CNN Anchor Poppy Harlow briefly passed out on live TV today shortly after taking a hand-off from Becky Anderson, who had been discussing the liberation of Ramadi from ISIS by Iraqi forces with Harlow, as reported by USA Today. In November, it was reported that 33-year-old Poppy Harlow is pregnant by TVNewser.
“Bad news for the Obama administration,” Harlow can be seen stating while she looks into the CNN camera. The broadcast then switches to an infographic detailing Americans’ satisfaction with the progress of the war on terror; 74 percent are reported to be dissatisfied.
“We have this new CNN/ORC poll,” Poppy Harlow stated, and then her voice began to waver and she could be heard gasping for air. She attempted to continue, “which is… quite a… quite a…” Then, her speech began to slur, “turnaround… in a…”
Harlow, seemingly fainted, could be heard breathing heavily and CNN staff could be heard quietly speaking in the background. The available footage then cuts away and quickly returns with Poppy appearing to have quickly recovered from her fainting spell.
“Brian thank you so much,” Harlow said, both looking and sounding better. “And for all of you on Twitter who are asking if I’m OK. Thank you so much.” She then said that they were going to take a short break and that the show would return shortly.
Thank you all for your concern and messages! I am ok! Passed out briefly and am with the doctor now. So thankful to our amazing CNN team.— Poppy Harlow (@PoppyHarlowCNN) December 28, 2015
Harlow later tweeted that she visited the hospital and that both her and her daughter, who is expected in the spring, are “doing just fine,” after passing out. The CNN anchor also thanked fans again for their concern after her on-air fainting spell. USA Today noted the hot lights of a television studio and pregnancy can be a dangerous mix.
“Ah, the joys of pregnancy: The food cravings. The stomach upsets. The fainting while live at the anchor desk on CNN.”
Update from the hospital -- our little girl due this spring is doing just fine. Was a scare but we are both ok. Thank you all so much!— Poppy Harlow (@PoppyHarlowCNN) December 28, 2015
Poppy Harlow is married to Sinisa Babcic.
“We could not be more thrilled to have a little girl on the way,” Harlow was quoted when the couple first announced the pregnancy in November. “We feel blessed and are excited for the adventure ahead.”
Harlow’s birth name is Katharine Julia, but her mother dubbed her “Poppy” when she was young, according to TVNewser. The memorable name has stayed with the popular and successful journalist, who set out to follow in her late-father’s footsteps as a lawyer. Her father died when she was only 15. A position with MarketWatch led to positions with local television stations and eventually CNN.
She is now the anchor of CNN Weekend Newsroom as well as working in the field during the week. Harlow has also been described as the being the “ultimate utility player” and has substituted for several other CNN personalities, including Don Lemon, Richard Quest, and many others.
Harlow heaps praise on the writers and producers she works with at CNN when described as possessing “talent,” explaining that when she considers the amount of work her team puts in and the support she gets from them, she finds being told that she is talented “funny.”
Poppy Harlow graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University, she has also worked with CBS and Forbes. She was born in 1982 and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In 2013, Poppy Harlow attracted controversy when comments she made with regard to two Ohio high school football players convicted of rape were perceived as being supportive of the players and their “crushed dreams.” An online petition with Change.org calling for an apology attracted close to 300,000 signatures. Harlow was later described as being “outraged” by comments directed at her, according to The Wire.
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