With the COVID-19 pandemic, Atlanta’s Sanjay Gupta is a ubiquitous presence on CNN

Originally posted Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Even when there is no pandemic happening, Atlanta-based CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta is normally a super busy man.

But lately, he has truly become the King of Ubiquitous, a mainstay on almost all the major CNN programs every day. 

On Tuesday, March 24, I  caught him on shows hosted by Jake Tapper, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon. He was probably on others as well.

This month, he has co-hosted a “Coronavirus: Fact or Fiction” town hall every Thursday at 10 p.m. with Cooper. Gupta also launched a daily podcast on the subject less than a month ago. It has since rocketed to the fifth most popular podcast on the Apple charts.

Gupta is one of the best known doctors in America this side of Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz

When he’s not on TV, the 50-year-old Michigan native is an Emory professor and a practicing neurosurgeon at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University Hospital. 

He joined CNN in 2001 and has been a frequent commentator and host over various past pandemics and disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquakes. 

The COVID-19 virus might be his biggest test yet as a broadcast journalist. 

How is CNN management helping prevent him from getting over worked and possibly getting sick himself?  I have reached out to CNN publicity but have not received a substantive on-the-record comment yet. I understand that everyone there is a wee bit busy. Though I have interviewed Gupta on occasion and met him a few times at events over the years, I do not have a direct contact. 

So this isn’t much of a story beyond me saying that he is everywhere on CNN and I expect that to remain the case for many months ahead. I hope to write a long, deep profile on the man at some point soon. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.