Top 30 Most Beautiful and Talent CNN Anchors, Reporters in 2023/2024
CNN (Cable News Network) is an American multinational news network headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Ted Turner and Reese Schonfeld founded the news channel in 1980, and it has been instrumental in global news coverage and conveying stories that affect people all over the world.
CNN was the first television network in the United States to provide 24-hour news coverage, as well as the first all-news network. Warner Bros (WBD), a New York-based media conglomerate, currently owns it.
The reporters, anchors, and producers at CNN are decked out from head to toe. Female CNN anchors receive extra praise for their stunning on-screen presence and impressive oratory skills.
Since many people already know and trust CNN, the network’s news anchors and reporters have a leg up on the competition. Prime time shows can teach, inform, and amuse viewers. CNN is seen in over 200 countries and has over 4,000 employees in those locations.
Among them are a number of beautiful and talented female reporters. We admire female CNN reporters’ bravery, dedication, and fearlessness in the face of difficulties and dangers in the United States and around the world.
This is the priceless soul beauty that lies beneath female CNN reporters’ attractiveness and charm.
As a result, selecting and ranking the most attractive and talented reporters and anchors is extremely difficult (Rankings Alphabetically by KnowInsiders 2023).
Birthday: August 27, 1983
In New York, Zain Asher works as an anchor for CNN International. She hosts One World with Zain Asher on CNN International every weekday at 12 p.m. ET.
She is the author of ‘Where the Children Take Us: How One Family Achieved the Unimaginable’ (Amistad), a new memoir that recounts the difficult struggle of her mother to raise four children as an immigrant widow in South London.
Asher also serves as the host of Marketplace Africa, a weekly business program on CNN International that focuses on the continent and its position in global markets. Asher frequently conducts CEO and world leader interviews for the program.
For CNN, Asher has anchored significant breaking news and business stories such as the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the Covid-19 pandemic, the US-China trade war, the August 2020 Beirut explosion, anti-police violence protests in Nigeria, racial and economic inequality in America, the passing of both Fidel Castro and boxing legend Muhammad Ali, and the 2013 terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon.
Asher was a member of a CNN team sent to Nigeria in 2014 to cover the Boko Haram militants’ abduction of numerous schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria. A prestigious 2014 Peabody Award was given in recognition of CNN’s coverage of the horrific kidnapping.
Asher previously worked as a CNN business correspondent, where he reported on the New York Stock Exchange’s stock market, the monetary policy of the US Federal Reserve, and high-profile IPOs.
Asher worked as a career and investing reporter for Money magazine before joining CNN. Asher worked as a general assignment reporter for News 12 in the greater New York region before joining MONEY.
Asher, who was born and raised in London, received a degree in French and Spanish from Oxford University, where she also earned a distinction in oral Spanish. She graduated with an MS in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2006.
She is fluent in Igbo, a dialect of Nigeria, French, and Spanish.
Birthday: July 28, 1983
The co-anchor of CNN News Central, which airs weekdays from 9am to 12pm ET, is Kate Bolduan.
She previously served as the anchor and host of CNN’s At This Hour, where she dug beneath the surface to bring viewers important live events as they happened, shrewd analysis of trending issues, and news-making interviews with important figures in politics and beyond.
Bolduan co-anchored New Day and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, and he hosted State of America on CNN International. Bolduan was crucial to the network’s historic coverage of the 2020 presidential election during the coronavirus pandemic, providing live coverage from Pennsylvania, a crucial battleground state, confirming Joe Biden’s victory.
The first television interview with Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten was conducted by Bolduan in 2019. In that same year, she also managed to secure an exclusive interview with the Syrian defector known only by his codename Caesar regarding the illegally documented and smuggled out human rights abuses. Members of Congress gave the interview credit for helping a sanctions package bearing Caesar’s name to pass. 2018 saw Bolduan reporting from Afghanistan with an exclusive interview of the top American commander there and securing Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, for CNN’s first interview on his call to disband the social media behemoth.
Bolduan previously covered the activities of the US House of Representatives and US Senate for CNN as a congressional correspondent. She also worked as a general assignment correspondent, leading the network’s coverage of other Supreme Court cases like the Chicago gun rights case McDonald v. City of Chicago, the battle over religious freedom in Salazar v. Buono, the death penalty, violent video games, and campaign finance. She also assisted in leading the coverage of the historic Supreme Court arguments over the Affordable Care Act and was present for them.
Providing breaking news coverage and feature stories for more than 800 CNN Newsource affiliates, Bolduan joined CNN in 2007 as a national correspondent for CNN Newsource. In her time with Newsource, Bolduan traveled across the country to cover other national headlines, including the 2008 presidential election. Bolduan worked as a general assignment reporter for Raleigh, North Carolina’s WTVD-TV before joining CNN Newsource. In Washington, D.C., she worked as a production assistant for NBC News and MSNBC to start her career in television.
The George Washington University awarded Bolduan a bachelor’s degree in journalism, which she received Phi Beta Kappa.
She is based in the network’s New York City bureau.
Birthday: November 29, 1983
The chief investigative correspondent and anchor for CNN is Pamela Brown. The network’s award-winning investigative team is led by Brown, who also fills in as an anchor during the week.
Previously, Brown covered the former president Donald Trump’s administration for all of the network’s programs and platforms as senior White House and Washington correspondent for CNN. The special counsel’s investigation into the former president’s campaign, two impeachment trials, the Covid pandemic, the contentious travel ban and child separation policies, missile strikes in Syria, and the firing of FBI Director James Comey were all topics that Brown covered in his reporting on the Trump administration. The first criminal charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller were first reported by Brown and her colleagues. They also exclusively covered Robert Mueller’s team meeting with the creator of the Russia dossier and broke numerous stories about the investigation’s inner workings. Prior to that, Brown covered the U.S. Supreme Court, law enforcement, and national security as CNN’s justice correspondent. The San Bernardino terrorist attack, the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in France, and the Germanwings suicide plane crash were just a few of the high-profile stories Brown broke while serving in that capacity. Brown has covered numerous breaking news stories around the globe, including those in France, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and Japan. Since joining CNN in 2013, Brown has been nominated for Emmys for her reporting on the attacks at the Manchester concert and the Pulse nightclub.
At ABC7/WJLA-TV and NewsChannel8 in Washington, D.C., where she started her career, Brown covered numerous domestic and international stories as a Sunday evening anchor and an Emmy®-nominated special projects reporter. In January 2010, Brown was one of the few local journalists to visit the earthquake-scarred nation of Haiti. She later went back on her own to document the city of Port-au-Prince’s and surrounding areas’ reconstruction.
Brown studied broadcast journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. Brown is on track to complete her program at the George Washington University’s School of Law in 2023 as she works toward a Master of Studies in Law degree.
Birthday: July 2, 1976
The dynamic nightly news program Erin Burnett OutFront, which features in-depth analysis and compelling newsmaker interviews, is hosted by Erin Burnett. Weeknights at 7 p.m. ET, CNN simulcasts Erin Burnett OutFront on CNN International. Additionally, Burnett works as the chief business and economics correspondent for CNN.
Erin Burnett has written extensively about the conflict in Ukraine and covered the Russian invasion firsthand. Burnett was a pioneer in the coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. While she has consistently used her in-demand analysis to fact-check and hold the Trump and Biden administrations responsible, she has also concentrated on the accounts of those who have suffered and given up.
In addition to hosting CNN town halls with presidential candidates, including current President Joe Biden and vice president Kamala Harris, Burnett moderated the 2020 CNN/New York Times Democratic presidential primary debate in Westerville, Ohio.
