Rudi Bakhtiar Bio-Wiki, Age, Husband, Family, and Net Worth

This article will answer every question you have about Rudi Bakhtiar. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about her.

  1. What does Bakhtiar do for a living?
  2. Who are Bakhtiar’s parents and siblings?
  3. What are Bakhtiar’s interests and hobbies?
  4. Is Bakhtiar married or does she have a boyfriend?
  5. Does Bakhtiar have any children?
  6. Where is Bakhtiar now?
  7. How tall is Bakhtiar?
  8. How much money does Bakhtiar earn?
  9. What is Bakhtiar’s net worth?

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Who is Rudi Bakhtiar?

Rudi Bakhtiar is an Iranian-American journalist, and producer for Reuters based in Washington, D.C. She is the first Iranian-American journalist to anchor a prime time news hour in the United States, called “CNN Headline News Tonight”.

Rudi has over a decade of experience working for major international news outlets such as CNN and Fox News Channel. She served as the Director of Communications for the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Serving as a senior advisor at Voice of America, she also works for Radio Free Europe.

She joined CNN in 1996 later holding multiple positions in her 9 years at the cable news network. There, she anchored CNN Headline News Tonight on the CNN Headline News network. Bakhtiar has also co-anchored CNN’s Emmy nominated CNN Newsroom. Later, she worked as a dedicated correspondent for Anderson Cooper 360.

Rudi has also made reports on assignments from numerous countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Iran, Israel, and Palestine. She also anchored the start of CNN’s Headline News coverage of the September 11 attacks. After almost a decade on cable news, Bakhtiar had left to take care of her dying father.

Rudi joined Fox News Channel in January 2006 as a general correspondent. She made reports on major international news stories such as the Ahmadinejad-al-Maliki summit in Tehran in September 2006. She also made reports on the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein later that year. Her contract with Fox News was terminated in 2007 after she filed a complaint of alleged sexual harassment.

Rudi is a fan of the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Lakers sports teams. She also served as an official festival judge for the Noor Iranian Film Festival in Los Angeles.

A photo of Rudi Bakhtiar
A photo of Rudi Bakhtiar

In 2008, Rudi switched careers to become the first director of public relations for the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans. This is an organization dedicated to building an inclusive and representative voice in the public and political arena for Iranian Americans. There, she produced mini-documentaries called “Profiles of Iranian Americans”. The segment focused on the lives of successful Iranian Americans. Rudi then created and produced the organization’s signature star-studded community event “Passing the Torch of Success. She was later pushed out of the organization owing to her strong stance on Iran’s human rights violations.

Bakhtiar testified before the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Iran’s human rights crisis in May 2011. She claimed that under the leadership of Ayatollah Khamenei “Iran has become one of the worst violators of human rights in the world…egregiously violating virtually every article of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, of which Iran is a member state.”

Rudi Bakhtiar Age

Rudabeh Carleen Bakhtiar is 54 years old as of 2020 having been born on June 21, 1996, in Fresno, California, USA. She shares her birthday with famous people Chris Pratt, Meredith Baxter, Juliette Lewis, Michael Gross, Lana Del Rey, and Joanna Ceddia

Rudi Bakhtiar Family

Who are Rudi Bakhtiar’s parents?

Bakhtiar was born to Iranian immigrants of Bakhtiar heritage. Her father died of oropharyngeal cancer in 2005. Shapour Bakhtiar is Rudi’s father’s uncle, the last prime minister of Iran under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Her great aunt was the Shah of Iran’s second wife (Soraya Esfandiary). Rudi’s great-grandfather is named Sardar Jang.

At the age of two, her family moved from Fresno, California, to Los Angeles. Her family moved back to Iran when she was five. She was raised in Iran until the 1979 Iranian Revolution when her family moved back to the United States when she was 17. As a child, she loved to ride horses.

Does Bakhtiar’s have siblings?

Bakhtiar was born as the first child in a family of three children. She has a younger sister and a younger brother.  Rudi’s secretive nature has shown up in her personal life. She has managed to keep her family background very private. In case there is news regarding her parents and siblings, we shall update it here as soon as possible.

Rudi Bakhtiar Education

Rudi attended the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating in 1990 with a bachelor of science in biology. She was planning to be a dentist. Bakhtiar was also accepted to New York University Dental School but she had reservations about going to dental school. She later studied architecture at the Career Discovery Program at the Harvard School of Design in addition.

Rudi Bakhtiar Married – Husband

On her love life matters, Bakhtiar is seen as a person who hates drama and loves her privacy. She has managed to keep her marriage/dating life low key and leaving many with a lot of unanswered questions. In case there is any news regarding this matter, we shall update it here as soon as possible.

Rudi Bakhtiar Height

Adding to her beautiful, and well-curved body, Bakhtiar stands at a height of 5 feet.

Rudi Bakhtiar Net Worth

Rudi’s net worth is estimated to be $300 thousand.

Rudi Bakhtiar Awards

She received the Iranian American Republican Council Achievement Award in 2002 in recognition of outstanding achievements, excellence, and accomplishments within the Iranian American community.
According to Lycos, she was also ranked ninth in the top 20 TV news personalities with the most searches from January through August that year.

She was the master of ceremonies for the Iranian American Technology Council Gala in Washington D.C. on December 4, 2003.

She was also the master of ceremonies for the University of California, Irvine, lecture given by Shirin Ebadi who is a Nobel Peace Prize winner, on May 21, 2005.

Flynn Intel Group 

Rudi worked on an unfinished documentary on Turkey after the failed coup attempt. This was before Michael Flynn was officially named National Security Advisor for President Donald Trump.

A Turkish businessman had paid the Flynn Intel Group, a lobbying group in the US, more than a half a million dollars. It was for the making of the film but he was adamant no one knew who they were. Rudi complained she was not being given the opportunity to show a balanced view of the events and said that the documentary was going to destroy Gülen, who was a Turkish cleric whom Erdogan would like to see extradited to Turkey, from the US.

In June 2017, Rudi said she had not been contacted by people investigating Mr. Flynn. By November 2017, it had been reported that FBI agents investigating Flynn had contacted her.

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