CNN Reporter Breaks Into Tears While Reporting On American Covid-19 Death Toll

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 13 Jan 2021 12:20
CNN Reporter Breaks Into Tears While Reporting On American Covid-19 Death TollCNN

CNN reporter Sara Sidner found herself unable to told back tears while reporting on America’s COVID-19 death toll.

Sidner broke down in tears following a segment focusing on a family that had lost their parents to the virus. The journalist has been reporting on the impact of COVID on the US throughout the pandemic, and it has understandably taken its toll on the 48-year-old.


In the live news segment, Sidner said, ‘You know, this is the tenth hospital I’ve been in and to see the way that these families have to live after this and the heartache that goes so far and so wide, it’s really hard to take.’

See the emotional video here:


Sidner apologised to news anchor Alisyn Camerota back in the studio, and Camerota comforted her colleague and applauded her on her reporting on the ongoing health crisis.


She said:

We have been watching your reporting on the ground throughout this horrific year and we’ve all been struck by the grief – the collective grief – that all of us are in.

She added, ‘To see these families soldiering through it, who are persevering and having to have funerals in parking lots like the ones that you showed us; it’s a collective trauma that all of us are living through.’

Camerota went on to say that everyone appreciates the ‘heart’ that Sidner puts into her reporting as well as her ‘excellent reporting’.


During the CNN report, Sidner also homed in on how much the pandemic is affecting the country’s Black and Latino communities, and described them as ‘getting hit disproportionately’.

She said, ‘They are taking the brunt of this, and many of those people are the people that we rely on to live our daily lives.’

Sidner told viewers to not ‘let this be you’ following her report, and exaggerated the importance of taking precautions.

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She finished the segment by saying:

If you truly love your loved ones, don’t let this be you. Continue to take all the precautions. Take extra precautions. Exaggerate if you have to.

Sidner’s emotional coverage comes after it was announced that since the beginning of 2021, two people in the US have died from COVID every minute.


The data was collected by the COVID Tracking Project, and found that in the first week of 2021, 19,418 people died from the virus.

Sadly, scientists have warned that this number may get worse, before it gets better.

It’s okay to not panic about everything going on in the world right now. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization, click here.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

Topics: News, CNN, COVID, Now, US News


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