S. E. Cupp
Cupp at the 2016 Politicon
Sarah Elizabeth Cupp

(1979-02-23) February 23, 1979 (age 44)
Alma mater
  • Political correspondent
  • television personality
Political partyRepublican
John Goodwin
(m. 2013)

Sarah Elizabeth Cupp (born February 23, 1979) is an American television host, political commentator, and writer. In August 2017, she began hosting S.E. Cupp: Unfiltered, a political panel show, co-hosted by Andrew Levy, on HLN and later CNN.

She is a former panelist on the CNN political debate show Crossfire, author of Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity and co-author of Why You're Wrong About the Right. She was a panelist on Real News on TheBlaze, a co-host of the MSNBC talk show The Cycle, and a frequent guest host on the Fox News late night talk show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. She is a frequent guest panelist on Real Time with Bill Maher.

Early life

Cupp was born in Oceanside, California.[1][2] While growing up, she lived in Andover, Massachusetts, and attended the Academy of Notre Dame.[3] From age six until her late teens, she studied ballet.[4] While attending ballet school, she suffered from eating disorders and experienced a relapse during her college years.[5] In 2000, Cupp graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history. While attending Cornell, she worked for The Cornell Daily Sun. In 2010, she earned a Master of Arts degree from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University with a concentration in religious studies.[6]

Media career

After graduating from Cornell, Cupp worked for an online magazine and a public relations company.[citation needed] She was also a contributor to Politico.com's The Arena and has been a frequent guest on all three major cable news channels – CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.

Her writings have appeared in several publications, including The Washington Post, New York Daily News, The American Spectator, Townhall, Newsmax, Human Events, Slate, Maxim, and The Daily Caller.[7]

In 2009, Cupp was hired as a columnist at the New York Daily News. In 2011, she was hired as a writer and commentator for Mercury Radio Arts,[8] the organization owned and operated by Glenn Beck. Shortly after being hired by Beck, Cupp was given her show, S.E. Cupp, on the Insider Extreme broadcast on Glennbeck.com.[9] The show was moved to GBTV (now TheBlaze TV).

On June 25, 2012, she began co-hosting The Cycle on MSNBC with political strategist Krystal Ball, pop-culture commentator Touré, and senior Salon political writer Steve Kornacki.[10]

After living and working in New York City for over a decade, Cupp moved to Washington, D.C., in 2013, after CNN hired her to join the panel of a new version of Crossfire, with panelists Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, and Van Jones.[11][12][timeframe?] Consequently, Cupp left MSNBC and The Cycle, following her final appearance on June 27, 2013.[13]

On March 13, 2017, CNN's sister network, HLN, announced that Cupp would host a new evening program, S.E. Cupp Unfiltered, in June.[14] In August 2018, the program moved to CNN as a weekly program on Saturday evenings.[15]

Political views

Throughout her career, Cupp has described herself as a "mainstream conservative" and a supporter of "limited government, self-reliance, self-empowerment, lower taxes".[16][17]

Although an atheist herself, on July 5, 2012, Cupp said on The Cycle that she "would never vote for an atheist president". When asked to explain, Cupp said she felt that a president must not represent only 10 to 15 percent of the American populace and that faith served as a "check" on presidential power.[18][better source needed]

In March 2013, Cupp pulled out of a CPAC appearance because of its stances on homosexuality and gay marriage, saying she "became increasingly uncomfortable [aligning] with an event, a great event in many ways, that had nonetheless attempted to marginalize a significant group of conservatives working on our behalf."[19] She has since joined Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.[20] She has said that Republicans should be "natural allies" for same-sex marriage.[21]

During Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign, Cupp criticized his non-interventionist foreign policy, saying the United States has an obligation to "[fight] brutal regimes and human rights abuses around the world".[16]

Cupp was strongly critical of Donald Trump's presidency, saying "I don't know these Republicans [that support Trump]. This isn't what drew me to this party."[17] She voted for Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election.[22][23]

Cupp personally opposes abortion, but believes it should be legal and opposed the overturning of Roe v. Wade.[24]

Personal life

Since 1995, Cupp has been an atheist, but has consistently stated that she is open to theism,[25][26][27] and once said in an interview with C-SPAN, "I really aspire to be a person of faith some day."[28]

Cupp met John Goodwin, a former chief of staff to Representative Raúl Labrador, at the 2008 Republican Convention, and they began dating in 2011.[29] They married in November 2013, and have one son.[30][31] In 2017, Goodwin became head of communications for The Weather Channel, and that year, the family moved from Washington, D.C., to Darien, Connecticut.[11][32]


