CNN 10 is back without Carl Azuz, Coy Wire filling in

Alexandra Ciufudean September 12, 2022
CNN 10 is back without Carl Azuz, Coy Wire filling in


CNN 10 returned for a new season on Monday, September 12th, but with a surprising host shake-up. Instead of longtime anchor Carl Azuz, viewers were greeted by sports correspondent Coy Wire.

As they tune in for a new season of the popular 10-minute news digest, fans wonder what happened to Carl Azuz and whether his apparent replacement could be permanent.

While most are delighted by the return of the show, which has become somewhat of a classroom staple across the US, the change left many viewers disappointed.

So far, CNN has not released any updates on Azuz’s absence.

Carl Azuz hosting CNN 10 on January 18, 2021. Screenshot via CNN 10 YouTube channel

CNN 10 returns without Carl Azuz, Coy Wire filling in

Originally known as CNN Student News, the show is a 10-minute daily news digest for students older than 13 and anyone else who wants to learn about global events explained in a clear, accessible way. The previous season ended in late May 2022 and its return was expected to synch up with the new school year.

When September rolled around with no update, regular viewers started to worry that something had happened with the show. Finally, after a couple of attempts, on September 9th CNN 10 announced it would return “with a new look and new segments.”

On Monday, September 12th, the new season kicked off with an episode covering the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, and an update on NASA’s upcoming moon mission.

However, the much-anticipated episode did not see the return of longtime host Carl Azuz, whose segments had become a fixture in many classrooms. Over the years, Azuz has covered topics from the war in Iraq to food fads and the impact of technology on teens, all explained in an easy-to-digest format for students and people on the go.

Monday’s new host, CNN sports anchor and correspondent Coy Wire, did not offer an explanation as to what happened to Azuz or whether the shake-up would be temporary.

Fans wonder what happened to Carl Azuz

Despite CNN 10’s promise to return with “a new look”, the broadcaster has not made any official announcements about potentially replacing Azuz. His CNN profile still lists him as the anchor of CNN 10 and neither Azuz and nor the new anchor, Coy Wire, have posted about it on their social media.

While some tweets have hinted at CNN 10 having replaced Azuz during their summer hiatus, that rumor has not been confirmed by any of the parties involved.

A number of Azuz’s fans have even taken to emailing CNN about the shake-up, while others worry the longtime anchor might be absent due to health issues. “I was afraid maybe Carl was sick or something, and that’s why the delays kept happening,” one redditor wrote in a thread discussing CNN 10’s return.

“The show just isn’t the same without Carl,” another redditor posted, a sentiment that seems to be echoed across social media platforms.

Who is CNN’s Coy Wire?

Monday’s CNN 10 anchor, Coy Wire, is a former NFL player turned CNN sports anchor and correspondent in 2015.

A Pennsylvania native, Wire played college football as a linebacker and safety for Stanford before going into the NFL. He went on to play six seasons for the Buffalo Bills between 2002 and 2007, then switching to the Atlanta Falcons from 2008 to 2010.

After retiring as a professional footballer, Wire spent some time working as a sports analyst for Fox News before joining CNN full-time in 2015. As anchor and sports correspondent, Wire hosts daily Bleacher Report segments, and appears regularly on programs such as Early Start, New Day and CNN Newsroom, as well as HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade and Weekend Express with Susan Hendricks.

Away from his media work, Wire is married to the “love of his life”, his wife Claire, with whom he tied the knot in 2008. The couple have two children together – daughters Wrenn and Ruby, born in 2018 and 2020 respectively.

Wire’s social media accounts are full of candid family photos and work snaps, but no word on what happened to CNN 10 or whether Wire is to replace Carl Azuz as host.

CNN 10 viewers miss Carl Azuz

As viewers tune in for the Monday episode of CNN 10’s new season, some are taking to Twitter to express their disappointment at Azuz’s absence.

Others are taking a more level-headed approach, reminding educators that media literacy lessons come in all shapes and sizes.

“We teach students to look at issues from a variety of perspectives. That should be true for news sources as well,” a thread addressed to teachers began.

Tackling Azuz’s absence, the same poster added: “Yes, Carl Azuz is (was) great at making news accessible to students, and some will miss the puns, but this is a chance for #medialiteracy to be tackled more than during Media Literacy week or one-off lessons.”

Meanwhile, others yet seemed to be resorting to desperate measures – stalking Carl Azuz’s TikTok (he apparently has one).

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Alexandra is Head of Entertainment at The Focus, managing a growing team of outstanding graduate and experienced writers. She has worked previously as an editor, writer and content specialist across web, video and social platforms and has a bachelor's in English Linguistics and a master's in Comparative Literature.