Performances

HOST

Michelle Kosinski

Michelle Kosinski is CNN's senior diplomatic correspondent responsible for covering the State Department. Previously, Kosinski served as the network's White House correspondent during the Obama administration. She joined the network in 2014 and contributes to all CNN programs and platforms. Kosinski is based in the Washington, D.C. bureau.

Previously, Kosinski served as NBC News foreign correspondent based in London, where she reported for "BC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Today Show MSNBC and CNBC. Named to this position in 2005, Kosinski covered a wide range of domestic and international stories for the network, including the earthquake in Haiti, the aftermath of the Arab Spring, military handover in Afghanistan, terrorist plots and bombings in Europe, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, and US-Russia relations from Moscow. Kosinski also covered the Alexander Litvinenko poisoning case in London, the Virginia Tech shootings, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. She also received an Emmy for her role in the coverage of the 2008 presidential election.

Prior to her work at NBC News, Kosinski reported for WTVJ-NBC 6 in Miami, Fla. where she received an Emmy for reporting on immigration issues. She was also named 2005 Woman of the Year by South Florida Women in Communications.


PERFORMERS

TREVOR NOAH

Trevor Noah is the most successful African comedian and the host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. This year “The Daily Show” has been nominated for a Writers Guild Award (Comedy/Variety Series). Noah joined “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor.

Noah debuted his 9th new comedy special “Afraid of the Dark” in February 2017 on Netflix. The special was shot before a packed house in New York City at the Beacon Theatre on November 5, 2016. Last year, Noah debuted his one-hour stand-up special, Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation, on Comedy Central. Noah was the subject of David Paul Meyer's award-winning documentary film You Laugh But It's True which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa. His Showtime comedy special, Trevor Noah: African American premiered in 2013. He was nominated for "Personality of the Year" at the 2014 and 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards and won the award in 2015. Trevor's success has also spanned to sold out shows over 5 continents.


PERFORMERS

CHRISTOPHER DUFFLEY

Christopher Duffley is a 17-year-old musician, gifted speaker and podcaster who happens to be blind and living with autism.

He became a YouTube sensation when a video of him singing “Open the Eyes of My Heart” became viral in 2012, with its collective viewing exceeding 65 million. To this day, it continues to be shared, impacting tens of millions of people while being translated into many languages all over the world. Christopher travels coast to coast, entertaining, evangelizing and inspiring audiences on multiple platforms. Christopher has appeared on ABC’s digital 20/20 Series, Young and Gifted and many TV and radio programs.

Christopher released his first cd, “Eyes of My Heart”, in 2013. Demand for more music swelled and the “Believer” project, was released in August of 2015 also featuring his sister, Grace Duffley. He has returned to the studio to produce four original songs while he continues to host his very own podcast, “Mission Possible” that launched in April of 2016. This 10-minute podcast is free on iTunes as it continues to send out the message, that anything is possible.

Christopher speaks professionally at conferences, churches, schools and disability awareness events. He recently placed first in a national speaking competition, Advance Your Reach. One of judges, Michael Port, actor, NY Times best-selling author, and professional speaker commented, "This is one of the most inspirational speeches that I have heard in a very long time."

a picture of Christopher Duffley