Aneesh Raman

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Aneesh Raman
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Book Event for 'West Wingers' in Boston
EducationHarvard College
  • Policy Advisor
  • Tech Executive
  • Speechwriter
  • Newscaster
Spouse(s)Dr. Haley Naik

Aneesh Raman is Senior Advisor on Economic Strategy and External Affairs to California Governor Gavin Newsom.[1] Prior to this appointment, Raman spent five years in the tech industry, most recently as Head of Economic and Social Impact Policy at Facebook.[2][3] Raman previously held a number of positions in the Obama Administrarion, including as a speechwriter to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, making him the country's first Indian-American Presidential Speechwriter.[4][5] Raman details his experience as President Obama's speechwriter in a chapter in West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House.[6]

Before joining the Obama Administration, Raman was an award-winning CNN war correspondent and the network's first correspondent based in the Middle East responsible for region-wide coverage. He began his television career while in college, earning a local Emmy Award for anchoring Kids Talk Sports, a weekly sports talk show that aired on New England Cable News.

A graduate of Harvard College and a former Fulbright scholar, Raman is a member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library's New Frontier Award Committee[7] and a former term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.[8]

CNN career[edit]


As CNN's Middle East correspondent, Raman was based in Egypt but was largely responsible for coverage out of Iran. Over the course of a dozen trips, Raman reported extensively on Iran's nuclear ambitions and the growing frustration of the people towards their government.

From 2005 to 2006, Raman was CNN's Baghdad Correspondent, living in Iraq during an exceptionally volatile period in the Iraq War. In addition to embedding with US forces across the country, he provided some of the most comprehensive reporting on Iraq's National Assembly and the efforts to ratify a new constitution. Raman also provided in-depth coverage of the Saddam Hussein trial and was notably the first American television journalist to announce Saddam Hussein's execution.[9][10] In 2014, Raman appeared on television a number of times to discuss the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's offensive in Iraq.[11][12]

Raman's initial international posting was in Bangkok, Thailand, where he was the first Western reporter to go live from Phuket, Thailand after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Raman spent weeks covering the aftermath of the resulting tsunami and was part of the CNN team that won a 2005 Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award.

While at CNN, Raman reported from a number of countries including Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, England, Spain, Nicaragua, India, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia. In July 2007, he gave a speech at the Clinton School of Public Service about his experiences as a foreign correspondent and the changes taking place in cable news.[13] Raman first appeared on CNN in 2004, when he profiled the younger generation and their involvement in the American 2004 presidential election. In June 2008, Raman left CNN and later joined the U.S. presidential campaign of Democrat Barack Obama.[14]

Obama Administration[edit]


After joining the presidential campaign of Barack Obama as part of the communications team set up for vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, Raman became speechwriter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner during the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing recession.[15]

Raman subsequently worked on strategic communications at The Pentagon before joining the White House staff as a Presidential Speechwriter,[16] where he focused on domestic policy and was the principal speechwriter on immigration reform.

Post-Obama Administration[edit]

Raman's first job after leaving the White House was at OZY Media.[17] He started out as a Senior Editor but soon had his role expanded to include all of marketing and communications. Raman went on to become VP of Growth at RaiseMe, a social impact startup expanding access to higher education.,[18] and later joined Facebook as Head of Economic and Social Impact Policy. In that role, he helped launch Community Boost, a global training program for small businesses.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Raman graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude and was a Fulbright Scholar. He grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts and went to Wellesley High School.[20]

Raman married Dr. Haley Naik in 2012 after they were introduced to one another by a mutual friend.[21]


  1. ^ "Governor Newsom Announces Appointments".
  2. ^ "Facebook opens registration for Community Boost digital training in Houston".
  3. ^ "St. Louis tapped as first city in Facebook tour".
  4. ^ "Aneesh Raman".
  5. ^ "Snowday Playbook".
  6. ^ West Wingers |
  7. ^ "New Frontier Award Committee".
  8. ^ "CFR Membership Roster".
  9. ^ "CNN First With Execution".
  10. ^ "Saddam: Ramans reporting is praised".
  11. ^ "Is there a solution in Iraq?".
  12. ^ "Aneesh Raman on CNN World News".
  13. ^ "Without A Home: The Life Of A Traveling Correspondent".
  14. ^ "Ramans an Obama guy".
  15. ^ "Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner reviews remarks with Speechwriter Aneesh Raman".
  16. ^ "Aneesh Raman: Making A Difference".
  17. ^ "Carlos Watson launches OZY Media".
  18. ^ "Can Silicon Valley Save The American Dream?".
  19. ^ "Facebook initiative to boost small businesses makes its debut in St. Louis".
  20. ^ "CNN correspondent follows dream in often-perilous world".
  21. ^ "Haley Naik, Aneesh Raman". The New York Times. 2 September 2012.