Amara Walker will lead CNN’s weekend morning news program, New Day Weekend. Taking over Christi Paul, Walker will co-host the show with Boris Sanchez in Atlanta, Georgia from 6 a.m. EST through 9 a.m. EST on Saturdays and 6-8 a.m. EST on Sundays. In addition, Walker will host CNN Newsroom on Saturdays with Sanchez on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. EST.
“Today, I’m thinking of my dad who was at work before the sun came up and arrived at home after the sun came down to allow me and my brother to dream big. He toiled in the sun, cutting hedges, mowing grass, and blowing leaves 6 days a week. He came to a foreign country in the 70’s, escaping the terrors of the Korean War, and hoping and striving to live a prosperous life in dreamland America,” Walker stated.
“My mom never stopped working full-time as a teaching assistant nor did she ever stop cooking every meal and cleaning for her family. Although they often struggled, they persisted, encouraging our dreams into existence. They preached hard work, tenacity, and kindness as the keystones to reaching our goals. They were right. Mom and dad this is for you. I’m living my dream because of you.”
Walker has worked with CNN for a decade. She began as a CNN International anchor before pivoting to coverage of domestic politics in the late 2010s. She assisted the network with their election night coverage in November 2020 and co-hosted a primetime special with
Anderson Cooper called “Afraid: Fear in America’s Communities of Color.”
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