Christiane Amanpour

Chief international correspondent, CNN, and host of Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour is chief international correspondent for CNN and, since 2009, anchor of the network’s award-winning nightly global affairs programme, Amanpour. Born in Iran, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a BA in journalism. In 1983 she became an assistant on the international assignment desk at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta. She rose to become a reporter at the New York bureau and, later, one of the network’s leading international correspondents.

In the wake of the September 11 attacks, she was the first to interview British prime minister Tony Blair, Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf and Afghan president Hamid Karzai. During the height of the Arab Spring, she conducted an Emmy-winning interview with Libya’s former leader Colonel Gadhafi, as well as Egypt’s now-deposed president Hosni Mubarak. Currently based in London, Amanpour has been inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. She is a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Centre for Public Integrity and the International Women’s Media Foundation.