Fionnuala Sweeney

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Fionnuala Sweeney
Born Fionnuala Sweeney
1965 (age 48–49)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Occupation Television presenter
Notable credit(s) CNN International's CNN Newsroom and International Desk
Website
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/sweeney.fionnuala.html

Fionnuala Sweeney /fɪˈnlə/ (born 1965) is an Irish anchorwoman and reporter for CNN International. An anchor and correspondent based at the network's headquarters in Atlanta, Sweeney is currently anchoring CNN Newsroom as well as serving as the primary substitute at the International Desk. She is known around Europe as the host of Eurovision Song Contest 1993 from Millstreet, County Cork.

Early life and education[edit]

Sweeney was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1965, where she lived until she was 12, when they moved to Dublin.[1] She graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and History and a Higher Diploma in Education at the University College Dublin.[2]

Career[edit]

Radio[edit]

Sweeney's career in broadcasting began as newscaster on Chris Cary's Energy Power 103 FM in 1986, a "Superpirate" in Dublin where she was a co-presenter on "Wake Up With Energy" along with Pat Courtenay and Bob Gallico.[3] Sweeney's on air name at Energy was "Lisa Moore".[4] In 1988 she left Energy to work as a newcaster at RTÉ 2FM.[5]

Television journalism[edit]

While working as a television journalist at RTÉ, Sweeney was the host of the 38th 1993 Eurovision Song Contest.[6] She then moved to CNN, where she worked as a producer and anchor at CNN International Headquarters in Atlanta, before becoming a full-time anchor and relocating to London (where she anchored World One).[5]

In 2002, she was named the anchor of Your World Today.[7] She also anchored World One, World News Europe and International Correspondents, before returning to Atlanta to host CNN Newsroom as well as serving as the primary substitute on The International Desk.[5][8][9]

She has reported from the Middle East, including Abu Dhabi, Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.[10][11][12][13] In Europe, she provided coverage of the Good Friday Peace Agreement in Northern Ireland, as well as the subsequent elections.[14][15] She provided coverage from Eastern Europe commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.[16] She has also covered the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal, the resignation of Tony Blair and the 2005 London bombings.[17][18] She has interviewed political figures including Tony Blair, Shimon Peres, Saeb Erakat and James Wolfensohn.[19][20][21][22]

Awards[edit]

In 2006, Sweeney anchored and reported from Haifa during the Israel-Hezbollah war, for which CNN received an Edward R. Murrow Award.[23][24] In 2012, she was part of the news team that won an Emmy in the Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story - Long Form category at the 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards for the 2011 broadcast CNN Breaking News: Revolution in Egypt - President Mubarak Steps Down.[25] The coverage also won the network a Peabody Award.[26][27] The same year she part of the team nominated for another Emmy in the same category for the 2011 broadcast CNN Breaking News: Libya Revolution - Rebels Enter Tripoli and Gadhafi Compound.[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "CNN Programs - Anchors/Reporters - Fionnuala Sweeney". Cnn.com. 1970-04-13. Archived from the original on 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  3. ^ "irish pirates". irishpirates.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
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  5. ^ a b c Kenny, Dave (2013-07-26). "Why our girls are stars of the global small screen". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  6. ^ "Facts & Figures | Year page | Eurovision Song Contest - Copenhagen 2014". Eurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  7. ^ "CNN unveils 'Your World Today' - TV News". Digital Spy. 2002-08-28. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  8. ^ "CNN International: 'World News Europe' with Fionnuala Sweeney (2009) başlangıç". YouTube. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  9. ^ "CNN International: 'International Correspondents' with Fionnuala Sweeney (2006)". YouTube. 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  10. ^ "CNN Observations: Egypt's Revolution: CNN's Coverage Update". Cnnobservations.blogspot.com. 2011-02-11. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  11. ^ "CNN.com - World - On the scene with Fionnuala Sweeney in Jerusalem - October 31, 2000". Edition.cnn.com. Archived from the original on 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  12. ^ "CNN.com - World - On the scene with Fionnuala Sweeney in Gaza - October 19, 2000". Edition.cnn.com. Archived from the original on 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  13. ^ "World - On the scene with Fionnuala Sweeney in Jerusalem - October 28, 2000". CNN.com. 2000-10-28. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  14. ^ "CNN.com - N. Irish talks set to continue - July 10, 2001". Cgi.cnn.com. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  15. ^ "Northern Ireland / Peace Elections - May 30, 1996 - CNN - TV news: Vanderbilt Television News Archive". Tvnews.vanderbilt.edu. 1996-05-30. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  16. ^ "CNN International: 'World One' with Fionnuala Sweeney (2009)". YouTube. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  17. ^ "CNN.com - Transcripts". Edition.cnn.com. 2007-09-21. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  18. ^ "CNN.com - Transcripts". Edition.cnn.com. 2007-05-11. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  19. ^ "Video: Tony Blair talks to CNN about his ‘Technology for a Low Carbon Future’ report | Latest News | Breaking the Climate Deadlock". Tonyblairoffice.org. 2009-07-08. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  20. ^ "Transcript - Phone Hacking Charges Filed; E.U. Tightens Syria Sanctions". CNN. July 24, 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  21. ^ "CNN.com - Barak warns of 'difficult consequences' if Arafat fails to curb violence - November 1, 2000". Edition.cnn.com. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  22. ^ "Blair's next job could be Mideast peace envoy - CNN.com". Edition.cnn.com. 2007-06-21. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  23. ^ "CNN.com - Transcripts". Transcripts.cnn.com. 2006-08-06. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  24. ^ "CNN Programs - Anchors/Reporters - Fionnuala Sweeney". Edition.cnn.com. 1970-04-13. Archived from the original on 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  25. ^ Yahr, Emily (2012-10-02). "PBS wins most News and Documentary Emmy Awards - The TV Column". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  26. ^ "View Winner | George Foster Peabody Awards". Peabodyawards.com. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  27. ^ "Peabody Awards 2012: CNN, Al Jazeera, NPR, Colbert Among Winners". Huffingtonpost.com. 2012-04-04. Archived from the original on 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  28. ^ "Fionnuala Sweeney - Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 

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Preceded by
Sweden Harald Treutiger & Lydia Cappolicchio
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
1993
Succeeded by
Republic of Ireland Gerry Ryan & Cynthia Ní Mhurchú