Michael Holmes (broadcaster)

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This article is about the CNN anchor. For the former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, see Michael Holmes (politician).

Michael Holmes (born December 1960) is an Australian news anchor and correspondent for CNN International (CNNI). Since November 2014, he has anchored CNNI's CNN Today with Amara Walker. Before this, he anchored the 10 am ET edition of International Desk and in early 2013 joined Suzanne Malveaux as co-anchor of CNN USA's Around The World at noon ET, an hour-long bulletin focusing on international news. Previously, he was the host of CNNI's behind-the-news program BackStory.

He attended Wesley College, Perth High School from 1973–77. Holmes began his career at the Daily News newspaper in Perth at the age of 17. Prior to his work at CNN, he was a reporter for more than a decade for Australia's Nine Network in Perth, Sydney, London and Melbourne. He spent four years based in London, covering Northern Ireland, the first Intifada, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War and other major stories.

He was the first Australian anchor hired by CNN International (commencing in 1996), and has reported extensively around the world, including multiple deployments to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the 2011 uprising in Libya. In 2004 he was in a CNN convoy ambushed by insurgents in Iraq which cost the lives of two staff members.[1][2] One deployment to Iraq during the deadliest time of the war resulted in the CNN Documentary "Month of Mayhem", which won the 2007 CINE "Golden Eagle".

Holmes has nearly 40 years of experience in journalism and has worked as a foreign correspondent in dozens of countries. He currently resides in Atlanta.


  1. ^ "2 CNN employees killed in attack". CNN. January 27, 2004. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ Claire Cozens (January 27, 2004). "CNN pair killed in Iraq strike". The Guardian. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 

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