Hala Gorani

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Hala Gorani
Born Hala Basha Gorani
(1970-03-01) 1 March 1970 (age 44)
Seattle, Washington, USA
Alma mater George Mason University
Sciences Po
Occupation News anchor
Website
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Hala Basha-Gorani[1] (Arabic: هالة باشا غوراني‎) (born 1 March 1970) is an American anchor/correspondent for CNN International based in the network's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. She anchors CNN International's 7 p.m. CET International Desk from CNN Center. Gorani previously co-hosted Your World Today with Jim Clancy until February 2009, when she left the program to anchor her own show.

Personal life[edit]

Gorani was born in 1970 in Seattle, Washington.[2] According to her, she comes from "quite an international background[...] I'm a U.S. citizen with Syrian and French parents."[3]

Gorani was mainly raised in Paris, France. She has also lived in Algeria. Her name "Ha'la" is a common Arabic name meaning "Corona". She earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., and graduated from the Institut d'études politiques (better known as Sciences Po) in Paris in 1995.[2]

In addition, Gorani speaks several languages, including English, French and Arabic. She considers Paris her home, which is also where her mother resides.[4] As of 2008, she is based in Atlanta, Georgia.[2]

Gorani is a fan of the American television program American Idol.[5] French novelist Yann Moix also dedicated his first novel Jubilations Vers le Ciel to her in 1996.

Career[edit]

Gorani began her career as a reporter for La Voix du Nord and Agence France-Presse before joining France 3 in 1994. After a stint at Bloomberg Television in London, she joined CNN in 1998 as an anchor for CNN International’s European breakfast show, ‘CNN Today’. She has since reported from every country in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories. In November 2005, Gorani was one of the first television reporters on the ground in Amman, Jordan after Al Qaeda suicide bombers attacked two hotels. Earlier in 2005 she had covered Israel's unilateral disengagement plan from Gaza. In 2006, she covered the 2006 Lebanon-Israel war in the summer of 2006 from Lebanon, which earned CNN an Edward R. Murrow Award.[6] In 2002 and in 2007, she led CNN's coverage of the respective French presidential elections.[6]

In 2008 Gorani attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and moderated the closing session that featured several business and political leaders including Tony Blair, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel and JP Morgan Chase & Co. Chairman and CEO James Dimon. Gorani formerly hosted ‘Inside the Middle East’ on CNN International, the monthly show featuring stories on the most important social, political and cultural issues in the region. During her five years as host, she reported on several colorful and thought-provoking stories including poverty in oil-rich Bahrain; everyday struggles for artists living in Iraq; and gay life in the Middle East, which was a first on international television and earned a nomination for a Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) award.

Gorani covered the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake, for which CNN’s coverage was recognized with a Golden Nymph award - one of the highest honors in international journalism - at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival last year. In addition to her anchoring duties, Gorani often goes into the field to report on major breaking news stories. In late June she was part of a small team of journalists allowed into Syria for the first time since the protests began to cover the situation there. She previously reported extensively from Jordan and Egypt and her coverage of the Arab Spring helped CNN win a Peabody Award in 2012.[7]

Gorani was of the CNN journalists awarded a News and Documentary Emmy for the network's coverage of the 2011 Egyptian revolution that led to the ouster of the country's then president, Hosni Mubarak.

Gorani has interviewed Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, Amr Moussa, Rafik Hariri, Saeb Erakat, Nouri al-Maliki, Ehud Barak, the Dalai Lama, Shimon Peres and Carla Bruni, among others.[8] Gorani avoids discussing her political and religious views, citing the need for professional neutrality.[1]

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