S. E. Cupp

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Sarah Elizabeth Cupp (born February 23, 1979) is an American conservative political commentator and writer. As of August 21, 2017, she began hosting S.E. Cupp: Unfiltered, a political panel show, co-hosted by Andrew Levy, Monday through Thursday on HLN.

She was a panelist on the CNN political debate show Crossfire, co-author of Why You're Wrong About the Right, with Brett Joshpe, and the sole author of Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity. She was on the panel for Real News From The Blaze featured on TheBlaze, was formerly a co-host of the afternoon MSNBC talk show The Cycle, and before that, a regular guest host on Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld.

S. E. Cupp
S. E. Cupp (c. 2010)
Born February 23, 1979 (age 38)
Carlsbad, California, U.S.
Alma mater Cornell University (B.A.)
New York University (M.A.)
Occupation Political correspondent
Non-fiction author
TV personality
Spouse(s) John Goodwin (m. 2013)
Children 1
Website thesecupp.com

Early life

Cupp was born in Carlsbad, California.[1][2] During some of her younger and teenage years, she lived in Andover, Massachusetts and attended the Academy of Notre Dame.[3] From age 6 until her late teens, she studied ballet.[4] While attending ballet school, she battled eating disorders, suffering a relapse during her college years.[5] In 2000, Cupp graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. While attending Cornell, she worked for The Cornell Daily Sun. In 2010, she earned a Master of Arts from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University with a concentration in Religious Studies.[6]


After graduating from Cornell, she worked for an online magazine and a public relations company. In 2002, Cupp was hired by The New York Times to write and edit for the Index Department.[7] She is also a contributor to Politico.com's The Arena and has been a frequent guest in the past on all three 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.[8]

In 2009, Cupp was hired as a columnist at the Daily News.

In 2011, she was hired as a writer and commentator for Mercury Radio Arts,[9] the organization owned and operated by Glenn Beck. Shortly after being hired by Beck, Cupp was given her own show, "S.E. Cupp" on the Insider Extreme broadcast found on Glennbeck.com.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Cupp, who identifies as a Log Cabin Republican, said the Republican Party should support gay marriage.[13] She describes herself as a "mainstream conservative" and criticized Ron Paul's foreign policy views along with his views on the Federal Reserve.[14]

In March 2013, Cupp pulled out of a CPAC appearance because of its stance on homosexuality and gay marriage, saying that she "became increasingly uncomfortable [aligning] with an event, a great event in many ways, that had nonetheless attempted to marginalize a really important group of conservatives working on our behalf."[15] Cupp denied that her employment at MSNBC influenced her position.[16][17] She has since joined Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.[18]

CNN announced on June 26, 2013, that Cupp would join a new version of Crossfire re-launching in the fall of 2013, with panelists Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, and Van Jones.[19] Consequently, Cupp left MSNBC and The Cycle, following her final appearance on June 27, 2013.[20]

On March 13, 2017, sister network HLN announced that Cupp would host a new evening program in June.[21]

Personal life

Cupp has described herself as an atheist, but has consistently stated that she is open to theism,[22][23][24] and "really aspires to be a person of faith some day."[25][26]

Cupp met John Goodwin, former chief of staff to Representative Raúl Labrador, at the 2008 Republican Convention, and they began dating in 2011.[27] They became engaged in September 2012, and were married in November 2013.[28] She gave birth to a son, John Davies Goodwin III, in 2014.[29]


  • Cupp, S. E.; Brett Joshpe (2008). Why You're Wrong about the Right: Behind the Myths. New York: Threshold Editions. ISBN 1-4165-6282-6.
  • Cupp, S. E. (2010). Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity. New York: Threshold Editions. ISBN 1-4391-7316-8.


  1. ^ Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network."After Words with Corey Robin", C-SPAN, Washington DC, 6 October 2011. Retrieved on 27 October 2005.
  2. ^ Cupp S.E. "Italians, Blame the 'Guidos' on MTVs 'Jersey Shore'", Daily News, New York, 30 December 2009. Retrieved on 12 March 2013.
  3. ^ Boston Globe "Two with Mass. roots join ‘Crossfire’ revival"
  4. ^ CNN Crossfire, "S.E. Cupp on ballet and hunting", 23 September 2013
  5. ^ S.E. Cupp, CNN, "S.E. Cupp: The Biggest Loser: A warning from someone who's been there", 10 February 2014, KSPR 33 ABC
  6. ^ Finn, Robin (May 1, 2011)."S.E. Cupp Turns Nascar and Bravo Into Habits". The New York Times. New York. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  7. ^ "kaspublicity.com" (PDF).
  8. ^ "S.E. Cupp, Columnist". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "S.E. Cupp joins GlennBeck.com".
  10. ^ Seidl, Jonathon M. (January 31, 2011). "Beck Announces S.E. Cupp Will Join Radio Team as Host". The Blaze. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  11. ^ Lauerman, Kerry (June 21, 2012). "Kornacki an MSNBC host, too". Salon Magazine. Salon Media Group. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  12. ^ "Atheist S.E. Cupp: 'I Would Never Vote For an Atheist President'".
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "Ron Paul's scary vision for America: He'd be tyrants' best friend". Daily News. September 14, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  15. ^ "S.E. Cupp On CPAC, Gay Rights: 'I Can't Keep Doing That,' CPAC 'Dismissive And Disrespectful' To Gay Groups (VIDEO)". March 4, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  16. ^ "Has S.E. Cupp changed, man?". February 26, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  17. ^ "S.E. CUPP DENIES MSNBC 'PRESSURED' HER TO BOYCOTT CPAC". March 1, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  18. ^ "Huntsman daughters, S.E. Cupp join pro gay-marriage group". March 13, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  19. ^ "'Crossfire' coming back to CNN". CNN. June 26, 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  20. ^ "S.E. Cupp Leaves 'The Cycle,' MSNBC". Huffington Post. June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  21. ^ "HLN Will Add S.E. Cupp as Host, Introduce New Original Series on Friday Nights (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  22. ^ Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network. "Q&A: S.E. Cupp", C-SPAN, Washington DC, 19 October 2009. Retrieved on 12 March 201.
  23. ^ Pareene, Alex (2010-11-23) War Room's Hack Thirty – No. 21: S.E. Cupp, Salon.com
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ S. E. Cupp (2009-12-23). "Belief and nonbelief are not equal". Daily News. As an atheist myself, I like to think I adhere to the same Judeo-Christian values that most of religious America does.
  26. ^ Q&A with S.E. Cupp, C-SPAN, October 18, 2009. YouTube
  27. ^ 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, 3 September 2012. Retrieved on 12 March 2013.
  28. ^ Kurtz, Judy (10 December 2013). "S.E. Cupp talks about her name, 'Duck Dynasty' and going incognito".
  29. ^ Heil, Emily (4 December 2014). "CNN's S.E. Cupp welcomes baby boy" – via washingtonpost.com.

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