Poppy Harlow
Anchor, "CNN Newsroom Weekend" & CNN Correspondent
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Poppy Harlow is an Emmy nominated journalist and the anchor of CNN Newsroom Weekend, which airs Saturdays from 3-6pm ET and 7-8pm ET, and Sundays from 5-8pm ET. Based in New York City, Poppy Harlow is also a correspondent for CNN covering breaking news, as well as reporting features and investigative stories. Harlow covers major international business events including the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Annual meeting, and Fortune’s Brainstorm Summits. She has interviewed the heads of the world’s largest banks, Warren Buffett, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Jay-Z, and countless other luminaries. She also focuses her reporting on women leaders in business for CNN International’s Leading Women series.

Harlow’s reporting has won numerous industry awards, including the Gracie Award for Best online investigative feature on financial fraud, and SABEW’s Best in Business award for online video. She was nominated for an Emmy in 2015 for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting.


Poppy brings her segment “American Opportunity” to the stage in a captivating lecture about social issues such as income equality across race, gender and economic class. She tells stories from behind the scenes on her interviews with the world’s top CEOs and disruption in business.

In a separate college program, Poppy discusses with students her story of becoming a journalist. Previously set on being a lawyer, she received straight A’s but did not get accepted to her top law schools choices. But that was a blessing in disguise – as she would soon find out. She had worked in news while in college and quickly moved up the ranks, being hired on-air at CNN at age 25. She will host a workshop with students to develop their reporting, interviewing, and on-camera skills.

Poppy also brings her extensive interview experience to the stage as a moderator, having facilitated panels that include The World Economic Forum, the Microsoft CEO Summit, and the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.


Previously, Poppy was the anchor for CNNMoney.com, serving as the primary host for the site’s video network, as well as a business correspondent on CNN, CNN International and HLN, covering business and economic news and how it impacts policy and people around the globe. She interviews prominent business leaders, policymakers, small business owners and consumers on a wide range of topics.

She is a regular speaker at industry events, donates her time to developing emerging high school and collegiate journalists, and works as a mentor through the Boys & Girls Club and sits on the board of directors of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club in New York City.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Harlow graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Columbia University.

Speech Topics

  • The New Face of Business with Poppy Harlow
    Poppy also brings her extensive interview experience and knowledge with Fortune 500 CEOs to the podium in her keynote address focused on the new face of business. As a millennial she has a unique perspective on what the top CEOs are more focused now than ever before -- social causes, which are often far outside their core business. From issues surrounding race, to gay rights to guns – why are CEOs going out on a limb to address these issues and what does it mean for their business? Poppy delves into this topic with examples from her interviews with the leading executives including: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Warren Buffett, Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, and Richard Branson.
  • Journalism: Lessons from the Field with Poppy Harlow
    In a separate program for colleges, Poppy discusses with students her story of becoming a journalist. Previously set on being a lawyer, she received straight A’s at Columbia University but was not accepted to her top law school choices. Never having thought of a plan-B, Poppy started working in news and quickly moved up the ranks. She will speak with students about her career path and also host a workshop with students to develop their reporting, interviewing, and on-camera skills.
  • Panel Moderating
    Poppy has extensive experience moderating panels of CEOs and other business leaders around the world from The World Economic Forum to the Microsoft CEO Summit to the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. Poppy uses her interviewing expertise on stage for engaging and exciting panel discussions.
  • American Opportunity with Poppy Harlow
    Poppy has a weekly “American Opportunity” segment on her CNN show – and online on CNNMoney.com. It delves into the income inequality debate – and is focused on the solutions and changemakers who are helping those who need it most. She focuses on solutions rather than the partisan divide on the issue – and highlights what is working and who is really creating change for the better.
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