S. E. Cupp

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S. E. Cupp
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Cupp at the 2016 Politicon
Born (1979-02-23) February 23, 1979 (age 43)
Alma mater
  • Political correspondent
  • television personality
Political partyRepublican
John Goodwin
(m. 2013)

Sarah Elizabeth Cupp (born February 23, 1979) is an American television host, political commentator, and writer. In August 2017, she began hosting S.E. Cupp: Unfiltered, a political panel show, co-hosted by Andrew Levy, on HLN and later CNN.

She is a former panelist on the CNN political debate show Crossfire, author of Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity and co-author of Why You're Wrong About the Right. She was a panelist on Real News on TheBlaze, a co-host of the MSNBC talk show The Cycle, and a frequent guest host on the Fox News late night talk show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. She is a frequent guest panelist on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Early life[edit]

Cupp was born in Oceanside, California.[1][2] While growing up, she lived in Andover, Massachusetts, and attended the Academy of Notre Dame.[3] From age six until her late teens, she studied ballet.[4] While attending ballet school, she suffered from eating disorders and experienced a relapse during her college years.[5] In 2000, Cupp graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history. While attending Cornell, she worked for The Cornell Daily Sun. In 2010, she earned a Master of Arts degree from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University with a concentration in religious studies.[6]


After graduating from Cornell, Cupp worked for an online magazine and a public relations company. She was also a contributor to Politico.com's The Arena and has been a frequent guest in the past on all three cable news channels – CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

Her writings have appeared in several publications, including The Washington Post, New York Daily News, The American Spectator, Townhall, Newsmax, Human Events, Slate, Maxim, and The Daily Caller.[7]

In 2009, Cupp was hired as a columnist at the New York Daily News.

In 2011, she was hired as a writer and commentator for Mercury Radio Arts,[8] the organization owned and operated by Glenn Beck. Shortly after being hired by Beck, Cupp was given her show, "S.E. Cupp" on the Insider Extreme broadcast found on Glennbeck.com.[9] The show was moved to GBTV (now TheBlaze TV).

On June 25, 2012, she began co-hosting The Cycle on MSNBC with political strategist Krystal Ball, pop-culture commentator Touré, and senior Salon political writer Steve Kornacki.[10] Although an atheist herself, on July 5, 2012, Cupp said on The Cycle that she "would never vote for an atheist president." When asked to explain, Cupp said she felt that a president must not represent only 10 to 15 percent of the American populace and that faith served as a "check" on presidential power.[11]

Cupp, who identifies as a Log Cabin Republican, said the Republican Party should support gay marriage.[12] She describes herself as a "mainstream conservative" but voted for Joe Biden and criticized Ron Paul's support for a non-interventionist foreign policy.[13]

In March 2013, Cupp pulled out of a CPAC appearance because of its stance on homosexuality and gay marriage, saying that she "became increasingly uncomfortable [aligning] with an event, a great event in many ways, that had nonetheless attempted to marginalize a significant group of conservatives working on our behalf."[14] She has since joined Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.[15]

CNN announced on June 26, 2013, that Cupp would join a new version of Crossfire re-launching in the fall of 2013, with panelists Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, and Van Jones.[16][timeframe?] Consequently, Cupp left MSNBC and The Cycle, following her final appearance on June 27, 2013.[17]

On March 13, 2017, CNN's sister network HLN announced that Cupp would host a new evening program, S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, in June.[18] In August 2018, the program moved to CNN as a weekly program on Saturday evenings.[19]

In 2018, Tribune Content Agency began syndicating her column, and her columns appear in the New York Daily News.[20]

On August 20, 2020, Cupp announced that she would vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election.[21][22]

In May 2022, Cupp supported upholding Roe v. Wade, stating that she is pro-life, but believes abortion should be legal.[23]

Personal life[edit]

For over twenty years, Cupp has been an atheist, but has consistently stated that she is open to theism,[24][25][26] and once said in an interview with C-SPAN, "I really aspire to be a person of faith some day."[27]

Cupp met John Goodwin, a former chief of staff to Representative Raúl Labrador, at the 2008 Republican Convention, and they began dating in 2011.[28] She and Goodwin became engaged in September 2012, and were married in November 2013.[29] She gave birth to a son, John Davies Goodwin III, in December 2014.[30] Goodwin is currently Head of Communications for The Weather Channel.[31]