See also


  1. ^ "After Words with Corey Robin" Archived April 14, 2013, at archive.today, C-SPAN, Washington DC, October 6, 2011. Retrieved on October 27, 2005.
  2. ^ Cupp, S. E. "Italians, Blame the 'Guidos' on MTVs 'Jersey Shore'" Archived January 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Daily News, New York, December 30, 2009. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Boston Globe "Two with Mass. roots join ‘Crossfire’ revival"
  4. ^ CNN Crossfire, "S.E. Cupp on ballet and hunting" Archived February 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, September 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Cupp, S. E. (February 10, 2014). "Opinion: 'The Biggest Loser' -- Warning from someone who's been there". CNN. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  6. ^ Finn, Robin (May 1, 2011)."S.E. Cupp Turns Nascar and Bravo Into Habits". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
  7. ^ "S.E. Cupp, Columnist". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on September 1, 2017.
  8. ^ "S.E. Cupp joins GlennBeck.com". Glenn Beck. January 26, 2011.
  9. ^ "Former CNN Contributor Amy Holmes Joins Glenn Beck's GBTV". August 9, 2011.
  10. ^ Lauerman, Kerry (June 21, 2012). "Kornacki an MSNBC host, too". Salon Magazine. Salon Media Group. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Shultz, Susan (October 5, 2020). "CNN journalist to talk media and politics at Darien's Global Players series". The Darien Times. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  12. ^ "'Crossfire' coming back to CNN". CNN. June 26, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  13. ^ "S.E. Cupp Leaves 'The Cycle,' MSNBC". Huffington Post. June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  14. ^ "HLN Will Add S.E. Cupp as Host, Introduce New Original Series on Friday Nights (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. March 13, 2017. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  15. ^ Steinberg, Brian (August 9, 2018). "S.E. Cupp to Move From HLN to CNN". Variety. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Ron Paul's scary vision for America: He'd be tyrants' best friend". Daily News. September 14, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  17. ^ a b Stagnitta, Ali (February 22, 2021). "Political Commentator S.E. Cupp Reflects On The Future Of The Republican Party: We're In 'A Vicious Cycle'". Hollywood Life. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  18. ^ "Atheist S.E. Cupp: 'I Would Never Vote For an Atheist President'". news.yahoo.com. July 6, 2012. Retrieved December 29, 2022.
  19. ^ "S.E. Cupp On CPAC, Gay Rights: 'I Can't Keep Doing That,' CPAC 'Dismissive And Disrespectful' To Gay Groups (VIDEO)". HuffPost. March 4, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  20. ^ "Huntsman daughters, S.E. Cupp join pro gay-marriage group". Politico. March 13, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  21. ^ "S.E. Cupp Tells GOP To Get Behind Gay Marriage: 'Conservatism And Gay Rights Should Be... Natural Allies'". Mediaite. November 30, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  22. ^ Cupp, S. E. (August 20, 2020). "S.E. Cupp: Why 'goodness' matters in this election". WacoTrib.com. Retrieved August 21, 2020.
  23. ^ SE Cupp: This is enough of a reason to give Biden my vote - CNN Video, August 19, 2020, retrieved August 21, 2020
  24. ^ Cupp, S.E. (May 6, 2022). "S.E. Cupp: You don't have to be pro-choice to oppose overturning Roe". Trib Live.
  25. ^ "Q&A: S.E. Cupp", C-SPAN, Washington DC, October 19, 2009. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  26. ^ Pareene, Alex (November 23, 2010) War Room's Hack Thirty – No. 21: S.E. Cupp, Salon.com
  27. ^ Cupp, S. E. (April 2010). Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity. Threshold Editions. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4391-7316-9. I am an atheist. I have been an atheist for fifteen years. ... I believe ... that Judeo-Christian values, religious tolerance, an objective press, the benevolence of Christianity, and civility and decency make for a better American democracy.
  28. ^ Q&A with S.E. Cupp, C-SPAN, October 18, 2009. YouTube.
  29. ^ Allen, Mike and Hohmann, James. "64 days to Nov. 6 – LABOR DAY EDITION: Live from Charlotte – BILL CLINTON ADVISED OBAMA AIDES TO DROP FLIP-FLOP CASE AGAINST ROMNEY – 'Obama the conventional' – Goody engaged", Politico, Washington DC, September 3, 2012. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  30. ^ Kurtz, Judy (December 10, 2013). "S.E. Cupp talks about her name, 'Duck Dynasty' and going incognito". The Hill.
  31. ^ Heil, Emily (December 4, 2014). "CNN's S.E. Cupp welcomes baby boy" – via washingtonpost.com.
  32. ^ Czarnecki, Sean (April 5, 2017). "Weather Channel Hires DC Veteran John Goodwin As Head of Comms". PRWeek.