In a bid to expand its coverage and reach across Asia and the
Middle East, CNN Worldwide is adding three new international correspondents
in Afghanistan, China and the United Arab Emirates.
announcement was made by CNN senior VP president international
newsgathering Parisa Khosravi.
the past 12 months, CNN has appointed more than a dozen correspondents in seven
new locations as part of an aggressive content ownership strategy. These latest
hires boost CNN's international newsgathering locations to 33.
says, "The resources available to CNN's international newsgathering team
have never been more robust. By adding correspondents in these three strategic
areas, CNN underscores its international newsgathering heritage.
Kabul, Afghanistan, Atia Abawi will serve as correspondent. He
will be responsible for covering the country and the on-going
war there. Abawi, a former assignment editor and producer for
CNN's international desk in Atlanta, joined CNN in 2004 and has
worked on a number of stories including the assassination of former
Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the Afghanistan-Korean
hostage situation and Youssif, the young Iraqi boy burned by insurgents
Stan Grant has returned to CNN after spending two years in Australia
and will take up the new post of UAE-based correspondent. He will
serve to cover both the UAE and the surrounding region from his
base in CNN's new Abu Dhabi newsgathering and production center
slated to open later this year. Previously, Grant served as a
Hong Kong-based anchor for CNN International and later as the
network's Beijing-based correspondent, where he gained recognition
for his exclusive coverage of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka in
the aftermath of the South Asian tsunami.
Chang, who joins John Vause as the second correspondent in Beijing, boosts CNN's
presence in China at a time when many media outlets are reducing their coverage
in the post-Olympic climate. Chang has already reported on a variety of stories
including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the tainted milk scandal and the effects
of the global financial crisis on China.
the past year, CNN has also announced the opening of newsgathering operations
in Chennai, India; Lagos, Nigeria; Mumbai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and Santiago,
Chile, where CNN Chile launched late last year. In addition, CNN has placed correspondents
in Istanbul, Turkey; Islamabad, Pakistan; Johannesburg, South Africa; London,
Great Britain and Tokyo, Japan.