Sarah Elizabeth Cupp (born February 23, 1979) is an American conservative political commentator and writer. As of August 21, 2017, she began hosting S.E. Cupp: Unfiltered, a political panel show, co-hosted by Andrew Levy, Monday through Thursday on HLN.
She was a panelist on the CNN political debate show Crossfire, co-author of Why You're Wrong About the Right, with Brett Joshpe, and the sole author of Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity. She was on the panel for Real News From The Blaze featured on TheBlaze, was formerly a co-host of the afternoon MSNBC talk show The Cycle, and before that, a regular guest host on Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld.
Cupp was born in Carlsbad, California. During some of her younger and teenage years, she lived in Andover, Massachusetts and attended the Academy of Notre Dame. From age 6 until her late teens, she studied ballet. While attending ballet school, she battled eating disorders, suffering a relapse during her college years. In 2000, Cupp graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. While attending Cornell, she worked for The Cornell Daily Sun. In 2010, she earned a Master of Arts from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University with a concentration in Religious Studies.
After graduating from Cornell, she worked for an online magazine and a public relations company. In 2002, Cupp was hired by The New York Times to write and edit for the Index Department. She is also a contributor to Politico.com's The Arena and has been a frequent guest in the past on all three cable news channels – CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.
Her writings have appeared in several publications, including The Washington Post, New York Daily News, The American Spectator, Townhall, Newsmax, Human Events, Slate, Maxim, and The Daily Caller.
In 2009, Cupp was hired as a columnist at the Daily News.
In 2011, she was hired as a writer and commentator for Mercury Radio Arts, the organization owned and operated by Glenn Beck. Shortly after being hired by Beck, Cupp was given her own show, "S.E. Cupp" on the Insider Extreme broadcast found on Glennbeck.com. The show was moved to GBTV (now TheBlaze TV).
On June 25, 2012, she began co-hosting The Cycle on MSNBC with political strategist Krystal Ball, pop-culture commentator Touré, and senior Salon political writer Steve Kornacki. On July 5, 2012, Cupp said on The Cycle that she "would never vote for an atheist president." When asked to explain, Cupp said she felt that a president must not represent only 10 to 15 percent of the American populace and that faith served as a "check" on presidential power.
Cupp, who identifies as a Log Cabin Republican, said the Republican Party should support gay marriage. She describes herself as a "mainstream conservative" and criticized Ron Paul's foreign policy views along with his views on the Federal Reserve.
In March 2013, Cupp pulled out of a CPAC appearance because of its stance on homosexuality and gay marriage, saying that she "became increasingly uncomfortable [aligning] with an event, a great event in many ways, that had nonetheless attempted to marginalize a really important group of conservatives working on our behalf." Cupp denied that her employment at MSNBC influenced her position. She has since joined Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.
CNN announced on June 26, 2013, that Cupp would join a new version of Crossfire re-launching in the fall of 2013, with panelists Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, and Van Jones. Consequently, Cupp left MSNBC and The Cycle, following her final appearance on June 27, 2013.
Cupp met John Goodwin, former chief of staff to Representative Raúl Labrador, at the 2008 Republican Convention, and they began dating in 2011. They became engaged in September 2012, and were married in November 2013. She gave birth to a son, John Davies Goodwin III, in 2014.