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Meet the Speakers of CNN

For a comprehensive breakdown of the biggest stories making headlines today, book one of our popular and recognizable CNN correspondents, analysts, or anchors. These high-profile, household-name journalists and speakers focus on everything from politics to national security to healthcare.
Jake Tapper CNN Speaker

Jake Tapper

Award-Winning Journalist: Anchor and Chief White House Correspondent, CNN

Jake Tapper, CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent, joined the network in January 2013. His one-hour weekday program The Lead with Jake Tapper debuted in March 2013. The program seeks to examine and advance stories that demonstrate Tapper's own curiosities and interests with headlines from around the country and the globe, from politics to money, and sports to popular culture.

Candy Crowley CNN Speaker

Candy Crowley

Award-Winning Journalist and Former Chief Political Correspondent for CNN

Candy Crowley is CNN’s former award-winning, nonpartisan chief political correspondent and anchor of the Sunday morning talk show State of the Union with Candy Crowley. The Los Angeles Times called her “no-nonsense” and a “straight shooter,” characterizing her career as “sophisticated political observation, graceful writing, and determined fairness.” She was also the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in two decades. With years of experience, insider knowledge, and access to the day’s top newsmakers, she shares insights on the current state of politics and today’s headlines.

Anderson Cooper CNN Speaker

Anderson Cooper

Journalist and TV Personality

Anderson Cooper is an Emmy award-winning American journalist, author, and television personality. The anchor of the CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°, he has reported from all over the world on the major news stories of the last two decades. He is also the author of New York Times best-selling Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters and Survival. Audiences appreciate his insider's perspective on current events, international affairs, politics, and the unconventional but significant stories that are often overlooked.

 

Ron Brownstein CNN Speaker

Ron Brownstein

Journalist, Historian, and Political Observer

Ron Brownstein is political director of Atlantic Media Company, editorial director and columnist of the National Journal, and senior political and election analyst for CNN and ABC. He provides an insider’s look into politics and the media and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and addresses politics, health care, energy, and the press' impact on Americans. Brownstein is the author of six best-selling books, and his articles on politics, public policy, and culture have appeared in myriad publications.

Ana Navarro CNN Speaker

Ana Navarro

CNN Political Analyst and GOP Strategist

Ana Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español. Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful,” saying, “with confidants Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio she is poised to play a big role in the GOP response to immigration reform and Hispanic outreach.” Respected on both sides of the aisle for her straight shooting and candor, Navarro frequently appears in the media, sought after by Meet the Press, Bill Maher’s Real Time, Anderson Cooper 360, and The View. She is in touch with the political issues people are talking about, and in presentations, she discusses the latest hot button issues in politics, giving audiences an insider’s view of the upcoming elections and a roadmap for where the country is headed.

Stephanie Cutter CNN Speaker

Stephanie Cutter

Political Strategist, Former Deputy Senior Advisor to President Obama, and CNN Political Commentator

Stephanie Cutter is one of the most-trusted voices of the Democratic Party. At the center of every major policy and political debate of the last 20 years, she offers an enlightening look at the current state of politics told through insider stories with today’s top lawmakers. GQ named her one of the “50 Most Powerful People in Washington,” and from the halls of Congress to the campaign trail and from the West Wing to the C-Suite, she is one of the foremost experts at weaving together political strategies to create a narrative that resonates with voters.

Peter Bergen CNN Speaker

Peter Bergen

CNN National Security Analyst and Best-Selling Author of Manhunt

One of the foremost authorities on national security and foreign policy, Peter Bergen is CNN’s most senior security analyst and has more than 20 years experience reporting from the world’s hot spots. He has written three New York Times best-selling books, including Manhunt, which was turned into an Emmy-winning documentary. He is best known as one of the few people to interview Osama bin Laden face-to-face. Always putting himself where the action is, Bergen is a compelling and knowledgeable speaker on what’s going on in the world’s hot spots.

Peter Beinart CNN Speaker

Peter Beinart

Political Commentator at CNN and Associate Professor of Journalism & Political Science at City University of New York

One of America’s most highly regarded commentators on American politics and foreign policy, Peter Beinart addresses national politics, foreign policy, the future of liberalism, and our nation’s relationship with Israel. A political commentator for CNN, contributor to the Atlantic and National Journal, and senior columnist for Haaretz, he is known for his articulate and edgy political analysis. He has written three books and is currently the associate professor of journalism and political science at The City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

Bill Weir CNN Speaker

Bill Weir

CNN Anchor & Host of "The Wonder List with Bill Weir"

Bill Weir joined CNN in November 2013 as anchor and reporter after a decade of distinctive broadcast journalism at ABC News. In early 2015, he debuted "The Wonder List with Bill Weir", a primetime CNN Original Series shot by acclaimed filmmaker, Philip Bloom. As host and executive producer, Weir travels all over the world in search of unique people, places, cultures, and creatures on the brink of seismic change. After helping to launch the weekend edition of "Good Morning America" in 2004, Weir became co-anchor of "Nightline" in 2010 while his reporting was featured on "World News with Diane Sawyer", "Good Morning America", "20/20", and his own Yahoo! News digitial series, "This Could Be Big". 

