Samuel Burke Biography
Samuel Burke is a business and technology correspondent for CNN who anchors programs on both CNN International and CNN en Español. He hosts the iReport program in English and anchors the Cyber Café daily on the Spanish-language morning program CafeCNN.
He previously served as producer for war correspondent Christiane Amanpour. In 2014, Burke won an Emmy Award for his reports on the technology show CLIX. Burke began to speak Spanish at a young age. He frequently traveled to Mexico as a child and spent most summers in Mexico at a language college as a teenager.
Samuel Burke Age
Although the exact date and month are not known, it is known that Samuel was born in 1985 which makes him around 33 years old as of 2018. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
Samuel Burke Education
He went to Phoenix’s North High School and in 2003 he was a member of the United States House of Representatives Page Program after he was nominated by Congressman Ed Pastor.
He later attended Arizona State University, graduating with a BA in Spanish. Burke went on to further his studies at the university, graduating with a master’s degree in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
While pursuing his graduate studies there, he worked as the teaching assistant to former CNN anchor Aaron Brown.
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Burke is currently in a relationship with his longtime partner, David.
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Samuel began his journalism career as a co-anchor for the Spanish college news program Cronkite Newswatch in 2008 through 2009, which was broadcast on PBS and Telefutura and was produced at the Walter Cronkite School.
He was an intern at CNN, working for the television program Anderson Cooper 360° while attending his graduate studies. Samuel also wrote for the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix.
His first job out of college was as a digital producer for Christiane Amanpour for the CNN show Amanpour.
Initially, there were no jobs available on the show, so he decided to potentially take a job as a security guard at the CNN headquarters in New York City and work the night shift and volunteer for CNN programming during the day.
However, just before the start of the show, he was offered a temporary job with Amanpour, which turned into a full-time position.
Following his work with Christiane Amanpour, Burke was tapped to become the anchor for the CNN en Español program Europa Hoy from 2010 to 2011.
The program based in London was broadcast in both Latin America and North America. He then became the anchor of the daily Cyber Café on CafeCNN in 2011. Besides that, he also reports a nightly segment for the business news show CNN Dinero and a weekly segment on the technology news show CLIX.
In addition, he reports about technology on CNN International, appears on World Business Today and reports on privacy and security on social media for the CNN U.S. news network. He is also a CNN.com contributor; he once wrote a daily column on a range of international affairs, mainly in the Middle East.
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Burke is an American national born in Phoenix Arizona, U.S.A.
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Samuel Burke Interview
In the interview below with Estefanía Díaz, Burke tells it all. From how he began speaking Spanish, how he landed a job at CNN to his personal relationship and his take on the gay killings that have been on the rise.
At what age did you learn to speak Spanish and why did you need to do it?
Samuel: I come from the state of Arizona where there are many Mexicans. Although my parents are not of Latino origin, they always valued Mexican culture. From the age of nine, during my free time, they sent me to Spanish courses, and at the age of fourteen, they began sending me to study, during the holidays, at a language school in Ensenada, Mexico.
If you were related to the policy by being a member of the United States House of Representatives Assistance Program, why did you specialize in technology and not politics?
Samuel: I became a technology correspondent by pure chance. I always dreamed about covering politics. My grandmother was a computer fanatic and she bought me one when all that was still not fashionable. That’s why I’ve always been a step ahead with technology.
Were you in other sources before reaching the technology?
Samuel: When he started working at CNN , he was the digital producer of Christiane Amanpour. For many years, my focus was fundamentally on international politics and on disseminating on our website and on the networks what we reported on their news. Working with her in the Middle East was the best.
How were your beginnings in the world of communications? Mexico?
Samuel: My first step was a project at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara in Mexico about the history of the Jewish community in Guadalajara. I bought a microphone and recorded interviews about how their families had come to Mexico. I loved the work and from there I started a master’s degree in journalism school Cronkite .
How did you get to CNN ?
Samuel: Before working with Amanpour, I was an intern with Anderson Cooper on CNN . As a student, I attended a conference in New York and after his executive producer offered his talk, I ran to ask for an internship. I was the first to arrive at the platform and with that he offered me an internship period.
How was the experience of working with someone like Christiane Amanpour? Especially after having rejected your request three times … Did you manage to exceed your expectations?
Samuel: There is no better journalist than she on the planet. It is extremely demanding. But everything she expects from her team she is also willing to do – even live for more than 24 hours straight. There is no one who values journalism more than her, but beyond that, I learned from her the importance of moral conduct in all aspects of life. Unlike a journalism-let’s say cold-it taught me the importance of incorporating morality into professional behavior.
How was it with Anderson Cooper? What did you learn from working at his side?
Samuel: In his newsletter I learned the importance of the elements of production on television. If one thing is wrong on the air, the story may lose its credibility. That’s why I take care of my own elements when I go live. Everything I present at the Cybercafé every morning at Café CNN , I prepare it myself. The images, the videos, even the text that appears on the screen when I’m on the air. If something does not go well, I can only blame myself.