  • Cupp, S. E.; Brett Joshpe (2008). Why You're Wrong about the Right: Behind the Myths. New York: Threshold Editions. ISBN 978-1-4165-6282-5.
  • Cupp, S. E. (2010). Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity. New York: Threshold Editions. ISBN 978-1-4391-7316-9.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "After Words with Corey Robin" Archived April 14, 2013, at archive.today, C-SPAN, Washington DC, October 6, 2011. Retrieved on October 27, 2005.
  2. ^ Cupp, S. E. "Italians, Blame the 'Guidos' on MTVs 'Jersey Shore'" Archived January 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Daily News, New York, December 30, 2009. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Boston Globe "Two with Mass. roots join ‘Crossfire’ revival"
  4. ^ CNN Crossfire, "S.E. Cupp on ballet and hunting", September 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Cupp, S. E. (February 10, 2014). "Opinion: 'The Biggest Loser' -- Warning from someone who's been there". CNN. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  6. ^ Finn, Robin (May 1, 2011)."S.E. Cupp Turns Nascar and Bravo Into Habits". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  7. ^ "S.E. Cupp, Columnist". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on September 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "S.E. Cupp joins GlennBeck.com". Glenn Beck. January 26, 2011.
  9. ^ "Former CNN Contributor Amy Holmes Joins Glenn Beck's GBTV".
  10. ^ Lauerman, Kerry (June 21, 2012). "Kornacki an MSNBC host, too". Salon Magazine. Salon Media Group. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  11. ^ "Atheist S.E. Cupp: 'I Would Never Vote For an Atheist President'". news.yahoo.com.
  12. ^ "S.E. Cupp Tells GOP To Get Behind Gay Marriage: 'Conservatism And Gay Rights Should Be... Natural Allies'". Mediaite. November 30, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  13. ^ "Ron Paul's scary vision for America: He'd be tyrants' best friend". Daily News. September 14, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  14. ^ "S.E. Cupp On CPAC, Gay Rights: 'I Can't Keep Doing That,' CPAC 'Dismissive And Disrespectful' To Gay Groups (VIDEO)". HuffPost. March 4, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  15. ^ "Huntsman daughters, S.E. Cupp join pro gay-marriage group". Politico. March 13, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  16. ^ "'Crossfire' coming back to CNN". CNN. June 26, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  17. ^ "S.E. Cupp Leaves 'The Cycle,' MSNBC". Huffington Post. June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  18. ^ "HLN Will Add S.E. Cupp as Host, Introduce New Original Series on Friday Nights (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. March 13, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  19. ^ Steinberg, Brian (August 9, 2018). "S.E. Cupp to Move From HLN to CNN". Variety. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  20. ^ "S.E. Cupp opinion columns". Tribune Content Agency. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  21. ^ Cupp, S. E. "S.E. Cupp: Why 'goodness' matters in this election". WacoTrib.com. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  22. ^ SE Cupp: This is enough of a reason to give Biden my vote - CNN Video, retrieved August 21, 2020
  23. ^ Cupp, S.E. (May 6, 2022). "S.E. Cupp: You don't have to be pro-choice to oppose overturning Roe". Trib Live.
  24. ^ "Q&A: S.E. Cupp", C-SPAN, Washington DC, October 19, 2009. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  25. ^ Pareene, Alex (2010-11-23) War Room's Hack Thirty – No. 21: S.E. Cupp, Salon.com
  26. ^ Cupp, S. E. (April 2010). Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity. Threshold Editions. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4391-7316-9. I am an atheist. I have been an atheist for fifteen years. ... I believe ... that Judeo-Christian values, religious tolerance, an objective press, the benevolence of Christianity, and civility and decency make for a better American democracy.
  27. ^ Q&A with S.E. Cupp, C-SPAN, October 18, 2009. YouTube.
  28. ^ Allen, Mike and Hohmann, James. "64 days to Nov. 6 – LABOR DAY EDITION: Live from Charlotte – BILL CLINTON ADVISED OBAMA AIDES TO DROP FLIP-FLOP CASE AGAINST ROMNEY – 'Obama the conventional' – Goody engaged", Politico, Washington DC, September 3, 2012. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  29. ^ Kurtz, Judy (December 10, 2013). "S.E. Cupp talks about her name, 'Duck Dynasty' and going incognito". The Hill.
  30. ^ Heil, Emily (December 4, 2014). "CNN's S.E. Cupp welcomes baby boy" – via washingtonpost.com.
  31. ^ Czarnecki, Sean (April 5, 2017). "Weather Channel Hires DC Veteran John Goodwin As Head of Comms". PRWeek.

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