Burnett has spent her entire time at CNN covering breaking news on the ground, from the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks to the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Orlando and Hurricane Sandy. She has reported from many different places, including Cuba, Iran, Afghanistan, and various countries in Africa and Asia. Her investigation into the financing of terrorism led to the discovery of a Qatari financier, who the US Treasury Department later designated as a foreign terrorist. A documentary titled “The Truth About Benghazi” is included in Burnett’s coverage of national security.
In addition, “The Trump Family Business” by Burnett examines the business dealings of the former president Trump, and the film also takes a close look at American women on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
From CNBC, where she anchored two signature shows and made contributions to Meet the Press, Burnett joined CNN. Burnett reported from Cairo during the Egyptian Revolution and from Nigeria following the attempted terrorist bombing of a flight bound for Detroit while she was employed by CNBC/NBC News. Additionally, Burnett created and hosted documentaries on Africa, Dubai, Iraq, Russia, and India.
Burnett, her husband, and their three young children reside in New York City.
Birthday: February 23, 1979
S.E. Cupp is a conservative realist and political commentator for CNN. She brings her unique perspective to CNN programming and specialized political coverage. The most recent episode of Cupp’s weekly program SE Cupp Unfiltered on CNN covered the hotly debated intersection of politics and media. She had previously hosted a panel-driven HLN program where current national issues were discussed. In 2013 she began contributing to CNN, and in 2017 she became a host on HLN.
Before joining CNN and HLN, Cupp hosted a digital series on CNN.com called S.E. Cupp’s Outside With Insiders, where she took political insiders hiking and camping. Past visitors have included, among others, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) and Governor Scott Walker (R-WI). During the relaunched political debate program “Crossfire” on CNN in 2013, Cupp co-hosted it with panelists Van Jones, Stephanie Cutter, and Newt Gingrich. Cupp co-hosted the roundtable program The Cycle on MSNBC before joining CNN as a host and political commentator.
As a political columnist, culture critic, author, and consultant, Cupp is still widely read. She frequently contributes articles to CNN.com, Glamour, and the New York Daily News. Both “Why You’re Wrong About the Right” and “Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity” were written by Cupp and Brett Joshpe. She previously served as a consultant for The Newsroom on HBO and The Morning Show on Apple TV+, which stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. She has worked as a contributing editor for Townhall Magazine and a contributor to TheBlaze’s Real News.
Cupp, a Massachusetts native, moved to Connecticut from Washington, D.C. and now works out of the CNN New York bureau. She holds a master’s degree from New York University and graduated from Cornell University, where she also serves as an advisory member for their Institute of Politics and Global Affairs. Cupp enjoys camping, fishing, and hunting with her family in her free time. She has a son and is married.
Birthday: March 24, 1980
Based in the London bureau, Amanda Davies is a sports anchor for CNN International.
Amanda has led CNN’s ‘World Sport’ coverage for numerous significant events since joining the network in April 2012. The Olympics (both summer and winter), the World Cups of football, the Champions League Finals, the Tour de France, and the World Athletics Championships are all included in this.
The downfall of Lance Armstrong, the FIFA corruption scandal, the Russian doping scandal, the passing of Oscar Pistorious’ girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Leicester City’s incredible Premier League run, and the retirement of football legend Sir Alex Ferguson are just a few of the major sports news stories Amanda has led.
Along with serving as an anchor for CNN “World Sport,” Amanda has hosted a number of sponsored programs on the network, most notably “The Circuit,” which followed the Formula One calendar around the world, broadcast live from the pit lane on race weekends, and conducted interviews with the top figures in the industry, including Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time F1 World Champion.
Serena Williams, David Beckham, Usain Bolt, Michael Schumacher, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar, Roger Federer, Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins, and Gianni Infantino are just a few of the well-known athletes Amanda has spoken with.
Amanda worked as a presenter for the BBC before joining CNN, where she covered sports for the network’s weekend flagship bulletins and BBC Breakfast. She also served as the host of the weekly magazine program “Your News” and the international football show “Sports World Have Your Say” on BBC World News.
In the beginning of her career, Amanda worked in production for Sky Sports and Sky Sports News. She graduated with a Master’s in Geography from the University of Oxford, where she also won the esteemed Philip Geddes Memorial Journalism Prize. Amanda, who now resides in West London, was born in Manchester.
Birthday: June 15, 1978
Senior global affairs analyst and temporary anchor for CNN, Bianna Golodryga is based in New York.
Golodryga previously worked as a co-anchor for “CBS This Morning” before joining CNN full-time. In that capacity, she oversaw the network’s coverage of President George H.W. Bush’s funeral and led a number of news-making interviews, including an exclusive with Huawei’s CEO, who was speaking to a U.S. journalist for the first time. She had previously filled in on the CBS Evening News and made appearances on Face the Nation, Sunday Morning, and CBSN, the division’s 24-hour digital streaming network. In August 2017, Golodryga reported from her hometown of Houston while working as a correspondent for CBS, where she covered Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath. She oversaw CBS News’ coverage of significant breaking news events like the Las Vegas concert shooting and First Lady Barbara Bush’s funeral.
Golodryga also became a contributor for CNN on a part-time basis in 2017. She contributed to CNN’s coverage of everything from stock market volatility, the President’s historic 2018 summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, to the Mueller investigation with her knowledge of financial news and Russian political affairs. Previously, Golodryga co-anchored “Good Morning America’s” weekend edition and worked as ABC News’ business correspondent. She was the news and finance anchor for Yahoo News before that.
In 2001, Golodryga started working as a bureau producer for the cable news network CNBC out of the New York Stock Exchange. Golodryga worked in the financial services industry before beginning her career in television.
The University of Texas at Austin Pro Bene Meritis Award, the Keystone Policy Center Leadership Award, and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program, Good Morning America, are just a few of the accolades and awards that Golodryga has received.
Golodryga earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian/East European and Eurasian Studies as well as a minor in economics from the University of Texas at Austin. She speaks Russian with ease.
Birthday: May 24, 1985
CNN anchor and chief national affairs analyst Kasie Hunt. She contributes to CNN US and reports there, covering local and breaking news.
Hunt leaves NBC News after more than eight years, where she most recently served as the host of Way Too Early and a frequent Morning Joe contributor before hosting KasieDC on Sunday nights. Hunt also worked as the Capitol Hill Correspondent for NBC News and was a major contributor to the network’s coverage of the 2020 election. She started out regularly appearing on MSNBC as a political reporter before transitioning into a political correspondent before becoming an anchor. She then joined NBC News as an off-air reporter and producer covering Congress and politics. In 2016 and 2020, Hunt covered establishment and rebel candidates for NBC News on both sides of the political spectrum. She first spoke with Donald Trump in Iowa in 2013 and was the first reporter to speak with him after he declared his candidacy for president in 2015. She pressed him about his explosive claims that Mexican immigrants are bringing drugs and crime across the border in his Trump Tower office. In 2020, she conducted a live radio interview with Joe Biden from South Carolina at a pivotal time in his campaign to gather steam and overtake his rivals to win the 2020 nomination.
Hunt oversaw the NBC News investigative team that won the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award in 2018 for its coverage of allegations of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.
Prior to joining NBC, she covered the Affordable Care Act’s passage as the lead Associated Press reporter on Mitt Romney’s campaign plane in 2012 and for National Journal’s CongressDaily. She contributed to Politico as well, writing about the 2010 midterm elections. As an NBC News political unit intern, Hunt began her journalism career.
Hunt works out of the CNN bureau in Washington, D.C. With her husband, fellow journalist Matt Rivera, and one son, she resides in the Washington, D.C., area.
