Christiane Amanpour, CNN's Chief International Correspondent, to Deliver Class Day Speech at Harvard
Cambridge, Mass. - February 17, 2010 - Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent with CNN and anchor of the daily interview program Amanpour, has been selected as the 2010 Senior Class Day speaker at Harvard University. She will address Harvard College graduates and their guests on Wed., May 26, 2010, at 2 p.m. in Tercentenary Theatre at Harvard Yard.
“Christiane has reported from every major crisis of our generation,” said Nworah Ayogu ‘10, First Marshal of the Class of 2010. “Based on her life experience and perspective we are extremely excited for her speech. The Class of 2010 is honored to have one of the greatest journalists of our time as our class day speaker.”
Senior Class Day is a student-focused, less formal celebration that takes place the day before Commencement. In addition to a featured speaker selected by the Senior Class Committee, Class Day exercises include award presentations and undergraduate orations.
In her work as an internationally renowned journalist, Amanpour has covered such important stories as the Gulf War, the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina. She has reported on crises in the Palestinian territories, Pakistan, Somalia and Rwanda.
Throughout her career—which has spanned a quarter century—Amanpour has interviewed numerous world leaders, including Iranian presidents Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and the presidents of Afghanistan, Sudan, and Syria. She was the first international correspondent to interview British Prime Minister Tony Blair, French President Jacques Chirac, and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after 9/11.
In recognition of her coverage of the Bosnian war, the city of Sarajevo named Amanpour an honorary citizen in 1998.
Amanpour has received nine News and Documentary Emmys, four George Foster Peabody Awards, three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, an Edward R. Murrow award, and an inaugural Television Academy Honor. She has received honorary degrees from The American University of Paris, Georgetown University, New York University, Smith College, Emory University, and the University of Michigan.
Amanpour started her career at CNN in 1983 and has also served as correspondent to CNN’s New York bureau. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She currently resides in New York City.
Editor’s Note: To obtain press credentials for Class Day, please contact the Harvard News Office at 617-495-1585.