Anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper joined CNN in January 2013. He currently hosts a one-hour weekday program, The Lead with Jake Tapper, which debuted in March 2013, and has hosted CNN’s Sunday morning show, State of the Union, since June 2015. Tapper has won a number of awards, including the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, the Los Angeles Press Club’s Presidents Award for Impact on Media and The Canadian Journalism Foundation’s Tribute to Exemplary Journalism. His debut novel The Hellfire Club will hit the shelves this April.
Bill de Blasio is the 109th Mayor of New York City. Since assuming office in 2014, Mayor de Blasio has worked on initiatives including Pre-K for All, Paid Sick Leave and Housing New York. Previously, Mayor de Blasio served as regional director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2000 for the U.S. Senate.
Sally Kohn is a writer, activist and political commentator. Michael Schmidt is a reporter for The New York Times and contributor for MSNBC.
Ana Marie Cox is a political columnist and culture critic. She conducts the “Talk” interviews featured in The New York Times Magazine. She also hosts “With Friends Like These,” a podcast from Crooked Media. She was the senior political correspondent for MTV News from 2016 until they pivoted to video. Since starting the political blog Wonkette in 2004, she has worked at outlets including Time magazine, GQ, Air America, and The Guardian.
Junot Díaz is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Lee Ann Womack is a country singer and songwriter who has released six studio albums and sold over 6 million albums worldwide. She has received five Academy of Country Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards and a Grammy. Her latest album titled The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone has more co-written songs than all of her previous albums combined, making it her most personal album to date.
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