Parisa Khosravi is Senior Vice President for CNN Worldwide in charge of International Newsgathering. She has editorial, operational and administrative oversight of CNNs international bureaus and CNNs International Desk, which oversees CNNs global coverage. She also oversees International Newsource, the networks international affiliate division with over 200 CNN affiliates worldwide.
Since joining CNN in 1987 as a video journalist just a few days after graduating, Khosravi has played a vital role in the networks award-winning coverage of the most significant international stories with a passion and persistence that defines CNNs proud tradition of journalists.
Khosravi has played an integral role in some of CNNs defining moments, including the networks live coverage of the first Gulf War; the fall of the Berlin Wall; the end of apartheid; the show-down between protesters and the government in Chinas Tiananmen Square; and the genocide in Rwanda. She directed CNNs award-winning news coverage of the devastating earthquake in Haiti; the Emmy-nominated coverage of the attempted airline terror attack over Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009; and the duPont-winning coverage of the tsunami disaster in South Asia.
In 2011, Khosravi led the networks Peabody Award-winning coverage of the uprisings and conflicts throughout the Middle East and North Africa, including the revolutions in Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia. In March, she simultaneously led the networks ongoing coverage of the Arab Spring as well as the powerful earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. The news coverage of these stories were simulcast across CNNs networks and platforms around the clock, including live broadcasts from Egypt under a difficult crackdown by the regime upon the media, and in close range of Japans Fukushima nuclear power plant as its reactors failed. She has been a leading force within the industry for incorporating user-generated content into newsgathering to bolster seasoned reporting, particularly from countries with limited or no press freedom.
Khosravis experience in safely leading CNN teams through conflicts and natural disasters has made her a recognized authority on these issues. She oversaw the safety and logistics of a CNN team who reported on the hotel terror attack in Mumbai. Because of her expertise, she serves as a board member for the International News Safety Institute. She also serves on the board for the International Womens Media Foundation, the highly-regarded board that strengthens the role of women in the news media worldwide.
Khosravi has also orchestrated CNNs largest investment in international newsgathering in its history. She has strategically increased the number of bureaus around the world, placing new operations in emerging global centers and in the Middle East, including in Kabul, Afghanistan; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Lagos, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya; Mumbai, India; Singapore; and Abu Dhabi, UAE. Khosravi has increased the number of correspondents throughout the world, including in existing bureaus in Tokyo, Japan; Istanbul, Turkey; Beijing, China; New Delhi, India; Islamabad, Pakistan; Johannesburg, South Africa; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Berlin, Germany; and added a senior Latin American affairs editor in Atlanta.
Khosravis work has brought her recognition and many prestigious awards for both individual and collaborative efforts. In 2008 she received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, recognizing her as a distinguished American. Other notable awards include: Edward R. Murrow Award in 2007 for CNNs coverage of the Middle East Conflict; Peabody Award in 2005 for CNNs coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its Aftermath; duPont Award in 2005 for coverage of the Tsunami Disaster in South Asia; Peabody Award in 1992 for CNNs coverage of the attempted 1991 coup detat in the Soviet Union; Golden CableACE Award in 1993 for CNNs coverage of the Gulf War; Emmy Award and a Sigma Delta Chi Award in 1993 for CNNs 1992 Somalia coverage; a 1994 duPont Award for CNNs coverage of Bosnia; and the Overseas Press Club and duPont awards in 1995 for Crisis in Russia: CNNs Coverage of the Moscow Uprising; Edward R. Murrow Award in 2001 for CNNs coverage of Sierra Leone, CINE Award in 2003 for War in Iraq: Road to Baghdad, Overseas Press Club Award in 2002 for CNNs post 9/11 coverage and again in 2004 for Anatomy of a Raid.
Khosravi earned a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism from Columbia College in Chicago and studied French at the Université de Sorbonne in Paris. She is fluent in Farsi.
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