CNN Airs Roots: Our Journeys Home, Focusing On The Personal Roots Of CNN Anchors

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Have you been watching the mini-episode of CNN’s new historical project, Roots?

I have been viewing snippets of this documentary this past week and, depending on the storyline, have been moved to tears of sorrow and laughter.

I was touched to see the humanity and sensitivity displayed by these popular anchors who come into our homes every evening, keeping us informed about current event and oftentimes putting themselves in danger.

CNN proudly summarized this project:

“ROOTS: OUR JOURNEYS HOME – 9 pm ET – CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Michaela Pereira will host a two hour special featuring 12 of the network’s hosts and anchors stories. The special will also include interviews with Anderson Cooper, Michaela Pereira, Erin Burnett and Dr. Sanjay Gupta about what the experience has meant to them personally.

Beginning Friday, October 10, a sneak peek at Roots will be available on As the journeys unfold on-air, viewers online will be invited to watch and share the segments as well as explore more of each anchor’s story through video extras, exclusive photos and first-person accounts of their individual journeys. They will also be able to compare their habits and hobbies to CNN’s anchors with a new “Which anchor are you?” quiz. Throughout, the Roots experience will extend across on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr using the hashtag #CNNRoots”

This is such an inspired concept and CNN’s ability to engage social media while airing this show is absolutely wonderful. Someone is pushing the perfect buttons to accelerate the profile and ratings of CNN, which, I personally view as “must see TV”.

The complete documentary, Roots: Our Journeys Home, produced by CNN.Com in conjunction with Ancestry.Com, will air on Tuesday, October 21st at 9:00 PM.

And don’t forget to take the quiz: “Which CNN Anchor Are You“? I did and apparently I report like Wolf Blitzer, eat like Kate Bolduan and watch movies like Anderson Cooper.

I think I will leave the reporting to Wolf Blitzer and I love food too much to share it with the adorable Kate Bolduan. But how do I hook up with Anderson for a movie night?

Will you be watching, CNN groupies? Pray tell in the comments section.

And if you have seen the individual episodes, which one surprised you or moved you the most? I thought Fareed Zakaria’s was hilarious!

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

One Response to “CNN Airs Roots: Our Journeys Home, Focusing On The Personal Roots Of CNN Anchors”

  1. i have not watched this, but on your recommendation i recorded it so that i *will* watch it. i don’t know if they make mention of dr henry louis gates jr’s show ‘finding your roots’ on pbs. it is a wonderful show. anderson cooper was one of the subjects of the show and i am wondering if perhaps the cnn show came as a result of anderson being on the show with dr gates.


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