Christiane Amanpour has a unique position of having a dual role with two networks–serving as the global affairs anchor for ABC News in the U.S. and the host of Amanpour on CNN International. For both networks she provides world-acclaimed international analysis of the important issues of the day from around the globe. She previously served as the host of ABC's Sunday morning political affairs program, This Week.
Amanpour joined ABC from CNN, where she was most recently the network's Chief International Correspondent and anchor of Amanpour, a daily half-hour interview program. Upon becoming an international correspondent for CNN in 1990, her first major assignment was covering the Gulf War. She has since reported on and from the world's major hot spots including Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Somalia, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Rwanda, the Balkans, and the U.S. during Hurricane Katrina. After 9/11 she was the first international correspondent to secure interviews with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. She has interviewed other world leaders from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including Iranian Presidents Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as the presidents of Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria and Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat among others.
Amanpour has received every major broadcast award, including an inaugural Television Academy Award, nine News and Documentary Emmys, four George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, an Edward R. Murrow award and nine honorary degrees. In 2011, she was named to Forbes magazine’s list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
In October, 2010 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was also made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her "highly distinguished, innovative contribution" to the field of journalism. In 1998, the city of Sarajevo named her an honorary citizen for her coverage of the Bosnia war.
Amanpour was born in London and spent part of her childhood in Tehran, Iran. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor of arts in journalism.