Amanpour’s eminent career in journalism spans three decades. When she became an international correspondent for CNN in 1990, her first major assignment was to cover the Gulf War.
Since then, she has continued to report from the world’s major hotspots, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan,Amanpour
Somalia, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Asia, Rwanda, and the Balkans, as well as from the United States during Hurricane Katrina.
Over the course of her singular career, Amanpour has interviewed most of the world’s top leaders.
During the Arab Spring, she secured the only interview with Hosni Mubarak, as well as an exclusive interview with Muammar Ghadafi.
In addition, she has interviewed British Prime Minister Tony Blair,
French President Jacques Chirac and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, as well as other leaders from Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Amanpour 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, Amanpour received a Giants in Broadcasting award and received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and an honorary citizen of Sarajevo.
Amanpour was born in London and spent part of her childhood in Tehran, Iran. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
For her decades-long and remarkably distinguished career in journalism, and for her unwavering commitment to the field’s loftiest ideals of truth and fairness, the University of Southern California is proud to honor Christiane Amanpour with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa.
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