CNN confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Christiane Amanpour will return to the network as anchor of a weekly International affairs program, while still reporting for ABC News. George Stephanopoulos will continue to as ABC’s “Good Morning America” host, and will also rejoin ABC News’ “This Week” program in early January.
Amanpour continues her own tradition of serving two networks simultaneously, after having been hired as a correspondent for CBS News’ “60 Minutes” nearly eight seasons ago, while working for CNN International.
The daughter of an Iranian father and a British mother, Amanpour was raised in the nations of both parents, and was honored for having made a “highly distinguished, innovative contribution” to journalism — designated a commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth, in 2007; and also named an honorary citizen of the city of Sarajevo, in recognition of her straightforward communications during the war in Bosnia.
Christiane Amanpour graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the Universityof Rhode Island, where she was a housemate of John F. Kennedy, Jr. She has won several Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award and numerous other honors, as well.
In a keynote speech at the Edward R. Murrow Awards Ceremony, in Minneapolis, in September of 2000, she infamously noted that “17 years ago, I arrived at CNN with a suitcase, with my bicycle, and with about 100 dollars.” Noting that she worked her way up from this entry-level position – from writer to producer, but always as a reporter with integrity, she spoke about the “pioneer spirit” of CNN:
We were thrilled and we were privileged to be part of a revolution, because make no mistake about it, Ted Turner changed the world with CNN. Not only did he create 24-hour news, and all that that has meant, but he truly created the global village. And as corny as that sounds, nothing has been the same since.