Your closeness to the technological world should create a clearer picture of the impact that globalization has had on human beings. What is your opinion about it?
Samuel: I believe that globalization in human beings as a result of the Internet is one of the most radical changes in the history of the world. Unfortunately, it is very unfortunate that after so many years there are so few classes to teach young people how to code. There will be no true globalization until all young people have the basic right to education in digital systems.
How is the day to day of Samuel Burke? What is the first thing you do when you get up?
Samuel: I start very early because I’m on the morning news. I review what’s happening on the networks and read a lot of newspapers and blogs about technology. After Café CNN , I go on the English-speaking channels of CNN and the rest of the day I dedicate myself to research and record my own reports on technology. This consists of talking with the big technology companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and interviewing the founders of new technologies about their developments.
Miami, Atlanta, Las Vegas, London … How do you do to be in so many places at once with CNN ?
Samuel: New York is my base, but my partner lives in London, my parents live in Arizona, the big technology companies are in San Francisco, CNN is based in Atlanta and we have studies in Miami. That is, I suffer a terrible jetlag . But this year London will become my base. We plan to make more trips to learn more about what happens in the world of technology in Europe and the Middle East.
What impresses you the most about technology?
Samuel: What moves me most about technology is how it can improve the lives of people with disabilities. The reports I have made about the impact of technology on their lives is what amazes me in this field. For example, an application that I researched, which is similar to Skype but helps the blind to connect with someone who sees them when they need help.
Do you think that in the future technology will replace the human race?
Samuel: Computers are smarter than we are. Siri knows more than me. However, we have something that you will never have: Emotional intelligence. Interestingly, there are new studies showing the increasing value of emotional intelligence in the workforce. Computers will increasingly learn to understand our emotional intelligence, but we must all invest more in controlling our emotions. It’s even more important than learning to code!
How have you seen the technological development in Latin America?
Samuel: Analysts always consider Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico as the countries with the most developed technological communities in Latin America. The problem in many Latin American countries is the slowness of the Internet connection, which hinders innovation. I always regret, for example, that Venezuela has one of the slowest Internet connections in the continent (1.5mb / s). But we are seeing great progress in this field and I believe that soon the big technology companies are going to help solve this problem worldwide (for example Google Fiber ).
When do you come to Venezuela? Would you like to visit us?
Samuel: I’m dying to go, but my Venezuelan friends here in New York always stop me; They recommend that I go when the economic situation improves. They always show me pictures of the incredible natural beauties and I love the sense of humor that Venezuelans have. They always find a way to laugh, even in very difficult circumstances. I hope to finally know that beautiful country.
I know you do not talk about your personal life, but once you revealed that you are gay, has that been a limitation for your professional or personal development?
Samuel: I’m surprised you say that, because to be a journalist I think I talk a lot about my personal life. The good thing about working with a team like Café CNN is that there is time and with whom to talk about personal news and anecdotes. I am openly gay and I have been with my partner for five years. I suffered a lot because I was gay when I was young and in school I faced a lot of harassment. For years I did everything possible to not be gay, but I consider it a great blessing. Carrying out journalism has always helped me keep in mind the discrimination faced by different groups in our society.
Have you received any criticism or public threat that you have not been able to deal with?
Samuel: Thank God the audience has treated me with a lot of affection, especially when I keep in mind that Spanish is not my mother tongue. At first it was difficult to deal with a few ugly comments on the networks. Carlos Montero – the ‘Don’ of morning television – immediately helped me overcome that. I have been very fortunate to have great mentors such as Carlos Montero, Guillermo Arduino and Glenda Umaña. I have been taught to handle the journalistic side, as well as the personal aspect of being on television.
How is the relationship with your partner? What is the secret to being happy?
Samuel: ( Laughter ) I would not change anything about the relationship with David, because first of all we are best friends. She is Belgian and has lived in Britain for years. Speak five languages! We’ve been together for five years – the last four from long distance. I always say that the secret to being happy is living on two continents. Just kidding! We were living together in London when CNN offered me this great opportunity in New York and thank God my employer allows me to travel a lot to England and work from there. Something key is that David has been patient to give me the time I need to grow in my career. Now nothing else has to ask the other hand!
What is your opinion about these dramatic events in which gays have been killed? As happened in Orlando …
Samuel: Despite the great advances for the LGBT community, the tragedy shows that, in part, homophobia continues to be latent today. Society has to realize that the use of a single intolerant word can cause a lot of damage in a person and affect their self-esteem. Until sometimes cause someone “in the closet” to hate himself. I know, because it happened to me. But we can not forget the great steps and the growing tolerance that we are seeing in our societies. The biggest challenge of being gay is that we can not expect society to accept us, until we accept ourselves.