Birthday: September 21, 1980
From the Washington, DC bureau, Brianna Keilar co-anchors “CNN News Central”‘s 1-4pET block. She previously served as the host of CNN’s “New Day.”
In the past, Keilar served as the host of “CNN Right Now,” which aired weekdays at 1 p.m. and featured reporting on the day’s most important stories as well as frank interviews with influential newsmakers. Keilar was essential to the network’s expanded coverage of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the year 2020. Through her regular “Roll the Tape” segments on a variety of political topics and figures, she has also pushed for greater governmental accountability. In an effort to bridge the gap between the military and civilian worlds, Keilar also writes the Home Front column, which focuses on military families.
Keilar covered significant stories on politics, policy, and breaking news in Washington as CNN’s senior Washington correspondent before taking over as an anchor in November 2018. Keilar was the main reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the Democratic candidates during the 2016 presidential campaign. In addition, Keilar covered the Obama administration for CNN as a senior White House correspondent, reporting from both Washington, D.C., and other locations. She covered a number of significant stories for the network in this position, ranging from Obamacare to the government shutdown, for which she was honored with the 2014 Aldo Beckman Memorial Award from the White House Correspondents’ Association. Keilar also covered the Democratic National Convention, President Obama’s campaign, and the network’s Emmy Award-winning election night coverage during America’s Choice 2012 coverage.
Keilar worked as a congressional correspondent before covering the White House, where she was in charge of documenting both the House and Senate’s activities. She received the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress from the National Press Foundation for her reporting in the fall of 2008 on the $700 billion bank bailout. Before reporting on Congress, Keilar worked for the network as a general assignment correspondent, covering a variety of stories, such as the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, where she was the first CNN correspondent on the scene.
As a correspondent for CNN Newsource, Keilar first joined the network in 2006. She covered breaking news stories and reported from the capital for about 800 CNN Newsource partner stations. As an anchor, reporter, and producer for a CBS newscast that aired on mtvU, MTV’s college network, she left CBS News to work for Newsource. She also worked as a substitute anchor for Up to the Minute, CBS News’ overnight newscast, and as a contract reporter for Weekend Edition of the CBS Evening News.
Prior to joining CBS, Keilar worked as a general assignment reporter for KIMA-TV, a CNN and CBS affiliate in Yakima, Washington. She was a morning show host and weekend news reader for radio during that time as well. As a production assistant and intern at KTVU-TV, a CNN and FOX affiliate in San Francisco, Keilar got her start in journalism.
Keilar earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and mass communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Follow Brianna on Twitter @BriKeilarCNN and on Instagram @BriannaKeilar.
Birthday: January 10, 1983
Lynda Kinkade works as an anchor for CNN International from the network’s Atlanta headquarters. In addition to hosting CNN Newsroom on Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. ET, she appears on Connect the World and Hala Gorani Tonight.
Since joining CNN in 2014, Kinkade has reported on a wide range of breaking news events, including violent protests from Hong Kong to Chile, terrorist attacks in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, Hurricanes Florence, Harvey, and Maria, as well as the defeat of ISIS in the Iraqi city of Mosul. She reportedly also wrote extensively about the Trump administration, Russian election meddling, and the ongoing impeachment investigation.
Kinkade anchored CNN’s breaking news coverage following the 2015 Paris terror attacks on CNN/U.S. and CNN International, helping the network win the 2016 Royal Television Society Award for Best Breaking News Coverage.
One of the most popular stories on CNN Digital in 2017 was a compelling report by Kinkade on the U.S. opioid crisis. She also participated in CNN’s Emmy Award-nominated live coverage of the attack at the Manchester concert and was able to secure an exclusive interview with Muhammad Ali’s twin daughters following his passing in 2016.
In addition to reporting live from schools on #MyFreedomDay to raise awareness of human trafficking, Kinkade has been crucial to CNN’s coverage of The CNN Freedom Project, the network’s initiative that highlights contemporary slavery. She has also contributed to coverage of the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report.
Kinkade worked for Seven Network Australia before joining CNN, most recently in New York, where she hired crews and satellite trucks, pitched stories, produced, and filed reports on a variety of stories, including the polar vortex, the deadly Harlem gas explosion, and Boeing’s first space taxi. On the network’s national public affairs program Today Tonight, she had previously worked in Melbourne for five years, covering stories like the deadly Black Saturday bushfires, the Australian Open, and the G’Day USA campaign from California.
Kinkade spent four years at the assignment desk, anchor desk, and finally as a reporter for the Sydney-based Nine Network Australia before joining Seven Network Australia. The former Australian prime ministers John Howard, Kevin Rudd, and Julia Gillard as well as actors Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, and former U.S. vice president Al Gore have all been subjects of her interviews.
In addition to her work as a journalist, Kinkade has volunteered her time to moderate a number of forums and raise money for charities like the Sydney Symphony, Heartkids NSW, the Epworth Hospital, and the USA Brain Tumor Alliance.
Kinkade earned a distinction-level Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Birthday: May 1, 1990
CNN reporter and anchor Bianca Nobilo is based in London. Along with Max Foster and Bianca Nobilo, she co-hosts the CNN Newsroom, which can be seen every day at 9am BST on CNN and CNN International.
Nobilo has reported extensively on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and the subsequent Brexit negotiations since joining CNN in 2013. She gave extensive coverage to the general election of 2019 as well as to Boris Johnson’s hospitalization for COVID-19 and the pandemic. She has spoken with several members of the UK cabinet, and she frequently reports on European politics from Brussels.
She had a rare and exclusive interview with John Bercow, the Speaker of the British House of Commons, in February 2019. In the interview, Bercow defended his objectivity and his function as a “referee” for the Brexit vote.
Nobilo has reported as well as hosted The Global Brief and served as the anchor for CNN Today and International Desk.
Nobilo played a significant role in the planning and news gathering for CNN International’s political coverage as a producer of politics. She reported on the Westminster and London Bridge terrorist attacks, the British general election, OPEC summits, and the start of Article 50 in 2017.
Additionally, Nobilo has secured exclusive interviews with the Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. She also spoke with George Osborne about Nigel Farage, the Brexit architect, and the election of President Trump in the run-up to the UK Brexit referendum. In the aftermath of the Parsons Green attack, she also spoke with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
The first CNN Middle East Business Forum in Abu Dhabi and the CNN Asia Business Forum in Bangalore were both produced by Nobilo.
Nobilo earned a Master of Science in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics, where she focused on conflict, and a First Class degree in History from the University of Warwick. As the youngest recipient of a Fellowship in Communications, she designed and carried out original research on the effect of political leaders’ body language on their electoral success. She also holds several professional diplomas in communications.
Nobilo previously held positions in the Houses of Parliament, the defense, and security industries. She has contributed to campaigns for ministers and members of Parliament in the UK, three general election campaigns, a national referendum, research projects, and speeches.
Additionally, Bianca speaks Italian and Croatian.
She received the MHP 30 under 30 Journalists to Watch Award in 2018.
Birthday: December 7, 1974
Award-winning CNN correspondent and anchor Kristie Lu Stout is based in Hong Kong.
She covers major breaking news stories from the newsroom and the field, such as US-China relations, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the fallout from extreme climate events in the area.
She also hosts special CNN programs, such as Tech For Good, a TV and online series about the transformative potential of technology. Additionally, Lu Stout serves as the host of Marketplace Asia, a monthly show that caters to the global audience of business executives on CNN.
She also conducts interviews with some of the most creative thinkers in the world, such as Jane Goodall, Elon Musk, and Maria Ressa, for CNN Digital and TV’s in-depth reports on Asian tech giants.
