Interview with Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN
6:30 – 8:30 PM
BY INVITATION ONLY
Christiane Amanpour is CNN's chief international correspondent and anchor of Amanpour, a thirty-minute, daily interview show on CNNI starting in September 2009. In her eighteen years as an international correspondent, Ms. Amanpour has reported on all the major crises from the world's many hotspots, including Iraq, Afghanistan, the Palestinian territories, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans, and the United States during Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Amanpour joined CNN in 1983 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. Her first major assignment was the Gulf War, and she has since covered wars, famine, genocide, and natural disasters around the globe. She has secured exclusive interviews with world leaders from the Middle East to Europe to Africa and beyond, including Iranian Presidents Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as the presidents of Afghanistan, Sudan, and Syria, and Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat, among others. After 9/11 she was the first international correspondent to interview British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac, and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. Her work has earned many honors including an inaugural Television Academy Honor, nine News and Documentary Emmys, four George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, and an Edward R. Murrow award.
Funding for this event has been generously provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.