CNN senior White House correspondent Pamela Brown returned to work last Thursday, and Monday, she was in the anchor chair, filling on for Jake Tapper on The Lead at 4pm. Brown gave birth to her baby at the beginning of February and has been away since then — both raising the newborn and mourning the death of her mother, sport broadcaster Phyllis George. George died in May.
“Never could I have imagined how my personal world and the world at large would change on such a grand scale when I left for maternity leave…. had a baby (making me a mom of 2 kids under 2 )and then laid my dear mom to rest amid the COVID-19 pandemic and race reckoning in America,” Brown reflected on Instagram.
“It has been a transformative time for me personally as I reflect on how I can be a better person and a better journalist. If there’s one thing I’ve been reminded of these past few months, it’s the importance of an open mind, an open heart and humility to learn and grow. What I thought was true about life yesterday may not be today. It is a privilege to be back in my role as a journalist for CNN during this critical time,” she concluded.
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.
Anderson Cooper, 52, who welcomed a son, Wyatt Morgan Cooper, and announced his ex, Benjamin Maisani, 47, would be co-parenting with him, explained his decision to have his ex raise his son on Sirius XM’s The Howard Stern Show.
“I don’t really have a family, so my friends have become my family. This is somebody I was involved with for 10 years,” he said of Maisani. “You know, my ex is a great guy, and I think it’s good to have two parents if you can.”
“We didn’t work out as a couple, but . . . when I was a little kid, it was just my mom and my brother, but it was my mom — she was not the most parental person and I wish some adult after my dad died had stepped in and just been like, ‘You know what, I’ll take you to a ball game,’” Cooper said.
“Or, ‘Let’s go out to lunch every now and then, and let’s just talk.’ You know, no one ever did that and so I thought, well if something happens to me or even if something doesn’t happen to me, if more people love my son and are in his life, I’m all for that.”
Cooper said he will go by “dad,” while Maisani, who is French, is going to go by “papa.” Page Six first reported Cooper’s remarks.
Ivan Watson, senior international correspondent based in Hong Kong, got engaged in December, and married just days ago amid the coronavirus.
“We wore surgical masks with “bride” and “groom” written on them in marker to the registry,” Watson wrote on CNN.com. “The city’s coronavirus guidelines allow up to 20 guests at a wedding. We had eight.”
Talking about the livestream of the wedding, he continued, “Our families and friends in the US, Lebanon and elsewhere watch the little civil ceremony in Hong Kong streamed live on Instagram, sprinkling the video with hearts and emojis and other social media expressions of happiness.”
CNN primetime anchor Anderson Cooper won’t be taking a paternity leave, he revealed, despite the birth of his son, Wyatt, last Monday. Cooper will be co-parenting with his ex-boyfriend.
Citing the coronavirus and noting it is an “extraordinary” time to be working in TV, he said, per a PageSix report, “This is not some story, this is life and death. This is as serious as it gets. It’s more important than ever before that things be true and accurate. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not taking time off.”
During an appearance on CBS’ Late Show, Cooper explained, “Thankfully, I can do some work from home and stuff, but I feel like this is an extraordinary time to be in this business as a reporter and to be able to try to help inform people, give people facts. Right now, facts and science, to give people the truth, is the difference between life and death.”
Cooper also said he had hired friend Andy Cohen’s former nanny to help with Wyatt.
Even though CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, 52, and ex Benjamin Maisani, 47, split over 2 years ago, Cooper revealed that Maisani will be a co-parent to his newborn son, Wyatt.
And according to Page Six, Maisani was also in the delivery room when Wyatt was born.
“He’s my family and I want him to be Wyatt’s family as well,” Cooper said.
When they split two years ago, Cooper said at the time, “We are still family to each other, and love each other very much. We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together.”
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, 52, announced that on Monday, he became the father of a son through a surrogate. “He is three days old. He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son’s middle name is Morgan. It’s a family name on my mom’s side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth,” Cooper wrote on Instagram.
He went on, “As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth. Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him.”
Cooper was off the air for the first part of the week, but returned to air on Thursday night.
On Cuomo Prime Time, Chris Cuomo televised his exit from his basement quarantine. He has stayed down there (mostly) since his diagnosis of coronavirus on March 31. “All right, here it is: the official re-entry from the basement, cleared by the CDC…”
Cuomo also said his wife, Cristina, who had also tested positive, was now symptom-free and cleared by the CDC.
He told CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta that the coronavirus put him into a “depression.”
“I have never had anything like this in my life. It humbled me,” Cuomo said. “I know people are dealing with so much worse, but for me, personally, I’m not that strong, and it really tore me up inside and out in terms of making me reassess things about myself and my life. It scared me, like some people, when they get a heart attack. I know this is nothing like a heart attack, but for me it was.”