Christiane Amanpour is an award-winning journalist and the Chief International Correspondent for CNN, based in London. She has interviewed many world leaders, including the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad.
Amanpour was born in London, England in 1958, to an Iranian father and an English-Irish mother. Her parents moved to Tehran, Iran shortly after her birth and she was raised in an affluent neighborhood in the city. She attended the New School of Oxford in England, and then went on to study journalism at the University of Rhode Island.
After graduating, Amanpour began her career as a reporter for CNN in Atlanta, Georgia in 1983. She then relocated to London in 1989 to cover the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the end of the Cold War. During this time, she reported from many of the most violent and dangerous countries in the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and the former Yugoslavia.
In the late 1990s, Amanpour was promoted to Chief International Correspondent for CNN, and in 2005 she was honored with a Peabody Award for her coverage of the genocide in Darfur. In 2006, she was awarded an Emmy for her coverage of the conflict in Iraq.
Throughout her career, Amanpour has been a passionate advocate for freedom of the press and human rights. She has interviewed numerous world leaders, including the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad. She is also well-known for her interviews with former British prime minister Tony Blair and other high-profile figures in the media.
In addition to her work as a journalist, Amanpour is an active supporter of various charities and non-profits, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Amanpour has received numerous awards and honors for her reporting, including the Emmy Award, the Peabody Award, the Courage in Journalism Award, and the President’s Medal of Freedom. She has also been nominated for Academy Awards for her coverage of the conflict in the Middle East.
Christiane Amanpour is an internationally acclaimed journalist and humanitarian who has dedicated her life to bringing attention to some of the world’s most pressing issues. Her work has helped to open the eyes of millions of people to the realities of war, poverty, and injustice.