Lu Stout has spent the past 20 years living in China and has remained focused on how changes in China are fundamentally altering our entire world. Lu Stout has remained dedicated to covering China, hosting CNN’s ground-breaking Eye on China series in 2004, covering the Trump-Xi Summit in Beijing, and covering new tensions with the new U.S. administration. Additionally, she played a key role in the beginning of On China, CNN’s first-ever regular series devoted to the nation and a first for any international TV news network.
Her work has received numerous nominations over the years, including for the CNN Special Report Witness to the Pandemic in 2021, in the News and Documentary Emmy Awards. At the 2020 Content Asia Awards, Inventing Tomorrow: Tech in a Time of Pandemic by Lu Stout won Best Covid-19 Factual Feature. She and her coworkers from CNN Hong Kong won the Association for International Broadcasting’s Best Continuing News Reporting for TV and Video award in 2020 for their coverage of the 2019 Hong Kong Protests. At the Asian Academy Creative Awards in 2018, Lu Stout won Best News or Current Affairs Presenter, and News Stream, the news program she created and debuted in 2010, won Best News Program. A number of awards from the Asia Television Awards and the Royal Television Society’s Best News Coverage Award in 2013 for coverage of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are additional recognitions.
Lu Stout, who has more than 900,000 fans and followers on social media, prioritizes interaction with her audience and incorporates social media into every aspect of her reporting. She also believes in engaging viewers in conversation off-camera by making frequent speaking and moderating appearances. She is well known for her approach to igniting frank and lively discussions.
Additionally, Lu Stout actively promotes the CNN Freedom Project, the network’s award-winning initiative devoted to covering tales of contemporary slavery. This includes engaging with students in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia as part of #MyFreedomDay. She is also honored to be a part of CNN’s Call to Earth Day, a brand-new international campaign to educate students about the urgency of taking immediate action to combat pollution and climate change.
At the online division of WIRED magazine in San Francisco, Lu Stout began her journalism career. She founded and wrote the Beijing Byte column for the South China Morning Post, among other media outlets, where she has written about technology. She began her career in journalism after working for Reuters’ new media team in China and as an early employee of Beijing-based Internet company Sohu.com.
Lu Stout, a devout Asian American, is a mentor and a life member of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA). At the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong, she serves as a Correspondent Member and Correspondent Board Governor. Lu Stout frequently hosts off-camera discussions about current events with students while giving speeches at universities all over the world and serving as a volunteer interviewer for undergrad admissions at her alma mater.
She attended Beijing’s Tsinghua University to study advanced Mandarin Chinese before earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University.
Birthday: September 26, 1972
CNN correspondent Melissa Bell is based in the network’s Paris bureau and covers both European and international news.
Her most recent reporting, which spanned much of the past year, was from both Moscow and inside Ukraine, was on the conflict there. Her month-long investigation, which included access to a former Wagner commander and exclusive video, exposed the discontent and demoralization even among Moscow’s top combatants. Her most recent reports also cover the first media access to the Ukrainian counteroffensive’s front lines in the Kharkiv region town of Kupiansk as the first pictures of Ukrainian flags being raised once more appeared.
In order to record the thousands of men fleeing Russia and President Vladimir Putin’s military draft, she also traveled to the Georgia-Russia border.
Bell reported from Haiti in September 2021, where she conducted an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Ariel Henry about the assassination of former President Jovenel Moise and the migrant crisis. Her work in the area received a News Emmy nomination for Outstanding Live Breaking News Coverage.
Additionally, she has contributed to CNN’s major breaking news coverage of the 2017 and 2022 French presidential elections, the Covid-19 pandemic, the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe as a result of lockdown, Brexit, the Notre Dame cathedral fire, the migrant crisis, wildfires, and the climate crisis in France and Belgium.
Bell moved from France 24 to CNN in October 2016. There, she worked as a political editor before being elevated to the positions of international affairs editor and correspondent. She has in-depth knowledge of Africa and the Arab world and has reported on most major news events for the network’s French and English-speaking channels, including the Egyptian Revolution, the Mali War, and the Haitian Earthquake.
Before joining Granada Television in Manchester in 1999, Bell worked for news wires after beginning her career as a journalist in 1996. She later relocated to the BBC where, for seven years, she covered Westminster as a political reporter.
Bell is a fluent speaker of French and English and has a degree in politics from Warwick University.
CNN National Correspondent Camila Bernal works out of the network’s Los Angeles office.
In 2018, Bernal began working for the network as a correspondent for CNN Newsource, where she was the first to provide 1,000+ local news partners with digital content and live English and Spanish language reports.
Based out of the network’s Washington, D.C., bureau, Bernal assisted in leading coverage of a number of significant political stories, including the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the 2020 presidential race, the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the confirmation hearings for various Supreme Court Justices.
Bernal led Newsource’s coverage of Derek Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis from beginning to end after first covering the demonstrations in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd.
Bernal worked at KRON in San Francisco, California, before joining CNN. She has worked as an anchor and reporter for NBC-Latino in Miami, Florida, KMID in Midland, Texas, and CBS Austin/Telemundo Austin in Austin, Texas.
Bernal received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Florida International University.
Rosa Flores is a distinguished CNN correspondent based in Houston who covers both domestic news for the network’s global platforms in the United States and Puerto Rico as well as international news.
With a focus on humanitarian reporting, Flores has led the network’s immigration coverage at the U.S./Mexico border and been named one of InStyle Magazine’s 50 badass women. She wrote extensively about both the tragic collapse of the condo building in Surfside, Florida and the widespread shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Reporting from all over Florida with an emphasis on holding Governor Ron DeSantis responsible for his lockdown measures and vaccine rollout, she has contributed to the network’s coronavirus pandemic coverage. She also shared tales of how the pandemic affected the elderly, the underprivileged, children, and unemployed.
Flores oversaw CNN’s coverage of the scandal involving the American Catholic Church, traveling all over the nation to report on how clergy were being held accountable as well as to the Vatican for the 2019 Bishop Conference on Clergy Sexual Abuse. Her coverage of American fatalities in the Dominican Republic in 2019, family separation at the border with Mexico, and the El Paso, Texas, Walmart shooting in mass numbers in 2019 were also noteworthy.
The city’s investigation into the 2017 shooting death of Chicago teen Roshad McIntosh by a Chicago police officer was reopened as a result of her investigation, and one of the officers involved was recommended for termination. “Beneath The Skin,” a three-episode CNNgo documentary, features footage from Flores’ investigation. A National Association of Black Journalists Award and an EPPY Award were among the many accolades the project received.
For Flores, reporting on criminal justice issues is crucial. Her initiative, “The Disappearing Front Porch,” gave children in Chicago who are at risk of violence a voice. The National Association of Black Journalists awarded the project with the Online Project: News designation. The John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Center on Media, Crime and Justice Reporting Fellowship was given to her in 2017.
While visiting the United States, Cuba, Mexico, Chile, and Peru for World Youth Day, Pope Francis was covered by Flores from the papal plane. This included a report on an impromptu marriage between two flight attendants that took place at a height of 36,000 feet. She also went to Bolivia, Paraguay, and Ecuador to cover Francis’ visit to his home continent. For her coverage of the Pope and the Catholic Church, the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation presented her with a Distinguished Journalist Award in 2018.
President Barack Obama’s trip to Argentina was covered by Flores, as well as his participation in the Seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City, which saw the historic handshake between the United States and Cuba following more than 50 years of hostility during the Cold War. In order to cover the normalization of ties between the United States and Cuba, Flores also went to Cuba.
