and SABEW's Best in Business award.[7]

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 ... [Ma'lik Richmond] collapsed [and told his attorney,] 'My life is over. No one is going to want me now.'"[8][9] This apparent expression of sympathy for the rapists provoked widespread criticism.[10] 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.[11]

Harlow also 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.[12]

Beginning on February 6, 2017, Harlow and Jim Sciutto took over as the new co-anchors of CNN Newsroom from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. every morning due to Carol Costello's move to HLN.

Personal life

Harlow is married to Sinisa Babcic.[13] The couple have two children; a daughter born in April 2016[14][15] and a son born in February 2018.[16]


  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). Archived from the original on July 15, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "U.S. Public Records Index". Minnesota Birth Index. Family Search. 2002. Archived from the original on January 30, 2016. 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. Archived from the original on January 21, 2017. 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". Minneapolis: Blake School. Archived from the original on April 16, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "A Voice with Heart".
  7. ^ "CNN Programs - Anchors/Reporters - Poppy Harlow".
  8. ^ Edwards, David. "CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined 'promising' lives of Steubenville rapists". Raw Story. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  9. ^ Ortberg, Mallory. "CNN Reports On The 'Promising Future' of the Steubenville Rapists, Who Are 'Very Good Students'". Gawker. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  10. ^ Davidson, Amy. "Life After the Steubenville Rape Trial: Are the Defendants' Lives Truly Over?". The New Yorker.
  11. ^ Estes, Adam Clarke (March 19, 2013). "At Least 200,000 People Want CNN to Apologize for Its Sympathetic Steubenville Coverage". The Atlantic Wire.
  12. ^ Puente, Maria. "Pregnant CNN anchor Poppy Harlow passes out on air in middle of report". USA Today. Archived from the original on April 26, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Leon, Anya (April 15, 2016). "Poppy Harlow Welcomes Daughter Sienna". People. 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "It's a Boy! Poppy Harlow Welcomes Son Luca James: 'An Incredible Blessing'". 7 February 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2020.

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