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Jim Sciutto is Chief National Security Correspondent for CNN, reporting and providing analysis on all aspects of U.S. national security, including foreign policy, the military, terrorism, and the intelligence community, a position he took on in September 2013. Prior to that, he served as an American diplomat in Beijing, as Chief of Staff for US Ambassador Gary Locke. He was formerly ABC News' Senior Foreign correspondent, based in London and the author of Against Us: The New Face of America's Enemies in the Muslim World.
Sciutto attended Regis High School in New York City. He is a 1992 graduate of Yale University, where he majored in Chinese history. Sciutto got his start in television as moderator and producer of a Public Broadcasting Service program, "The Student Press," a weekly public affairs talk show aimed at college students. He was Hong Kong correspondent for Asia Business News, and covered the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. He also covered stories in China, Mongolia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore and South Korea. He joined ABC News in 1998, working in Chicago before moving to Washington to cover the Pentagon. In 2006, he was named Senior Foreign Correspondent, ABC's lead reporter on foreign stories. His reporting took him to more than 50 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, including more than a dozen assignments each in Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran. He was the only American journalist to embed with US Special Forces during the Iraq invasion, to report from inside Myanmar during the government crackdown in Fall 2007, and to file from inside Zimbabwe during the election crisis in April 2008.
- Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting from Iran during the 2009 election protests.
- George Polk Award for Television Reporting in 2007 for his undercover reporting inside Myanmar.
- Emmy awards in 2004 and 2005 for best story in a regularly scheduled newscast for his reporting in Iraq. Emmy nominations in 2008 for his reporting inside Myanmar and in 2005 for his reporting in Beslan, Russia during the school siege.
- Fulbright Fellow in Hong Kong from 1993 to 1994.
- Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale.
- Selected as a life member of the Council of Foreign Relations in 2008.
Sciutto attended the Jesuit college preparatory school Regis High School in Manhattan and graduated from Yale University cum laude. He is married to ABC News Asia Correspondent Gloria Riviera who is also based in Beijing.
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