TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Jumps in the Arctic Ocean to Prove a Point


First he contracted swine flu in Afghanistan, now CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is taking one for the team by jumping into the Arctic Ocean to test a medical theory.

Gupta has a jam-packed evening in New York tonight — he’s taping “The Colbert Report” then heading to the 92nd Street Y promoting his new book, Cheating Death. The book and a companion documentary are all about people who’ve survived extraordinary medical emergencies. It’s the first doc from new senior EP of CNN’s Health, Medical & Wellness unit Roni Selig.

For “Another Day: Cheating Death,” Gupta traveled to Norway to talk to an E.R. physician, who as a young medical school student, survived several hours in freezing water. She recovered despite her body temperature dipping to 56F. Her story supports the growing medical theory that, in some cases, hypothermia may actually help save lives since it allows the body’s metabolism to slow down enough to repair other damage.

And in taking one for the team, the recovering swine flu victim, even took a dip in the Arctic Ocean to demonstrate how quickly the body can become hypothermic.

“Another Day: Cheating Death,” premieres on CNN Saturday at 8pmET/PT. The book is out this week.

Mediabistro Course

Reel Reporting: Create Your Reel

Mediabistro Presents: ReelReporting Create Your ReelA good TV reporter won't go far without a standout Demo Reel! Starting November 13, MediabistroEDU and Reel Reporting offer a three-day series for students interested in hosting and news reporting. In this Los Angeles based course, students will learn from and work side-by-side TV agents and On-Air talent to better understand the hiring process and shoot their best reel yet. Register now!