Christiane Amanpour is CNN's chief international correspondent based in London. Amanpour has reported on most crises from many of the world's hotspots, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans, to name just a few. Her assignments have ranged from exclusive interviews with numerous world leaders to reporting from the heart of war zones for which she has received wide acclaim, particularly for her extensive coverage of the conflict in the Balkans.
For her reporting from the Balkans, Amanpour received a News and Documentary Emmy, two George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, a Courage in Journalism Award, a Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival Gold Award and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. She also was named 1994 Woman of the Year by the New York Chapter of Women in Cable and Telecommunications, and she helped the network win a duPont Award for its coverage of Bosnia and a Golden CableACE for its Gulf War coverage. Amanpour has been awarded a number of other prizes.
Amanpour's 1991 Gulf War reporting also received the Breakthrough Award from Women, Men and Media. Her contribution to the 1985 four-week series, Iran: In the Name of God, helped CNN earn its first duPont award.
Amanpour began her CNN career in 1983 as an assistant on the network's international assignment desk in Atlanta. She has since worked in CNN's New York and Frankfurt bureaux. She is also a contributor to CBS News' 60 Minutes, the first reporter ever to broker this kind of dual assignment.
Recently, Amanpour was named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists. This honour recognises significant contributions to journalism.