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American Morning
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American Morning on CNN HD.
Format news program, live action
Starring John Roberts
Kiran Chetry
Rob Marciano
Ali Velshi
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes Unknown
Running time 180 minutes (three hours)
Original channel CNN
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run January 28, 2002 – present
External links
Official website

American Morning is the morning television show on CNN. It premiered in 2002.


About the show

American Morning features co-hosts Kiran Chetry and John Roberts. Others who appear regularly are Rob Marciano with the weather, CNN financial correspondent Ali Velshi with a segment called "Minding Your Business", Sunny Hostin on legal news, and CNN senior medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta with health-related reports.

American Morning focuses on the news more than many U.S. morning shows. The program offers the most news in the morning on political, domestic and international stories. There are more scripted segments on American Morning than on other morning shows, as well as a heavy dose of political news each morning. The program mainly focuses on news to attract viewers who prefer a more straightforward morning show, without the amount of anchor banter found on the competition. Its main competitors are Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends and MSNBC's Morning Joe.[1]

American Morning is aired live every weekday morning from 6 to 9 am EST. After years of operating from a streetside studio at the Time-Life Building in New York City, the show moved north to an indoor set at the CNN studios in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle which was shared with the CNN Headline News show Showbiz Tonight. In October 2006, AM received a redesigned set, along with new music and graphics.

On September 26, 2007, American Morning began broadcasting in High Definition. This HD version currently can be seen on HD feeds from Comcast, DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse and others providers.

Originally AM aired for three hours, from 7am to 10am. After the cancellation of Daybreak, the program was expanded to four hours, 6am to 10am. However, the air time was reduced in October 2006 to 6am to 9am, after the expansion of CNN Newsroom.


American Morning originally premiered on September 12, 2001. Paula Zahn began anchoring the program five months early due to the 9/11 attacks which had occurred the previous morning. Jack Cafferty and Anderson Cooper joined her as co-hosts and helped deliver news on the attacks.

In February 2002 Bill Hemmer moved to New York to become Paula Zahn's cohost, replacing Anderson Cooper. In April 2003 Bill Hemmer anchored the program solo when Paula Zahn moved to CNN primetime. Heidi Collins and Daryn Kagan temporarily hosted with Bill Hemmer before Soledad O'Brien debuted as co-host.

In June 2005 Bill Hemmer left CNN and was replaced by Miles O'Brien. Heidi Collins was replaced by Carol Costello. Jack Cafferty left the show later that summer. The show moved to the Time Warner Center, and shared a set with the CNN Headline News program Showbiz Tonight. Costello later left the program and was not replaced. In October 2006, the show received a redesigned set, along with new music and graphics.

Due to disappointing Nielsen ratings, CNN announced the replacement of Miles O'Brien and Soledad O'Brien with Kiran Chetry and John Roberts as program hosts effective April 16, 2007. In the first quarter of 2007, Fox and Friends on Fox News Channel averaged 769,000 viewers, CNN's American Morning averaged 372,000 and MSNBC's Imus in the Morning averaged 361,000 viewers at the time of its cancellation by MSNBC on April 11, 2007.[2]

Previous hosts

See also


  1. ^ Celebrity Scandals and Gossip - NY Daily News
  2. ^ Tim Cuprisin, "Plagued by soft ratings, O'Briens ousted as CNN morning anchors", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 11, 2007.
Preceded by
Anderson Cooper 360°
(60-minute condensed replay)
CNN Weekday Lineup
Succeeded by
CNN Newsroom

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