Here at AC360, we are fortunate to share the newsroom with Christiane Amanpour and her team. They “moved in” last April, when Christiane launched a new program on CNN International. Tapping into her vast experience reporting on events around the world, "Amanpour" provides in-depth analysis of the most pressing global news and features high-profile interviews.
Christiane’s career started in Providence, Rhode Island, where she was in charge of the graphics that went on on-air at a local TV news station. Christiane aspired to become a foreign correspondent, and she began on that path when she left Providence and accepted a position at CNN.
In 1983, just three years after the network's founding, she got her start with the company as an entry-level assistant on the international assignment desk in Atlanta. Christiane credits her background in helping her ace the job interview. "They asked me a few questions, all of which I knew because they were mostly about Iran and the revolution," she says, "and I'd lived it so I knew those questions."
At the time, Ted Turner, the network's founder, kept an apartment above CNN's headquarters. As a "weekend warrior so to speak," Christiane recalls Turner walking around the newsroom, sometimes still wearing his bathrobe. Many long-time staff at the company talk fondly of his eccentricity and also his commitment.
Turner’s dedication to his enterprise left a lasting impression. "It was great because we always knew that he was really interested in the news and it meant a huge amount to him," Christiane says. "He's one of the icons of our business, so it was a great privilege to work for him."
Almost 30 years later, Christiane has been honored with many major television journalism awards, including nine Emmys and four Peabody Awards. "It's great, you know, it feels good, but in the end it's being able to tell these stories," Christiane says.
Because of her unparalleled experience, contagious passion, and incredible success, AC360 interns Brandon Marianacci and Jeremy Diamond seized the opportunity to find out more about Anderson Cooper's newsroom neighbor, Christiane Amanpour.
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