Sanjay Gupta


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Sanjay Gupta is a native of Michigan, born in the year 1969. He did his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and later received his doctorate in Medicine from the Medical School of Michigan University. He married Rebecca Olson Gupta who is an attorney specializing in family law. They married in the year 2004 and reside in Atlanta with their three daughters.


Prior to working as medical correspondent in CNN, Gupta did his neurosurgical fellowships at the University Of Michigan Medical Centre and at the Semmes - Murphey Clinic located in Tennessee. He was the special advisor to First Lady Hillary Clinton, when he was selected as the White House Fellow in the year 1997. Gupta started working with CNN in the year 2001. He had reported on the September 11 attacks, and was with the medical unit at Iraq and Kuwait. He provided live coverage of the first operation done when the Iraq war was underway and has so far done five brain surgeries in the desert. He has covered the tsunami affected regions in Japan, emphasizing on the medical and radiation effects and also reported on the Haiti earthquake and the floods in Pakistan.


Gupta has been honored with several prestigious awards during his career as journalist and neurosurgeon. He won the Alfred I. DuPont Columbia Award in the year 2005 for his coverage of the 2004 Tsunami in Sri Lanka, an Emmy Award for outstanding feature story in 2006, Peabody Award for reporting on the Hurricane Katrina in 2006 and in 2010 for the reporting on the Gulf Oil disaster. He is also part of the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Association of Neurosurgical Surgeons, the Council of Foreign Relations, and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is also the diplomat of American Board of Neurosurgery and is a board member of the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong Foundation.

Sanjay Gupta is also an author and has written three books Chasing Life, Chasing Death, and Monday Mornings, all of them being bestsellers. He also writes for the CBS news magazine ‘60 Minutes’. In 2003, he appeared on the list of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive and USA Today’s pop culture icon list. He has also won the Humanitarian Award and the Journalist of the year award in 2004. Gupta was involved in a few controversies during his career including the incident where he was criticized for his inept reporting on the McCain health plan and the argument involving multiple medical screening advocated by him. His promotion of the vaccine Gardasil for cervical cancer was also criticized for his alleged covering up of the link between CNN and the pharmaceutical company. Recently, he apologized for not acknowledging the health benefits of marijuana in the documentary ‘WEED’.

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Quick Facts
Marital Status: Married
Profession: Medical correspondent
Children: Three daughters
Wife: Rebecca Olson Gupta
Date of Birth: October 23, 1969
Nationality: American
Employer: CNN, CNN Health
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Last Modified : Mar 27 2016