One in a series of evenings and special screenings presented as part of The Paley Center for Media's Inside Media "She's Making News" events. Held at the Paley Center in New York, this evening celebrates the career of journalist and correspondent Christiane Amanpour. Host Pat Mitchell (president and CEO, The Paley Center for Media) offers opening remarks and then welcomes Amanpour to the stage.

The conversation touches on such topics as: her upcoming throat surgery; the decreased amount of "storytelling" in the news because of the dangers to journalists of on-site reporting; her preference for being in the field rather than in a studio; the events and guests of the recent United Nations General Assembly; the shift in reporting styles as a result of the "Arab Spring," or the wave of uprisings and demonstrations in the Middle East since 2010; her optimism and sense of the "moderate majority," often made up of young people and overshadowed by the "violent minority"; her sense that freedom is the "default setting" for humanity; the need for more "serious" dialogue and public debate about foreign policy in the United States; her childhood in Iran and the influence of her parents' dissimilar backgrounds; the need to "accept the story of the other" in reporting on and interacting with those from different cultures; her career in the United States, largely inspired by the "great pioneer" Ted Turner, as well as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite; her documentary looking "behind closed doors" in Iran and featuring footage of her father's birthday party, which eventually caused her to be banned from the country for five years; the "ethical dilemmas" of some good stories and her honesty with interview subjects; her dangerous experiences reporting from Bosnia, where journalists were specifically targeted; the "golden rule" of objectivity for reporters; a tense 1992 interview with President Clinton in which she questioned him on his policies regarding Bosnia; the later effect of her comments on the United States' action in Kosovo, Rwanda and Syria; her nine enjoyable years at "60 Minutes"; the negative aspects of modern social media, which can "fragmentize" important issues into forgettable sound bites; the inflammatory anti-Islam "Innocence of Muslims" video; the paradox of free speech; the rise of Islamaphobia thanks to extremist "fringe groups"; her show "Amanpour" and sense that American reporters are "too deferential" in comparison to more aggressive journalists in other nations; and America's surprisingly low educational rankings and her advice to young aspiring journalists.

Amanpour then closes the evening by reciting an excerpt from a speech by Edward R. Murrow.

Clips featuring Amanpour's work are interspersed throughout the program, including interviews with various world leaders; a return to her childhood home in Iran with her father; her documentary about the personal lives of Iranians; her 1992 interview with President Clinton from Sarajevo; her interview with child soldiers in Africa; a conversation with Palestinian teenagers; and an ABC debate about Islam and its portrayal in the media.


  • DATE: September 28, 2012 1:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:58:11
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: 107918
  • GENRE: Seminars


    • Pat Mitchell … Host
    • Christiane Amanpour … Guest
    • Bill Clinton
    • Edward R. Murrow
    • Ted Turner