She has covered breaking international news stories such as the 2017 Mexico City earthquake, the 2015 explosion of a maternity hospital in Mexico City, the 2015 arrest of five Syrians traveling with fake passports in Honduras, and the 2014 influx of unaccompanied minors across the U.S. southern border and subsequent deportation to Honduras. Flores reported from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the 2016 Rio Olympics’ buildup.
She covered the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students for more than two weeks in the state of Guerrero in southern Mexico in 2014. She won the Large Market Television Hard News Award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for her reporting.
2013 saw Flores join CNN. She has had residences in Chicago, Miami, and New York City. She anchored the 4pm newscast at WBRZ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge, before joining CNN. She discovered soil contamination at WBRZ, which prompted testing at every school in the East Baton Rouge Parish School District.
Flores covered business and breaking news stories at WDSU-TV, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, before relocating to the capital of Louisiana. She began her career in TV reporting at KWTV-TV in Oklahoma City and began reporting for KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston, in September 2007.
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She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s in broadcast journalism, a Bachelor’s in business administration, and a Master’s in accounting. In 2018, she was recognized as an Outstanding Young Texas Exes.
Flores also holds a degree from the FBI Miami Citizens Academy, was chosen to sit on the panel of judges for the Dan Rather Medals for News & Guts, and has been a member of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication’s Leadership Council since 2018.
CNN correspondent and anchor Eleni Giokos is based in Dubai. She presents the network’s Connecting Africa and Marketplace Middle East feature shows in addition to serving as a regular anchor for CNN’s news and business programming.
She has more than 15 years of experience working in TV, digital, radio, and print media. She was born in Greece and raised in South Africa. She began working for CNN in 2015. She is one of the network’s most versatile correspondents.
Giokos has conducted interviews with several heads of state, including former presidents of Nigeria and South Africa. Kristalina Georgieva, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, the president of the European Central Bank, Richard Branson, and a who’s who of African business titans, including Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Patrice Motsepe, and the late Bob Collymore, are just a few of the names on her list of interviews with business and economic leaders.
She has covered Africa for CNN from Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, and Zimbabwe to Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana, Lesotho, and other countries. She reported from South Korea and Kazakhstan, traveled to the United States to cover events in Washington, DC, and hosted shows from the network’s hubs in London, New York, and Atlanta. She also highlighted the expanding ties between Africa and Asia.
Giokos started her career in 2005 at CNBC Africa before becoming an anchor and correspondent for the 24-hour news channel eNCA. There, she covered business news as well as breaking news, such as Oscar Pistorius’s murder of Reeva Steenkamp and the attack on the Westgate Mall.
She has covered important international gatherings like the World Economic Forum in Davos and the UN General Assembly, and she has presided over discussions at Davos, WEF Africa, the IMF, the African Finance Corporation, and the Africa CEO Forum.
Giokos interviewed basketball greats Bismack Biyombo and Dikembe Mutombo as well as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri during the NBA’s historic visit to Johannesburg in 2017.
She has additionally trained aspiring journalists and provided regular contributions to South Africa’s Mail and Guardian newspaper. She has also spoken at public schools to inspire students.
Giokos graduated with honors from the University of Witwatersrand in journalism and media studies, and in 2014, he was appointed an IMF Fellow.
The American Meteorology Society has awarded Jennifer Gray, a meteorologist for CNN based in Atlanta at the network’s global headquarters, the AMS Seal of Approval.
Using detailed graphics and explainers that accurately depict the realities of catastrophic weather events, Gray covers everything from hurricanes to earthquakes to wildfires, keeping viewers informed from the CNN Weather Center. She guided viewers through Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018 in addition to the deadly California wildfire season, one of the deadliest on record.
In 2017, Gray published a report on the effects of climate change on Tangier Island, a community in Virginia that may become uninhabitable in 20 years due to erosion and rising water levels. The news story prompted a response from President Donald Trump, who got in touch with Tangier’s mayor directly to discuss the dangers the city was facing.
Gray worked as a feature reporter and the weekend morning show meteorologist for WTVJ, an NBC affiliate in Miami, before joining CNN. While there, she covered severe weather in the field and contributed to the creation of specials on hurricane safety and preparedness. For Sun Sports, she co-hosted and co-produced “Florida Insider Fishing Report,” and with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, she co-produced “Beyond The Reef,” which both aimed to increase public awareness of the need for ocean conservation and the state’s fisheries.
Gray previously worked as a meteorologist for the Shreveport, Louisiana ABC affiliate KTBS 3 and the Beaumont, Texas NBC affiliate KBTV 4. She reported from live events, such as the Super Bowl XLIV, and covered hurricanes, tornadoes, record heat waves, ice storms, and flooding during this time.
Gray graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor of science in geosciences and from Northwestern State University in Louisiana with a bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism.
Award-winning CNN international correspondent Paula Hancocks is based in Seoul, South Korea, and is in charge of covering important stories on the Korean peninsula and the surrounding area.
For more than ten years, Hancocks has been in charge of the network’s coverage of the Korean peninsula, which has included North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, the charm offensive during the Pyeongchang Olympics, and the subsequent Trump-Kim and inter-Korean summits. She also oversaw CNN’s coverage of Kim Jong Il’s passing, Kim Jong Un’s ascent to power, and the plight of American citizens detained there.
Hancocks has a history of obtaining exclusive access for her reporting. She spoke with a former North Korean ambassador who defected to Seoul, wrote about assassination weapons developed by the country, and covered the case of nine young defectors who were sent back to North Korea.
Hancocks has reported on events south of the border such as presidential elections and an impeachment. She has also covered Seoul’s relations with its neighbor, capturing the sentiments of family reunions between the two Koreas in a special documentary titled “The Long Goodbye.”
Hancocks has also covered some of the biggest stories in Asia in recent years, such as the military takeover in Myanmar and the devastating effects of the pandemic throughout the region. In 2020, during a period of rising tension with China, she also had exclusive access to the highest-ranking American diplomat to visit Taiwan in forty years.
Hancocks reported on the 2008 Gaza War, the smuggling tunnels and rocket factories in Gaza, and the deadly altercation aboard an aid ship headed for Gaza while based in Jerusalem before accepting her position in Seoul. She covered the political complexities of an unending peace effort as well as the rage and frustration on both sides of the conflict on a daily basis.
She previously worked for CNN’s London bureau as an international correspondent, covering a variety of stories including the 2005 London bombings, the fallout from the Iraq war, and the bombings in Istanbul.
Hancocks has won numerous awards for her reporting throughout her career. She was a contributor to the CNN Special Report “Witness to the Pandemic,” which was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding News Special category in 2021. She served as the focal point of CNN’s reporting on the 2019 pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, for which the team took home the Breaking News prize at the Royal Television Society TV Journalism Awards. Hancocks was also the first foreign journalist to provide live coverage from Tacloban, Philippines, following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. The Royal Television Society later honored CNN’s reporting by giving it the Best International News Coverage award. A New York Festival award was given in recognition of her reporting on the South Korean ferry sinking known as the Sewol. She was a member of the team that reported from Sri Lanka on the devastation caused by the 2004 tsunami, for which they were recognized with a DuPont-Columbia Award. She also covered the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict in 2006, for which the team won the Ed Murrow award.
In 1997, Hancocks began working for CNN as a production assistant. She earned a postgraduate degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Wales, Cardiff, before joining CNN. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Italian from the University of Durham.
Birthday: February 24, 1986
Washington, D.C.-based CNN correspondent Kristen Holmes works for the network. Currently, she is covering the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential candidates. Holmes is a skilled reporter and on-air journalist with extensive connections in Washington and across the nation. She has a deep understanding of the political landscape in America.
