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This article is about the American journalist. For other persons with the same name, see Kathleen Sullivan (disambiguation)

Kathleen Sullivan
Kathleen Sullivan 1989.jpg
Sullivan on the red carpet at the 41st Primetime Emmy Awards in 1989
Born (1953-05-17) May 17, 1953 (age 66)
Pasadena, California, United States

Kathleen Sullivan (born May 17, 1953)[citation needed] is an American television journalist.

She was hired as CNN anchor by former president Reese Schonfeld in 1980.[1] Her career has been involved in nearly every area of broadcasting. For more than ten years, Sullivan was a news anchor, working at CNN, ABC News and CBS News. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post.[2]


Early life and educationEdit

She was born in Pasadena, California.

Attended Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California.



Starting her career in local television, she became the first female anchor hired by CNN in 1980.[3]

She became the first American woman to broadcast live from the Soviet Union when she went there to interview Russian cosmonauts for the Soviet Pre-Olympic festival. In 1980, Sullivan was picked by Ted Turner to help launch his Cable News Network.[4]

ABC NewsEdit

Moving to ABC News, she debuted ABC World News This Morning with co-anchor Steve Bell in 1982, substituted for co-host Joan Lunden on Good Morning America, anchored ABC World News Saturday, and started the first national-network health program, The Health Show.[3] During the 1980s, Sullivan reported live from political conventions, summit meetings, state funerals and the Olympic Games. She broadcast live from Buckingham Palace in London to report the royal wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales.[5]

In 1984, Sullivan became the first woman to anchor a telecast of the Olympic Games. She was an in-studio anchor for ABC's coverage of the Olympics during the 1984 Winter Olympics, held in Sarajevo,[3] and later that year during the 1984 Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles, California.

CBS NewsEdit

In 1987, Sullivan moved to CBS News to become co-anchor with Harry Smith of CBS This Morning. She served as co-anchor of the program from November 30, 1987 until February 23, 1990, after which she left CBS News. During her time at CBS, Sullivan was the only American journalist invited by U.S. President Ronald Reagan to a 1987 White House state dinner honoring Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and celebrating the end of the Cold War.[2] Her reporting in 1989 on Hurricane Hugo in South Carolina won her and CBS News an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Event.[citation needed]On her firing from CBS Sullivan stated, "They called me old, unattractive and said, 'No one wants to look at her anymore,' " Sullivan told a reporter. "I broke a lot of news interviews, but that wasn't important to them."[6]

NBC NewsEdit

Sullivan anchored the 1992 Summer Olympics, held in Barcelona, for NBC's pay-per-view Olympics Triplecast.


She has also worked in radio, doing weekly commentaries for ABC News and working in Los Angeles as a talk-show host on KABC and as a drive-time anchor for the all-news station KFWB, 1999-2000.

Later workEdit

Sullivan was the host of two syndicated health shows in the 1990s.

In the mid-1990s, she appeared in television and magazine ads as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers.[7]


Sullivan received an Emmy nomination for Best Sportscaster – a first for a woman[citation needed] – and received two Emmy nominations for her work as anchor of E! Entertainment's E! News Daily, which she hosted after anchoring full-time coverage of the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial.

Awards and honorsEdit

She has been nominated for Emmy Awards in news, sports and entertainment.[citation needed]


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration advisory board memberEdit

Sullivan is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – to which she was appointed in 2003 by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson.[2][8]

In popular cultureEdit

She has made various cameo appearances as herself in various entertainment television programs including the episode "Millions from Heaven" (1996) of the television situation-comedy series Roseanne (1988–1997), reporting on the Conner family winning the lottery.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^,,20107488,00.html
  2. ^ a b c "Kathleen Sullivan". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Levitt, Shelley (February 14, 1994). "Sullivan's Travels". People. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
  4. ^ "Sullivan Given New Life With Triplecast - Sun Sentinel". Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  5. ^ "CNN at 25" Orlando Sentinel. June 2005.
  6. ^ "As Kathleen Sullivan covers O. J. Simpson, anything qualifies as entertainment". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2019-02-03.
  7. ^ Dowd, Maureen (January 12, 1994). "Dieting With: Kathleen Sullivan; With a Will and a Weigh". The New York Times. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
  8. ^ 37th Meeting of the SAMHSA National Advisory Council Minutes. June 27, 2005. San Diego, California.
  9. ^ Database (undated). "Filmography by type for Kathleen Sullivan". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 17, 2011.

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Preceded by
Mariette Hartley
CBS This Morning co-anchor
November 30, 1987-February 23, 1990
Succeeded by
Paula Zahn