Jerrold (Yoram) Kessel immigrated from South Africa to Israel at an early age. He helped to introduce cricket to Israel, playing for the Israel national cricket team in the ICC Trophy from 1979 to 1990.
Kessel was a news editor for the Jerusalem Post, reported on the Middle East for CNN from its Jerusalem bureau from 1990 to 2003. He was known for his iconic white beard. He had been called "one of Israel’s leading English-language journalists."He initially worked for Israel Radio, the Jerusalem correspondent for the London Jewish Chronicle, and the Jerusalem Post before joining CNN as an on-air correspondent in 1990.
He covered major events affecting Israel for CNN, including the Oslo Accords and the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Kessel began producing and co-producing independent television programming after leaving CNN in 2003.
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