She has covered some of the most significant news stories in the nation, such as the Las Vegas shooting and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, for which she received an Emmy nomination. She was sent to Guam when Kim Jong-un threatened to launch a missile attack against the American territory as tensions between the US and North Korea grew.
She was a member of a small group that oversaw CNN’s reporting on voter integrity and how the pandemic fundamentally altered the electoral process during the 2020 election cycle. As President Trump obstructed the incoming administration’s access to information and agencies, Holmes broke a number of stories about state preparations for mail-in voting, internal discussions at the US Postal Service, and the tumultuous transition of power during that time. After a 16-day delay that rocked the nation, she was the first journalist to exclusively report that the GSA administrator had finally confirmed the election.
In addition to contributing to the creation and hosting of Election 101, a popular 11-episode CNN Original Series/iHeart Radio podcast that is still one of the network’s most well-liked political podcasts, Holmes was asked to do so as part of CNN’s election coverage. The information was intended to give readers a fresh and important understanding of the issues at stake when Americans cast their ballots. Numerous publications, including Vogue, highlighted the novel idea. It received a nomination for a prestigious Webby Award that recognizes online excellence. The best political podcasts on CNN frequently feature Holmes as a guest host.
Holmes has previously covered the White House for the Trump administration. As the pandemic ravaged the nation, Holmes concentrated in particular on the tense relationship between the Trump White House and federal health agencies.
Exclusively obtaining a number of internal documents, Holmes broke stories about the pandemic response’s behind-the-scenes discussions. These documents revealed political interference in the federal government’s response. She was also the first journalist to learn the specifics of the Trump administration’s plan to reopen the country, which was presented to the nation’s governors.
During the 2018 midterm elections, Holmes launched her on-air career at CNN’s Newsource as their top political correspondent. She created a voter issue series that took her across the nation to show what mattered most to Americans. Prior to that, Holmes worked for CNN as a White House producer and an embedded producer on the 2016 campaign trail.
Holmes earned a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. As a member of the elite Teach for America corps, Holmes worked as an elementary school teacher in South Chicago for two years in the interim.
Birthday: July 11, 1986
Chloe Melas is a CNN entertainment reporter who covers all things Hollywood and entertainment for the network on all of its platforms. Melas works out of the CNN office in New York.
Melas’ reporting covers all facets of entertainment at the nexus of culture, from breaking news and exclusive feature interviews to industry analyses and in-depth investigations.
Melas most recently reported on the fatal shooting that occurred on the “Rust” set. Actor Alec Baldwin had his criminal charges dropped in April, according to Melas. In a lengthy interview with Baldwin for CNN last year, Melas discussed the mishap. Melas garnered media attention in November for a second in-depth conversation with Jeff Bezos, the man who founded Amazon. First official interview in four years for Bezos. He revealed to Melas for the first time in it that he intends to donate the majority of his wealth before he passes away.
Melas co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve program from Time Square in 2021 with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. She also co-hosted an hour-long CNN special about Britney Spears’ conservatorship that same year.
With celebrities like Steven Spielberg, Hugh Jackman, Natalie Portman, Meek Mill, Naomi Watts, Queen Latifah, and newsmakers like Jane Goodall, Melas has conducted countless sit-down interviews.
Melas has extensively covered the #MeToo era for CNN as well. Her in-depth investigation into Kevin Spacey resulted in his termination from both Netflix and the Sony picture “All the Money in the World.”
“Side Hustle Success,” a television program Melas created and hosted for CNN’s HLN in 2019, featured women who turned their pastimes into multimillion dollar businesses.
Melas and Bonnie Fuller founded the entertainment website HollywoodLife under the Penske Media Corporation before Melas joined CNN in 2016. She co-hosted the popular morning program “The Gossip Table” on VH1 in 2013. In 2008, Melas started working for CNN as a news assistant.
The WWII memoir “Luck of the Draw,” written by Melas’ late grandfather, was released in February and quickly rose to bestseller status in the New York Times.
She is now very vocal about infertility. Her efforts to raise awareness for other families on their own journeys have been covered by People Magazine, Extra, Yahoo!, and others by using her platform to share her own family’s experience with IVF. She received Resolve’s Hope Award for Advocacy in 2020.
Melas has moderated panels for Time’s Up, the Women in the World Summit, Create & Cultivate, and BlogHer in addition to giving guest lectures on investigative journalism at Columbia University.
Melas graduated from Auburn University with a degree in broadcast journalism. She was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, but now she and her husband and two sons live in New York.
Birthday: 24th July 1986
At CNN’s international headquarters in Atlanta, Nadia Romero works as a national correspondent.
Romero joined the network in 2019 as a correspondent for CNN Newsource, where she oversaw the division’s coverage of the 2020 election on the campaign trail for the South Carolina Primary, Super Tuesday, New Hampshire Primary, Nevada Primary, and Iowa Caucuses. She attended every presidential and vice presidential debate in the run-up to the election, and she covered former President Donald Trump’s campaign live on Election Day from Washington, D.C.
Romero, who is no stranger to powerful storms, provided CNN affiliates with exclusive content from the Bahamas after category 5 Hurricane Dorian tore through the nation. When the police department’s third precinct was set on fire during protests, she was the first Newsource Correspondent on the scene covering George Floyd’s murder live from Minneapolis. Romero has devoted a significant portion of her reporting over the past few years to problems that affect the Black and Latino communities, as well as to efforts to give sex abuse survivors a voice.
Romero worked at KCPQ-TV Q13 News in Seattle before joining CNN, where she anchored newscasts and covered lead and feature stories. Additionally, she worked as an anchor and reporter for KTVX ABC 4 in Salt Lake City, KCRG TV 9 in Cedar Rapids, WSJV FOX 28 in Elkhart, IN, and WSYR News Channel 9 in Syracuse during the weekends. She began covering campaigns for the 2012 Republican Primary in Iowa as an award-winning journalist. She was the first black primary anchor in Utah and appeared on the Meredith Vieira Show and in the ESSENCE magazine.
Romero earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
Birthday: July 12, 1980
Miami-based CNN correspondent Leyla Santiago works for the network. She moved to Washington, D.C. and Mexico City before joining the network in 2016.
In CNN’s coverage of natural disasters, immigration, the Covid-19 pandemic, politics, and the ties between the United States and Latin America, Santiago has been a leading voice.
Santiago received a Peabody Award nomination and her team received an Edward R. Murrow Award for their thorough coverage of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. She was among the first after the hurricane to get to some of the island’s most isolated areas. After her investigation revealed errors in the low death toll provided by the government, officials added more cases to the list of hurricane-related deaths.
More recently, Santiago was the first reporter to broadcast live from Sanibel Island while covering Hurricane Ian in Florida. Her reports clarified the hurricane’s aftermath and gave voice to the poor, devastated communities.
Santiago joined CNN’s political team in 2020 and began covering elections. She documented the presidential campaigns of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Congressman Beto O’Rourke, focusing on the issues that were most important to local communities across the nation.
Santiago traveled through Mexico with a caravan of migrants in April 2018 that was thrust into the national spotlight after President Trump tweeted about the group. Santiago gave viewers a glimpse into the caravan’s families and described the nuances of American immigration law. The Journey Alone, a documentary about the 2014 surge of unaccompanied minors from Central America and Mexico crossing the southern border with the United States, won the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont award for her as well.
Santiago was included in Crain’s NewsPro’s 2019 list of the 12 to Watch in TV News.
Santiago worked as a journalist for several outlets before joining CNN, including WRAL in Raleigh, NC; KBAK/KBFX in Bakersfield, CA; KTUU in Anchorage, AK; and NBC29 in Charlottesville, VA.
