Judges : National
Christiane Amanpour, CBE
Global Affairs Anchor, ABC News; Chief International Correspondent, CNN
Host of CNN International's program, "Amanpour"
Christiane Amanpour is the first Livingston laureate to be elected to its panel of judges. She splits her time between two major networks as the Global Affairs anchor for ABC News and the Chief International Correspondent for CNN. She also serves as host of the CNN International nightly interview program, "Amanpour." Her international reporting career began in 1990 as a correspondent for CNN where she reported on international crisis in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans.
Her assignments have ranged from exclusive interviews with world leaders, to reporting on the human consequences of natural disasters, to covering events from the heart of war zones. She has received numerous awards for her work, particularly for her coverage of conflicts in the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East.
For her reporting from the Balkans, Amanpour received the Livingston Award. She 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 inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A documentary for CNN, "In the Footsteps of Bin Laden" won the Sigma Delta Chi Award given by the Society of Professional Journalists in the U.S. and Amanpour was also recently named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, an honor which recognizes significant contributions to journalism.
In 2007, Amanpour was also awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. CBE is the second-highest honor that can be given out by the Queen; second only to a knighthood. The title was awarded to Amanpour "for services to journalism."