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Christiane Amanpour

International War Correspondent & Author

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Christiane Amanpour on courage, experiencing the Iranian revolution, and becoming a war correspondent.
Christiane Amanpour is a world renowned war correspondent and news anchor. She is currently CNN’s Chief International Correspondent and Anchor of Amanpour, a nightly foreign affairs program on CNN International, and the Global Affairs Anchor for ABC News, contributing to multiple programs and anchoring primetime specials. After completing her primary education in Iran, she attended boarding school in England at the age of 11. After graduating from New Hall School in Chelmsford, Essex, Amanpour moved to the United States to study journalism at the University of Rhode Island. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in journalism and began working at local news stations. In 1983, she was hired by CNN as an entry-level assistant on the network’s international assignment desk in Atlanta. She worked her way up to correspondent in CNN’s New York bureau before becoming an international correspondent in 1990.   Over the course of her illustrious career spanning three decades, Amanpour has reported from every major world news event and hotspot, including Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, the Palestinian territories, Iran, Sudan, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans, Egypt, Libya, throughout Europe and the United States. She has interviewed many of the world’s top leaders, including Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Prime Ministers of Israel, and Moammar Gadhafi and Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring.   She has earned every major television journalism award including an inaugural Television Academy Honor, nine News and Documentary Emmy® Awards, four George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, an Edward R. Murrow award, and a Giants of Broadcasting honor from the Library of American Broadcasting. She has also received nine honorary degrees. She is a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), a citation bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II in 2007, a board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Women’s Media Foundation, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Honorary Citizen of the City of Sarajevo for her “personal contribution to spreading the truth.”

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War is not Child-Proof
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September 11th & Baby
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Witness to Revolution
The Islamic Revolution in Iran left a lasting impression on Christiane Amanpour. 

Asking Tough Questions
Amanpour's job is to hold the most powerful people in the world accountable for their actions.

Definitely Not Armchair Journalism
Amanpour on the need for war correspondents, in an era of opinion journalism.

Challenging President Clinton
Amanpour describes a tense encounter with President Clinton during a  foreign policy speech on Sarajevo hosted by CNN.