Santiago is a proud graduate of the University of Florida.
Birthday: April 6, 1981
Sunlen Serfaty is a CNN correspondent who is based in Washington, D.C. and who covers all of Washington. She has a wide range of national news, breaking news, and Washington politics in her portfolio. She previously worked for the network as a congressional correspondent, where she covered Capitol Hill and the 2016 presidential election in-depth.
Serfaty is a journalist with extensive on-air, writing, and production experience who has won an Emmy® award. She specializes in political campaign reporting and White House reporting.
Serfaty worked for CNN Newsource in the network’s Washington bureau, contributing news coverage for its more than 800 affiliates, before joining the general assignment team for CNN in Washington, D.C.
Before joining CNN, Serfaty covered President Obama’s 2008 campaign while working as a White House and U.S. Senate reporter for ABC News. Her work was highlighted on the network’s news website and overnight program World News Now.
Serfaty also worked as a local general assignment reporter on the weekends in collaboration with the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., WJLA, covering breaking news stories as well as feature stories for the ABC News affiliate in the top ten market of the Washington, D.C.-metro area. From May 2003 to September 2004, she also served as an associate producer for The Washington Post’s television and radio projects.
Serfaty holds a B.A. in international affairs with a concentration in media and communication from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
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Birthday: May 31, 1972
Sara Sidner is a co-anchor of CNN News Central, which is broadcast from CNN’s New York City Bureau weekdays from 9am to 12pm ET. She is a distinguished senior national and international correspondent for CNN.
Recently, Sidner oversaw the network’s coverage of the demonstrations in Minneapolis that followed George Floyd’s passing and Derek Chauvin’s trial. She also covered the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, which erupted after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. She remained there for several weeks as a grand jury considered the evidence and ultimately decided not to charge the officer. Their choice led to two nights of unrest in Ferguson but also to protests across the country, a national discussion about race and policing in America, the creation of a state commission and a presidential task force on policing, as well as state and national conversations about policing.
Sidner covered a wide range of topics as an international correspondent, from business to social and cultural issues to terrorism. She has covered news from many different nations, including Libya, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Taiwan.
Sidner was a member of the group in the Middle East that received a Peabody award for CNN’s coverage of the Arab Spring. Her reporting from among rebel fighters in Libya during Tripoli’s fall has been praised all over the world. For her coverage of the war in Libya in 2011, Sidner shared the Achievement of the Year Award from SKY WFTV Women in Film & Television in the United Kingdom.
Sidner oversaw the New Delhi bureau’s coverage of South Asia while he was in India. On November 26, 2008, terrorists attacked a number of locations in Mumbai, including the renowned Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel. This incident became one of her first significant international stories. Throughout the 60-hour siege in 2008, which claimed more than 170 lives, Sidner was broadcast live. She also covered live violent political upheavals in Thailand and Bangladesh as well as a documentary on Sri Lanka’s 25-year civil war. She also spent time reporting in war-torn Afghanistan on multiple occasions. She also looked into a variety of stories regarding the social and economic advancements in India, which resulted in a collection of articles for CNN International’s acclaimed “Freedom Project.” Sidner also visited Chile and Haiti to report on those nations’ post-devastating earthquakes.
Sidner has won two Asian Television Awards: one for her 2011 exposé on the horrors young Bangladeshis who are forced to beg must endure, and the other for the 2012 Freedom Project documentary “Operation Hope,” which followed one of these kids on an extraordinary journey from suffering to recovery after being castrated and left for dead for refusing to beg.
In 2013, Sidner won two Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media: one for her reporting on India’s unwanted girls, in which she looked into the problem of female infanticide there, and another for her live coverage of the 2012 Gaza-Israel conflict from Gaza and Israel. Sidner also provided updates on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 from Malaysia, the downed Malaysia Airlines flight 17 from Ukraine, and the 2014 Israeli-Gaza border conflict from Sidner’s reporting locations.
Sidner worked as an anchor and reporter for regional television news outlets in San Francisco, Dallas, Florida, and Missouri before joining CNN. During this time, she won numerous honors, including a regional Emmy, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and numerous Telly Awards. In 2011, Sidner was recognized as an Alumni of Distinction after graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism.
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Birthday: October 4, 1988
CNN International’s Rahel Solomon is a business correspondent. She covers international business news for CNNI and other CNN networks and platforms from her base in New York. She also frequently fills in on First Move and Quest Means Business, two of CNNI’s top business programs.
The Next Frontier, a new CNNI series that examines the way cities of the future are being imagined today and the future of living, is also hosted by Solomon.
She most recently covered the 2023 U.S. banking crisis, covering both Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) and Signature Bank’s demise as well as the rescue of First Republic Bank. She also discussed the emergency takeover of Credit Suisse by UBS and its effects on the world financial system, as well as the Federal Reserve’s battle against high inflation and its effects on both the United States and the rest of the world.
After working as a general news reporter for CNBC, Solomon joined CNN. She appeared on a variety of television and digital programs, including The News with Shepard Smith, Halftime Report, and Power Lunch. In her hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Solomon worked as a morning news anchor for CBS3 before joining CNBC.
Solomon covered a wide range of topics for CNBC, including labor and unemployment issues. Her stories mainly dealt with changes in the labor market brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, staffing shortages at state employment offices, and lengthy wait times for benefits for the unemployed. She covered Pope Francis’s visit to the World Meeting of Families in 2015 while working for CBS3.
As an intern for CNN’s Special Investigations Unit in Washington, DC, Solomon first worked there in 2012. She had the chance to contribute to CNN’s investigation into treatment delays for veterans at VA hospitals and help with the network’s 2012 midterm election night coverage while she was an intern.
Solomon earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. John’s University and was named the Broadcast Journalist of the Year by the Colorado Association of Black Journalists in 2015. He also graduated with high honors. She also obtained a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Reporter Anna Stewart works out of CNN’s London bureau, where she covers stories about global commerce, technology, politics, and the British Royal Family.
Stewart hosts the show Decoded, which decodes the most cutting-edge technology from all over the world, frequently from the metaverse.
In addition, Stewart serves as the host of CNN’s monthly business program Marketplace Europe, which features interviews with some of the biggest names in business and highlights business innovation and technology.
For CNN’s premier business programs, First Move with Julia Chatterley and Quest Means Business, Stewart reports on the most recent domestic and international economic and financial news every day.
She has conducted interviews with a wide range of guests, including Usain Bolt and the CEOs of companies like Bank of America, Volkswagen, and Airbus.
With in-depth reporting from all over the UK, she was instrumental in CNN’s coverage of Brexit. Her work culminated in the 2019 General Election, when she dissected the results on the magic wall at the CNN Center in Atlanta.
Stewart covers stories about the British Royal Family, most recently reporting on Queen Elizabeth II’s passing from the moment it was announced that she was ill through the State Funeral. In the past, Stewart played a crucial role in CNN’s coverage of the passing of Prince Philip, Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, and their resignation from the royal household.
Stewart has prior experience with CNBC. She received a scholarship to study English literature at the University of Oxford, where she also won the prestigious Gibbs Prize for academic excellence.
Birthday: October 4, 1993
In Washington, D.C., Maegan Vazquez works as a White House reporter for CNN Politics. She started working as a White House reporter for CNN in 2018, during the Trump presidency.
In 2018, Vazquez worked as a researcher on “FREE, MELANIA: The Unauthorized Biography,” a book about Melania Trump written by CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett. She pursued records requests, searched through archives, produced background reports on potential sources, and conducted high-profile interviews in this capacity.
As a reporter covering politics and breaking news in Washington, Vazquez first joined CNN Politics in 2017.
