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

Katharine Julia "Poppy" Harlow (born May 2, 1982 in Saint Paul, Minnesota) is a journalist, best known for her reporting at CNN and Forbes.com. She is anchor of CNN Newsroom on Saturdays (3-6pm & 7-8pm) and Sundays (5-8pm). 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 grew up outside the Twin Cities, Minnesota, area. She attended the Blake School, where she graduated cum laude in 2001. Harlow then attended Columbia University where she was Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude in 2005, with a degree in political science.[1]

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.

Career at 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 has interviewed leading business figures including Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. She covers events such as the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and South by Southwest.

Harlow has won the Gracie Award for best online investigative program or feature and SABEW's Best in Business award.[2]


In 2013, while reporting on the conviction of two Steubenville, Ohio, high school football players for the rape of a sixteen-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.[3][4][5] 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.[6]


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