CNN has announced that next week they will air Champions for Change, a special event that features CNN journalists working with people who are affecting change on issues close to the journalists’ hearts.
The segments will air throughout the week during individual CNN shows and then air altogether during a one hour primetime special on June 23 at 8 PM ET. The special will be hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
This is not the first time that CNN has filled time by tapping into the personal lives of CNN journalists. In 2014, CNN aired Roots: Our Journeys Home, a look at the ancestries of twelve CNN personalities.
Brooke Baldwin went to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Education Foundation in Alabama and talks to a person about working for NASA and serving as a role model for younger girls. Kate Bolduan looked into maternity care in the United States and visited Christy Turlington’s non-profit Every Mother Counts.
Wolf Blitzer looked at his mother’s struggle with dementia and looks at the latest research. Erin Burnett examined domestic violence and the work of Safe Horizon, a group that helps people get to safety.
John Berman visited the West End House in Boston, a place his great-uncles once stayed to get off the streets. Today it helps immigrant and underserved communities. Alisyn Camerota traveled to Columbia to look at the work of Operation Smile which provides surgeries to children with cleft palates.
Anderson Cooper returned to Haiti to spend the day with World Wide Orphans which helps children through education and play. Don Lemon looks at Oliver Scholars, a program that helps students in low socioeconomic neighborhoods reach their full potential.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta worked alongside Feeding America which tries to convert wasted food into food for the hungry. Bill Weir looks at how homelessness is being tackled in Manhattan.
Ana Cabrera talked to Candelighters NYC, a group that grants wishes to children dealing with cancer while Fredricka Whitfield looked at equine therapy as a way to treat PTSD among veterans.