John Defterios

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John Defterios at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in 2012

John K. Defterios (born April 7, 1961) is an American journalist best known for his work at CNN. He is currently CNN’s Emerging Markets Editor and host of Marketplace Middle East on CNN International.


Defterios graduated from the University of Southern California in 1984 with degrees in journalism and political science.[1]


Defterios was an intern at CNN in 1984.[2] He worked for Reuters Television from 1984 to 1992, serving as European correspondent and special series producer for Nightly Business Report, a joint venture with PBS.[1][3]

In 1988, Defterios served as European Correspondent and Bureau Chief based in London, managing the editorial joint-venture with Reuters Television. In that post, Defterios covered the fall of the Berlin Wall.[3] In 1990-91, Defterios covered the Gulf War from Kuwait.[3]

He joined CNN in 1992, serving as a correspondent for Lou Dobbs Moneyline in New York City. He hosted World Business Today from 1994 to 1996 in London.[1][4] He also served as anchor of Ahead of the Curve and Business Unusual and was principal anchor for CNNfn in New York.[3] Since October 2007, Defterios has been hosting Marketplace Middle East on CNN International.[4] In November 2011, he began presenting Global Exchange, focusing on emerging markets, from Abu Dhabi.[5] He is also currently CNN's Emerging Markets Editor.[3]

He became president of FBC Media, a media production company, in 2000.[4] FBC also handled global communication campaigns on behalf of governments, non-governmental organizations and other companies.[6] FBC produced World Business on CNBC, a program which Defterios hosted from 2000 to 2007.[4]

In August 2011, BBC and CNBC cancelled all FBC-produced shows on their programming after it was revealed that the company doubled as a public relations firm for the government of Malaysia, and carried puff pieces in the shows it produced.[7][8] Earlier in July, CNN aired an interview conducted by Defterios with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak which was criticized for being too soft.[9] CNN denied airing any editorial content produced by FBC and insisted that Defterios had left FBC in March 2011.[7][8]

Defterios is a World Economic Forum media leader, a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Middle East, and has served as chairman of Business Week Leadership Forums and the World Islamic Economic Forum.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Defterios married Manuela Mirkos, at the time an employee of The New York Times, in a Greek Orthodox ceremony on the island of Sifnos in 2002.[10] His previous marriage ended in divorce.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "John K. Defterios". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Marketplace Middle East' Defterios: CNN maintains amazing entrepreneurial spirit.". Free Library. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "John Defterios". Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "John Defterios". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Flanagan, Ben (24 November 2011). "Anchorman rises to the challenge". The National. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "John Defterios". Stern Stewart Institute. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "CNBC drops 'World Business'". Politico. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "CNBC drops flagship show over paid Malaysian interviews". Today. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Teoh, Shannon (5 August 2011). "As reforms stall, Pakatan mocks Najib for paid gloss". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "WEDDINGS; Manuela Mirkos, John Defterios". The New York Times. 25 August 2002. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 

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