Daryn Kagan anchors CNN Live Today. Based in the network's world headquarters in Atlanta, Kagan joined CNN in 1994.
During her varied career at CNN, Kagan traveled to Kuwait during the war in Iraq, to Africa for a 10-day tour with rock band U2's Bono and U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and across the United States to cover elections, the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy and the hunt for the Washington, D.C. sniper.
Most recently, she anchored CNN's coverage of the guilty verdicts of Enron Corp.'s founder Kenneth Lay and former chief executive Jeffrey Skilling on conspiracy and fraud charges. She was also on the air live just minutes after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks began. She reported throughout that day and covered the unfolding event from CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta as well as the networks Washington, D.C. bureau as the crisis turned into a search-and-rescue mission that evolved into a war on terrorism.
Previously, she anchored Live This Morning and served as host of People in the News during the profile-format program's debut year in 2001.
Before joining the news team on CNN/U.S., Kagan was an anchor and reporter for CNN/Sports Illustrated, the 24-hour sports news network from CNN and Sports Illustrated, covering such major events as the Super Bowl, the NBA playoffs and international figure skating. Kagan served as a general assignment news reporter at KTVK-TV in Phoenix. During her tenure, she received three local Emmy Award nominations and was named top reporter in the seven-state Rocky Mountain region. Her first television job was at KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she worked as an anchor and reporter.
Kagan earned a bachelor's degree in communication and American studies from Stanford University.