Christiane Amanpour is one of the most decorated female journalists in the world. She has worked for CNN for the last 27 years covering major events from wars to major conferences she has done it all. She was born on January 12 1958 in London England to an Iranian father and British mother.
Christiane completed her primary education in Iran and left for England where she attended a girl's only boarding school in Chelmsford England. She later moved to the United States where she attended the University of Rhode Island studying journalism. She graduated in 1983 with a bachelor of Journalism.
While still at university Chistiane worked for a radio station WBRU-FM in the news department. She later landed a job at WJAR working as an electronic graphic designer. Shortly after her graduation she landed a job at CNN'S foreign Desk in Atlanta, Georgia as a desk assistant.
Her first major assignment was covering the Persian Gulf War .She would later cover the fall of communism as well as the revolutions in Eastern Europe. She moved up the ranks at CNN and in 1990 she became a correspondent for the station's New York bureau.
Chistiane went on to cover most of the conflicts in the 1990s which includes the Bosnian war from which many critics criticized her covering of the events blaming her for not being objective and favoring the Bosnian Muslims.
Other than covering news from some of the worlds most dangerous war conflicts such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans she has also interviewed some top leaders key among them being Yasser Arafat in 2002 who was under siege in his compound. She conversed with him in a telephone interview before Mr. Arafat hung up on her.
As earlier stated Christine Amanpour is one of the most decorated journalists .She has over 31 awards to her name. She has 9 news and documentary Emmys an Inaugural Television Academy Honor, the courage in journalism award, four George Foster Peabody Awards among a host of other prestigious awards for her exemplary work in journalism.
Amanpour is married to James Rubin who worked as an assistant secretary of state as well as spokesman for the us state department .They have a 10 year old son Darius John Rubin and live in New York. Although the 52 year old has a Middle Eastern background and her father being Muslim she is herself a Christian.
She is set to join ABC News as an anchor later on in August after spending virtually all her career at CNN where she left in March 2010.