Christiane Amanpour Bio, Age, Bio, Family, Career, Stories, Shows & CNN

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Who is Christiane Amanpour?

Christiane Amanpour CBE is a British-Iranian journalist and television host. Amanpour is the Chief International Anchor for CNN and host of CNN International’s nightly interview program Amanpour. She is also the host of Amanpour & Company on PBS.

Christiane Amanpour’s Career

CNN

In 1983, she was hired by CNN on the foreign desk in Atlanta, Georgia, as an entry-level desk assistant. During her early years as a correspondent, Amanpour was given her first major assignment covering the Iran–Iraq War, which led to her being transferred in 1986 to Eastern Europe to report on the fall of European communism. In 1989, she was assigned to work in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, where she reported on the democratic revolutions sweeping Eastern Europe at the time. Through this position, she was able to move up in the company and by 1990 served as a correspondent for CNN’s New York bureau.

A Photo of Christiane Amanpour

A Photo of Christiane Amanpour

Following Iraq’s occupation of Kuwait in 1990, Amanpour’s reports of the Persian Gulf War brought her wide notice while also taking CNN to a new level of news coverage. Thereafter, she reported from the Bosnian war and other conflict zones. Because of her emotional delivery from Sarajevo during the Siege of Sarajevo, viewers and critics questioned her professional objectivity, claiming that many of her reports were unjustified and favoured the Bosnian Muslims, to which she replied, “There are some situations one simply cannot be neutral about because when you are neutral you are an accomplice. Objectivity doesn’t mean treating all sides equally. It means giving each side a hearing.” Amanpour gained a reputation for being fearless during the Gulf and Bosnian wars and for reporting from conflict areas.

Bosnian War reporting

On 22 December 1992, during the Bosnian War, Amanpour was reporting from Kiseljak, not far from Sarajevo. Kiseljak was in Croat hands, undamaged, and ostensibly well supplied with necessities. Amanpour reported that “While people in Sarajevo are dying from starvation, the Serbs are living [in Kiseljak] in plenty”, a report that was subsequently criticised by some analysts as spreading “misinformation” and “beautiful lies”.

On 9 October 1994, Stephen Kinzer of The New York Times criticised Amanpour’s coverage, in general, of the Bosnian War. Kinzer quoted a colleague’s description of Amanpour as she reported on a terrorist bombing in the Markale marketplace of the Bosnian city of Sarajevo:

ABC News

On 18 March 2010, Amanpour announced she would leave CNN for ABC News, where she would anchor This Week. She said, “I’m thrilled to be joining the incredible team at ABC News. Being asked to anchor This Week in the superb tradition started by David Brinkley is a tremendous and rare honour, and I look forward to discussing the great domestic and international issues of the day. I leave CNN with the utmost respect, love, and admiration for the company and everyone who works here. This has been my family and shared endeavour for the past 27 years, and I am forever grateful and proud of all that we have accomplished.” She hosted her first broadcast on 1 August 2010.

During her first two months as host, the ratings for This Week reached their lowest point since 2003. On 28 February 2011, she interviewed Muammar Gaddafi and his sons Saif al-Islam and Al-Saadi Gaddafi. On 13 December 2011, ABC announced Amanpour would be leaving her post as anchor of ABC News’s This Week on 8 January 2012, and returning to CNN International, where she had previously worked for 27 years, and maintaining a reporting role at ABC News.

Return to CNN

A day later on 14 December 2011, in statements by ABC and CNN, it was announced that in a “unique arrangement”, Amanpour would begin hosting a program on CNN International in 2012, while continuing at ABC News as a global affairs anchor. It was later revealed that in the spring of 2012, CNN International would refresh its line-up, putting the interview show Amanpour back on the air. On-air promotions said she would return to CNN International on 16 April. Her 30-minute New York-recorded show – to be screened twice an evening – would mean that the US parent network’s Piers Morgan Tonight interview show would be “bumped” out of its 9:00 p.m. (Central European Time) slot to midnight (CET).

On 9 September 2013, the show and staff were moved to the CNN International office and the show is currently being produced and broadcast from London. On 7 January 2015, Amanpour made headlines during a “Breaking News” segment on CNN by referring to the Islamic extremists who murdered the 12 journalists at Charlie Hebdo as “activists”: “On this day, these activists found their targets, and their targets were journalists. This was a clear attack on the freedom of expression, on the press, and on satire”.

On 12 November 2020, Amanpour compared the Trump administration to the Nazis and Kristallnacht, saying “It was the Nazis’ warning shot across the bow of our human civilization that led to genocide against a whole identity, and in that tower of burning books, it led to an attack on fact, knowledge, history and truth. After four years of a modern-day assault on those same values by Donald Trump, the Biden-Harris team pledges a return to norms, including the truth.” The Israeli government, along with some Jewish groups, called for Amanpour to apologize for this comparison. Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Omer Yankelevich urged an “immediate and public apology” for “belittling of the immense tragedy of the Holocaust.”

Stance on Syria

In late 2013, Amanpour raised the argument for intervention in Syria against the Assad government, which has been fighting Syrian opposition forces. She has appeared on several news programmes in the UK and criticized the Obama administration for its non-interventionist approach to Syria. Her advocacy for intervention was criticized by Michael S. Lofgren in The Huffington Post.

PBS

In May 2018, it was announced that Amanpour would permanently replace Charlie Rose on PBS after he left due to allegations of sexual misconduct. Her new program, Amanpour & Company, premiered on PBS on 10 September 2018. From the time of Charlie Rose’s departure from PBS until the new show premiered, Amanpour was aired on PBS stations, as Amanpour on PBS.

In 2020, Christiane Amanpour has been doing the PBS daily program, Amanpour & Company, from her home in England, due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. Her program continues to be seen on television on PBS at many stations in various areas of the USA, including at least 4 TV stations in the greater Los Angeles region of southern California.

How Old is Christiane Amanpour?

Amanpour was born on 12 January 1958 in Ealing, Middlesex, England. She is 63 years old.

Christiane Amanpour‘s Family

Who are Christiane Amanpour’s parents?

Amanpour’s parents are Mohammad Taghi and Patricia Anne Amanpour. Her father was Persian, from Tehran. Amanpour was raised in Tehran until age eleven. Her father was Muslim and her mother was Catholic.

Does Christiane Amanpour have siblings?

Amanpour has a sister named Lizzy Amanpour.

Christiane Amanpour‘s Education

Amanpour attended Holy Cross Convent, an all-girls school in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, and then, at age 16, New Hall School, a Roman Catholic school in Chelmsford, Essex.  In 1983, Amanpour graduated from the university summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. degree in journalism.

Christiane Amanpour‘s Husband

Amanpour was married to American James Rubin, a former US Assistant Secretary of State and spokesman for the US State Department during the Clinton administration and an informal adviser to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and to former President Barack Obama.

Christiane Amanpour‘s Children – Kids

Amanpour has a son, Darius John Rubin, who was born in 2000.

Christiane Amanpour’s Net Worth

Amanpour has an estimated net worth of $16 million.

Height/Measurements

Amanpour stands at a height of 5 ft 7 in.

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