Christiane Amanpour


 I started watching CNN during the first Gulf War, which ended in 1991 and was Christiane Amanpour’s first major assignment. It was before the thought of being a journalist ever entered my brain, but I remember thinking, who is this woman, she’s pretty good?  Until then I had watched Bernie Shaw and Wolf Blitzer, the main men on CNN. But when Amanpour came along it added a strong female presence to the mix.

Since then, Amanpour—who was born in London and spent part of her childhood in Tehran, Iran—has reported on and from the world’s major hot spots including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Somalia, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Rwanda, the Balkans, and the U.S. during Hurricane Katrina, according to her biography on ABC. After 9/11 she was the first international correspondent to secure interviews with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac, and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. She has interviewed other world leaders from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including Iranian Presidents Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as the presidents of Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, and Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat.

Amanpour’s has received every major broadcast award, including an inaugural Television Academy Award, nine News and Documentary Emmys, four George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, an Edward R. Murrow award, and nine honorary degrees!

 In October, Amanpour was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was also made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her “highly distinguished, innovative contribution” to the field of journalism. In 1998, the city of Sarajevo named her an honorary citizen for her coverage of the Bosnia war.

Amanpour’s credentials say more than I ever could about her.  Catch her on TV if you can.

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