Christiane Amanpour

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Christiane Amanpour, (born January 12, 1958, London, England) is a British journalist who, as a correspondent for the Cable News Network (CNN), was one of the leading war correspondents of the mainstream media.[1] She later hosted the ABC news program This Week in 2010–11.

Her father, Mahmoud Amanpour, is a Muslim from Iran; her mother, Patricia Hill, is a Christian from England.[2] She is fluent in English and Farsi.

After completing the larger part of her elementary education in Iran, she was sent by her parents to boarding school in England when she was 11. Amanpour attended Holy Cross Convent, an all-girls school located in Buckinghamshire, and then, starting at age 16, New Hall School, in Chelmsford, Essex. Christiane and her family returned to England not long after the fall of the Shah. The family ultimately remained in England, finding it difficult to return to Iran.[3]

In 1996 she told an audience of journalists that neutrality was not acceptable in places such as Bosnia, because when "you are neutral, you can become an accomplice."

In June 2016, Christiane Amanpour interviewed British MEP Daniel Hannan of the Brexit campaign, and a "fiery exchange"[4] between Hannan and the CNN anchor followed in which Hannan repeatedly warded off Amanpour's attempts to belittle the Brexit supporters as "racists".[5]


  1. "Some very influential journalists have embraced the journalism of attachment in covering the Balkan War, often merging their reporting with official government policies. CNN's Chritiane Amanpour is a prominent example." From Watergate to Monicagate: Ten Controversies in Modern Journalism and Media, Herbert N. Foerstel, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2001
  2. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch( : accessed July 5, 2016), Christiane M H Amanpour, 1958; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Ealing, London, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  3. The Lesley Stahl Interview: Christiane Amanpour, at the Height of the Iranian Election Crisis
  4. British MEP Daniel Hannan Spent Nine Minutes Smacking Down CNN Journalist
  5. Hannan vs. Amanpour on Brexit: You Were Shouting "Racist!" You Weren't Listening To What We Were Saying

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