Poppy Harlow

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Poppy Harlow
Born Katharine Julia Harlow
(1982-05-02) May 2, 1982 (age 33)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Anchor, CNN Newsroom (Weekend evenings)
Notable credit(s) CNN
Spouse(s) Sinisa Babcic

Katharine Julia "Poppy" Harlow[1] (born May 2, 1982)[2][3] is a journalist, best known for her reporting at CNN and Forbes.com. She is a weekend anchor of CNN Newsroom. 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.

Early life and education[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] She graduated from Columbia University, where she studied political science 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.


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.[5]


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.[6][7][8] 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.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Harlow is married to Sinisa Babcic. She announced in November 2015 they were expecting their first child, a girl.[10]


  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. ^ Puente, Maria. "Pregnant CNN anchor Poppy Harlow passes out on air in middle of report". USA Today. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  6. ^ Edwards, David. "CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined 'promising' lives of Steubenville rapists". Raw Story. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Ortberg, Mallory. "CNN Reports On The 'Promising Future' of the Steubenville Rapists, Who Are 'Very Good Students'". Gawker. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Davidson, Amy. "Life After the Steubenville Rape Trial: Are the Defendants' Lives Truly Over?". The New Yorker. 
  9. ^ Estes, Adam Clarke (March 19, 2013). "At Least 200,000 People Want CNN to Apologize for Its Sympathetic Steubenville Coverage". The Atlantic Wire. 
  10. ^ Flood, Brian (November 24, 2015). "CNN’s Poppy Harlow Is Expecting First Child". TVNewser (AdWeek). Retrieved December 28, 2015. 

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