Nicole Lapin is one of the brightest young stars in journalism today. The child of a former Nobel Prize nominee and a beauty queen, it is easy to see where Lapin gets her brains and her beauty. But, this 25-year-old first generation American has created her own niche as the face of online news and a powerful role model for young people worldwide.
Often described as the “Doogie Howser” of news, Lapin became the youngest anchor on CNN at 22. She started as one of the first anchors to launch CNN Pipeline, now CNN.com LIVE. Lapin is now an anchor at CNBC.
Reporting on the forefront of the digital revolution, Lapin contributed to various divisions of CNN, like CNN Headline News, CNN U.S. and CNN Student News, with what’s hot online.
With the idea that there are other young people like herself making a difference, Lapin launched a series “Young People Who Rock.” Each week, she profiled a different person under 30, from community leaders to politicians to entrepreneurs, doing amazing things. Her columns appeared on CNN.com on her own blog, followed by broadcast interviews.
In April 2009, Lapin accompanied Operation Smile’s Program Coordinator Damien De Clerk to Alexandria, Egypt. Lapin featured De Clerk on her “Young People Who Rock” segment and became a Celebrity Ambassador for Operation Smile after her mission experience in Alexandria.
In lieu of gifts for her birthday on March 7, Nicole Lapin raised smiles for Operation Smile on her OneSmile page.
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