Christiane Amanpour CBE, is a prominent journalist and television host who attended New Hall School from 1974 - 1976.
One of the worlds most recognisable and influential news journalists, Christiane has had a varied and exciting career in and out of the newsroom and has found success and praise from the result of other ventures.
Following her tenure at New Hall School, Christiane moved to the United States to continue her education at the University of Rhode Island, where she gained a B.A. degree in journalism in 1983.
The same year she was successful in landing a job with CNN as part of the foreign corresponding team in Atlanta, Georgia. She was rewarded for her success in the role by being assigned to cover the Iran-Iraq war, which led to her being transferred to Eastern Europe to cover the fall of European Communism in 1986, and transferred again in 1989 to Frankfurt, Germany to cover the democratic revolutions. All of this exposure did not go unnoticed and she was able to secure the role of correspondent for CNN’s New York bureau in 1990.
In the same year following Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait, Christiane reported on the Persian Gulf War, Bosnian War and other conflict zones. Due to her tenacity and determination during these troubling times, Christiane gained a reputation of being fearless when inserting herself and reporting from war zones and other troubled areas in crisis.
Over the course of her career with her initial run with CNN from 1992 – 2010, she became CNN’s chief international correspondent and saw her cover major crisis’ in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Somalia, Rwanda and even the United States during Hurricane Katrina to name a few. From 2009 – 2010 she also anchored her own show, Amanpour,
securing audiences with some of the world’s most prominent leaders including, Jacques Chirac, Hillary Clinton, Mohammad Khatami, Pervez Musharraf and was even the first international correspondent to interview Tony Blair following the events of 9/11.
Christiane left CNN briefly for ABC News in 2010 anchoring the show This Week
. However the following year she was able to secure a post corresponding for CNN also as part of CNN International and began a show in 2012 whilst still corresponding for ABC News as a global affairs editor.
Outside of journalism, Christiane has also had parts on the small screen in shows such as The Gilmore Girls,
and in film playing herself in Iron Man 2 and Pink Panther 2
. She has also performed voice over work in Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey
and an episode of Makers: Women Who Make America
Her success in the world of journalism has not been ignored, and Christiane has been recognised and awarded for her contributions on numerous occasions. Most notably she has received two Peabody awards in 1993 and 1998, an International Emmy from the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2005, a Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2011 and was named a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2007.
She in total she has won nine Emmy news/documentary awards and awarded a slew of honorary doctorates from several established universities. She is also director on the boards of the Committee to Protect Journalists, is an honorary board member of the Daniel Pearl Foundation
named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women