Christiane Amanpour the anchor of ABC’s Sunday morning political affairs programme is one of the world’s most respected journalists. Having covered many of the world’s most dangerous conflicts and interviewed the world’s top leaders, Christiane speaks about her own life experience and perspective. An informative, objective and insightful speaker.
Christiane Amanpour won worldwide acclaim for her reporting from some of the most dangerous places on the planet. Whether it was Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda or the Balkans, former CNN chief international correspondent Amanpour was there asking tough questions. The current host of ABC’s public affairs program This Week, Amanpour provides audiences with a penetrating look at domestic politics and policy from an international perspective.
Born on January 12, 1958, in London, the daughter of an English mother and Iranian father, she spent time in Iran while growing up. As a college student, Amanpour studied journalism. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island, Amanpour went to work behind the cameras as an electronic graphics designer at WJAR-TV in Providence. Remaining in Providence, Amanpour went on air as a radio reporter and producer for WBRU in 1981.
In 1983 Christiane Amanpour went to work for CNN, the cable news channel. She first gained notice for her 1985 report on Iran, which won the DuPont Award. Her coverage of the Bosnian crisis in the late 1980s set her on the path of becoming the internationally recognized correspondent she is today.
Upon becoming an international correspondent for CNN in 1990, her first major assignment was covering the Gulf War. She has since reported on and from the world’s major hot spots.
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 among others.
No international network correspondent has reported as continuously from all of the world’s trouble spots as much as Amanpour and few have her record of awards and journalistic accomplishments. During her distinguished career, Amanpour has won nine Emmy Awards and countless other honours for her work. In October 2010 she 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. She is the holder of two Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.
Christiane Amanpour is a heroic reporter whose balance and courageous coverage over the years has brought the impact of numerous world crises to a global audience.