Clarissa Ward is a senior international correspondent based in CNN's London Bureau. Ward has reported for more than a decade from the front lines of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other middle eastern countries.
Ward has won numerous awards for her reporting including the George Foster Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, four Emmy Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award for distinguished journalism, as well as honors from the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association.
Prior to her career at CNN, Ward served as a foreign correspondent at CBS News where she contributed to "60 Minutes" and distinguished herself with in-depth reporting from Syria. She has entered the country more than a dozen times since the civil war began in March 2011. In 2014, while on an undercover assignment, Ward became the only Western journalist to have interviewed an American jihadist fighter inside Syria since the start of the civil war.
Before joining CBS, Ward spent two years in Moscow and two years in Beijing working for ABC News where she covered the 2011 tsunami in Japan and the 2008 global food crisis. Her coverage received an Emmy Award for Business and Financial Reporting. Ward began her career in journalism in 2002 as an intern at CNN's Moscow Bureau.
She speaks six languages including Arabic, French, Italian, Russian, Mandarin and Spanish. Ward graduated with distinction from Yale University. In 2013, she received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Middlebury College in Vermont.