Vazquez spent more than two years at Independent Journal Review before joining CNN, where she most recently worked as a White House reporter. She held the position of deputy news editor before that. Vazquez first worked for IJR as a political reporter in 2015.
Vazquez was chosen by the National Press Foundation in 2018 for the prestigious Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship class of 2018–2019.
Texas’s Laredo is where Vazquez was raised. She earned a degree in journalism and social and cultural analysis from New York University.
Birthday: November 30, 1981
Amara Walker co-anchors CNN This Morning Weekends with Victor Blackwell from the network’s global headquarters in Atlanta, where she works as an anchor and correspondent.
In 2012, Walker started working for CNN as a CNN International anchor. She made a name for herself as one of the top breaking news anchors while at CNNI by covering a number of important international news events live for extended periods of time without using a script.
Walker covered the 2021 Atlanta spa shooting for CNN, as well as the subsequent outcry from the Asian-American community against the rise in hate crimes and racist incidents brought on by false accusations of the Covid-19 pandemic and Donald Trump’s rhetoric. Along with Anderson Cooper, Victor Blackwell, and Ana Cabrera, she co-hosted the primetime special “Afraid: Fear in America’s Communities of Color.”
Walker was a member of the election night team covering the Georgia Secretary of State’s repeated attacks by President Trump during the 2020 presidential election and the Georgia Senate runoff. Her subsequent reports centered on the inquiries into Trump’s phone call to the Secretary, in which he allegedly pressed her to “find” more votes after losing to Joe Biden. She also covered Georgia’s recount of the presidential vote.
Walker oversaw the network’s rolling coverage of protesters storming the city’s Legislative Council building in June 2019. Walker also anchored the network’s coverage of the massive demonstrations in Hong Kong in June 2019 against a contentious extradition bill. In April 2019, Walker was also broadcasting live as a fire tore through Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral.
Ariel Sharon’s passing in 2015, the deaths of Lee Kuan Yew and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in 2016, the truck terrorist attacks in Nice, France, and the Berlin Christmas market in 2016, the 2017 La Rambla van attack in Barcelona, the attempted coup in Turkey in 2016, the South Korea Sewol ferry disaster, the historic canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II, and the search for missing Malaysians are other significant live events Walker has anchored. She was also broadcasting live during the security forces’ invasion of Kiev’s Independence Square, which ultimately sparked the country’s current crisis. In 2014, Walker oversaw CNN and CNN International’s initial coverage of the shootings at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. For her live reporting of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing during an Ariana Grande concert, Walker received an Emmy nomination. Walker also gave updates for Anderson Cooper’s AC360’s “360 Bulletin.”
At WFLD in Chicago, Walker had previously worked as a general assignment reporter and news anchor. She covered the 2012 U.S. presidential election from the headquarters of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign while there. She also covered the eight-day 2012 Chicago teachers’ strike, which shut down the city’s public schools. She also made numerous reports about the violence that afflicts Chicago’s south side.
Walker worked as a general assignment reporter and weekend evening news anchor at WTVJ in Miami for seven years prior to moving to Chicago. She covered significant domestic and international stories while there, such as the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, the 2012 Florida Republican primary, the 2006 NBA title, and the 2010 Florida governor’s race. She reported from New Orleans and Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina’s approach to the South in the summer of 2005. Walker went to Haiti to document the destruction after the earthquake there in January 2010.
Walker, who was born and raised outside of Los Angeles, earned a dual degree in political science and broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California. Walker graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has basic Korean and Spanish conversational skills.
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CNN’s Beijing bureau is home to Selina Wang, an accomplished international correspondent for the network. She is in charge of covering important stories from China and the Asia-Pacific for CNN’s digital and television platforms.
Wang played a crucial role in the network’s coverage of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, which were held under the strictest Covid countermeasures in the world. She was the only CNN news reporter covering the Olympics from inside the “bubble” that was built to keep the Games separate from the rest of China’s population.
Wang was based in Tokyo prior to accepting her position in Beijing and covered the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. She was in charge of the network’s coverage of Japan during the year leading up to the Games, whether it was breaking news, in-depth analysis, or exclusive interviews. Wang covered the difficulties Japan faced in hosting the Olympics during the pandemic as well as the opposition to the Olympics from the business community, professionals in the field of public health, and Olympic volunteers. She led coverage of significant events during the Games and secured interviews with athletes and officials.
She has also fronted coverage of the coronavirus pandemic’s effects globally, the escalating US-China hostilities, and China’s expanding influence in Hong Kong. She has established herself as a leading expert on China’s societal, political, and economic transformation.
Wang also serves as the host of the lengthy feature program “Marketplace Asia” on CNN. She immerses viewers in various business trends every other month with in-depth interviews and profiles. ‘Eco Solutions’, an award-winning feature show on CNN, and ‘Innovate Japan’ have both featured Wang as the host of individual episodes.
Wang worked as a correspondent and anchor for Bloomberg TV in Beijing before joining CNN. She was based in San Francisco before relocating to China, where she covered the social media, venture capital, and global technology industries for Bloomberg News, Television, and Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine. Wang has contributed to Bloomberg’s platforms in both Hong Kong and New York.
A Wang-hosted “Eco Solutions” episode won Best Lifestyle Program at the Asian Academy Creative Awards in 2021. Additionally, the Newswomen’s Club of New York honored her work with the Front Page Award, and the Society of Business Editors and Writers gave her an honorable mention.
Wang, who was raised in Washington State, earned a government minor in addition to an economics degree from Harvard University. She received the Detur Book Prize at Harvard for her superior academic standing and was recognized as a John Harvard Scholar for being in the top five percent of her class. Wang speaks Mandarin with ease.
Birthday: November 29, 1985
Across CNN’s television and online platforms, Vanessa Yurkevich covers the intersection of business and politics as a business and politics correspondent.
Yurkevich has spent the past two years in this capacity reporting on the pandemic economy and its effects on regular Americans. She has covered the unemployment crisis, the plight of small businesses, labor shortages, supply chain problems, and inflation while traveling the nation. She has written extensively about the difficulties facing the food, child care, and auto industries as well as the ways in which the Small Business Administration, Department of Agriculture, and Labor Department are tackling the economic recovery.
The historic six-week General Motors strike, the 2019 government shutdown, and an exclusive interview with former Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at the height of the trade war were all covered by Yurkevich in the past.
Yurkevich interviewed prospective candidate Howard Schultz as well as candidates Beto O’Rourke and Governor Jay Inslee while covering Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 campaign.
She has spent time reporting from the US-Mexico border and has covered immigration extensively. Exclusive photographs that Yurkevich was able to obtain for the first time demonstrate the difficult circumstances in which children are kept by Border Patrol. After spending months living with three border patrol agents, she gained exclusive access to the US Border Patrol Academy and created the three-part series “The Green Wall.”
Yurkevich traveled the nation to speak to voters during the 2016 presidential election as part of CNN’s acclaimed #MyVote Campaign Camper tour. She anchored CNN’s digital coverage from the Empire State Building on election night, which was recognized with an Edward R. Murrow, Webby, and PROMAXBDA award.
She has also had exclusive interviews with Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway as well as Richard Branson about his new hotel chain.
Yurkevich previously held positions with The New York Times – The Local, BBC, NY1 News and NY1 Noticias, Associated Press Television, and the latter two in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She was awarded the US-Russia Young Media Professionals Fellowship by the Knight Foundation as well as the Scripps Howard Immigration Fellowship from the International Center for Journalists.
Yurkevich has a bachelor’s degree in both communications and Spanish from Fordham University and speaks Spanish fluently. She also has a Polish language certificate from Hunter College.
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