It was two months ago when CNN anchor Richard Quest, 58, announced he had tested positive for coronavirus. But now, he says he is still suffering from a cough, and is now clumsy and forgetful.
But today, the CNN International host of Quest Means Business wrote for CNN.com, “The cough has come back, without warning and seemingly for no reason; so has the fatigue. Like many others, I am now coming to realize that I am living and suffering from the long tail of Covid-19.”
“My symptoms were on the milder side: I never had breathing difficulties, or loss of sense or smell. I was wiped-out tired and I always had “the cough,” which has now returned,” Quest wrote.
“I have tested negative for the virus and positive for the antibodies, and my doctor says it won’t return. But there are days when I feel that it has. I am also discovering new areas of damage: I have now become incredibly clumsy. I was never the most lissome person, no one ever called me graceful, but my clumsiness is off the chart. If I reach for a glass, or take something out of a cupboard, I will knock it, or drop it on the floor. I have tripped over the curb and gone flying.”
“At times there’s a sense of mild confusion,” he added.
CNN International has hired Kim Brunhuber as an Atlanta-based anchor. He will anchor Europe morning editions of CNN Newsroom on Saturday and Sunday, as well as weekday news programs. The announcement was made today by Mike McCarthy, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CNN International.
Brunhuber joins CNN International from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where he most recently served as the network’s senior correspondent and Los Angeles bureau chief. In that role he covered major U.S. and international news stories for the CBC’s television, radio and digital platforms, including the 2018 and 2016 Olympics, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and the death of Nelson Mandela. He reported on several mass shootings in the U.S. including Las Vegas, NV and San Bernardino and Thousand Oaks, CA. His coverage of the 2017 fires in Southern California won a 2018 National Press Club Award in the journalism contest’s breaking news-broadcast category.
“Kim is an exceptional journalist who has a deep understanding of the stories that impact CNN International viewers around the world,” McCarthy said. “Whether reporting on elections in Sierra Leone or terrorist attacks in Kabul, Kim brings an impressive and diverse range of journalistic skills that will benefit both our newsroom and our audience.”
Brunhuber said, “While on assignment or living abroad, I could always count on meeting up with one of my favorite travel companions: CNN International. Whether I was in a three-walled barbershop in Freetown, an expat hotel in Karachi, or a boisterous shebeen in Cape Town, the network was the umbilical cord keeping me connected to the rest of the world. I’m thrilled that now I’ll be on the other side of the desk. I can’t imagine a better platform for international storytelling nor a more crucial time in which those stories must be told.”
Citing the chaos unfolding outside of CNN Center in Atlanta, veteran CNN International anchor Natalie Allen won’t be going into work to anchor CNN Newsroom, she announced late Friday evening on Facebook. Earlier, while reporter Nick Valencia was live on Cuomo Prime Time, a flash bang was tossed inside the entrance of CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, causing police to have the CNN crew go further back for their safety.
Allen wrote, “I won’t be anchoring my show this [Saturday] morning due to protests in downtown Atlanta. It’s not safe to try and go to CNN downtown. Pls watch our coverage and I hope to see you Sunday morning. Hope and pray for calm.”
CNN anchor and international correspondent Amara Walker had her final on-air appearance Thursday before she took off for her maternity leave. “Camera-ready for the last time… for now,” she wrote on Instagram. Walker had her first baby in spring 2018.
“To be honest, it’s bittersweet going on maternity during a time when FACTS are so important and can mean the difference between life and death. But you are in excellent hands with my colleagues,” she wrote.
On Sunday night, CNN anchor Don Lemon will host I Can’t Breathe: Black Men Living & Dying in America from 8-10pm ET, on CNN and CNN International. According to a CNN press statement, “the two-hour special will take a hard look at the violence and racism faced by black people in the United States today. With emotions running high following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, coupled with the threat that Christian Cooper faced, this special will underscore the many challenges that exist for black men carrying out the basic task of living in the United States of America.”
The special will feature interviews with Stephen Jackson, former NBA player and friend of George Floyd, Rev. Bernice King, film director Spike Lee and more.
Appearing on The Situation Room Thursday, Lemon blasted President Donald Trump, saying, “No one wants to hear from the Birther-in-Chief, from the ‘sons of bitches’-calling person, who says that athletes are kneeling for this very reason. No one wants to hear from that,” after U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald said that Trump as well as A.G. Barr are monitoring the investigation.
Both CNN International as well as HLN (plus TNT, TBS, and TruTV) will air “Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity, a blockbuster live golf competition headlined by golf icons Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson returning for a rematch, this time joined by Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, two of the NFL’s greatest players of all time,” according to CNN in an announcement. It will air Sunday, May 24, at 3 p.m. ET.
Associated with the live telecast, WarnerMedia and the golfers will collectively make a charitable donation of $10 million to benefit COVID-19 relief. A sanctioned PGA TOUR event, it will be held at the prestigious Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.
Jeff Zucker, chairman of WarnerMedia news and sports, said in a statement, “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unimaginable tragedy and heartbreak. We’re hopeful this event and platform will help raise meaningful funding for COVID-19 relief, while also providing a source of brief distraction and entertainment for all sports fans.”
The event commentators will include host Brian Anderson, analysts Trevor Immelman and Charles Barkley, with on-course reporters Amanda Balionis and Justin Thomas.
CNN has announced Rani Raad’s new appointment as President of CNN Commercial in a new global position to broaden the company’s new business streams and increase the value that CNN provides to commercial partners around the world. He will report directly to CNN Worldwide and WarnerMedia news chief Jeff Zucker.
“There has never been a more important time to be strategic and purposeful about revenue generation across the platforms of CNN Worldwide,” said Zucker in a prepared statement. “By aligning Rani and his team more closely with the rest of the CNN organization, there is no doubt it will make a big difference in our ability to find new ways of doing business and enhanced opportunities for our clients around the world.”
Raad, a CNN veteran of 22 years, started his career at the company in New York before holding a number of senior international roles with CNN and WarnerMedia. In 2013, Raad combined all business operations of CNN’s properties outside of the United States within the division CNN International Commercial (CNNIC), including advertising, sponsorship, Content Sales & Licensing, Out of Home, marketing and Audiences & Data. Since then, as President of CNNIC Raad has developed the business by introducing a cross-platform and data-led strategy with increased digital capabilities, tailored for a wide range of client and market needs across over 200 countries and territories.
Raad said, “I don’t think I have ever seen a time when CNN has been so influential, both in the US and internationally. An era of structural change in the media market, the increased demand for verified news and the economic impact of Covid-19 is fundamentally changing the way we need to work with our business partners. With our premium brand, sophisticated solutions and worldwide reach, it’s now more important than ever before that our business partners, wherever they are, have greater and faster access to CNN’s full suite of global capabilities.”
CNN International anchor Richard Quest has recovered from coronavirus, he announced Tuesday on CNN Newsroom. On April 20, the business anchor reported he had the virus, but he had “few symptoms,” and mainly just a cough.
“I’m no longer infectious and I’m out of isolation,” Quest said, noting his was a “light” case of coronavirus.
Although Quest said he still had a cough — something his doctor informed him he would have for the foreseeable future, or at least the next few weeks — he was better.