Bakari Sellers CNN Speaker

Bakari Sellers

CNN Political Analyst and Former Representative from South Carolina

One of America’s youngest African-American elected officials and a rising voice for the Democratic party, Bakari Sellers is a CNN political contributor. He breaks down the day’s top issues and offers candid commentary on the present political landscape. Addressing issues such as immigration, trade, and national security, Sellers analyzes the effect of the Trump Administration’s various policy positions on our country’s future. An extremely articulate and passionate speaker, Sellers uses personal stories to illustrate lessons learned or not learned affecting today’s headlines, and leaves audiences both informed and uplifted.

James Clapper CNN Speaker

James Clapper

CNN National Security Analyst and Former Director of National Intelligence

Jim Clapper is one of the finest intelligence minds of the 21st century. From 2010 until 2017, he served as the fourth-ever DNI, the nation’s top intelligence official and the principal intelligence advisor to the President. A CNN National Security Analyst, he believes America is facing a more diverse array of challenges and crises globally than it has in recent history. Clapper looks at today’s rapidly-changing threats including cyber, counterintelligence, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, transnational organized crime, economics, natural resources, and human security.

Lisa Monaco CNN Speaker

Lisa Monaco

CNN Senior National Security Analyst and Former United States Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor

From the FBI to the Situation Room at the White House, Monaco has been at the forefront of our nation’s response to homeland security crises for the last decade. Sharing stories from her time in the Oval Office and the Situation Room, she lays out the current state of homeland security challenges—including the growing cyber threat—in clear terms. She looks at the issues and players keeping the intelligence community up at night, and discusses what it all means and the appropriate American and international response.

Matt Lewis CNN Speaker

Matt Lewis

CNN Contributor and Author of Too Dumb to Fail

Matt Lewis is a Senior Contributor at The Daily Caller, a CNN Political Commentator, and the author ofToo Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (And How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots). He also serves as a contributing editor for The Week, and a regular columnist for The Daily Beast, RollCall, and The Telegraph.

 

 

Mark Preston CNN Speaker

Mark Preston

Executive Editor, CNN Politics

Mark Preston is the executive editor of CNN Politics and an on-air analyst for the network. He joined CNN as political editor in 2005 and has been central to its coverage of every political event since, and his relationships in the political world are among the strongest in journalism. He played a key role in the network’s Emmy award-winning election nights in 2006 and 2012, as well as CNN’s Peabody award-winning campaign coverage in 2008. For his expertise, Preston has also appeared on C-SPAN, Fox, ABC, NPR, and many other top outlets. He addresses politics and elections.

Nadia Bilchik CNN Speaker

Nadia Bilchik

News Anchor & Communications Expert

Nadia Bilchik is a well-known television news anchor, keynote speaker, trainer and communications consultant on several continents. She has anchored for the CNN Airport Network, and was the main anchor and special assignment reporter for MNET Television, the leading network in South Africa . She has also hosted various feature programs for CNN International. Nadia currently hosts a weekly business segment on CNN International’s “Inside Africa” and  is a voice talent for CNNI.

Elizabeth Cohen CNN Speaker

Elizabeth Cohen, MPH

CNN Senior Medical Correspondent

Elizabeth Cohen is senior medical correspondent for CNN’s Health, Medical and Wellness unit. Her signature digital column the Empowered Patient keeps consumers informed on how to ensure the best medical care for themselves and their families. In her speeches she gives crucial advice on getting the best health care possible in an imperfect system, balancing family and career, and analyzes health care reform.

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Max Foster


CNN Anchor and Correspondent, Leadership Commentator

Max Foster plays a pivotal role in CNN’s international coverage, often anchoring live from the scene of major breaking news and landmark events. He led programming on multiple European terror attacks, the Brexit referendum and marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle. His flexible, approachable style has made him one of CNN’s most popular international faces.In his book It’s All About Clout, Max draws on his privileged access to the world’s most prominent people to assess how they gained their clout and what readers can do to develop theirs.