Nic Robertson

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Nic Robertson
Nic Robertson standing at a lectern
Accepting a Peabody Award in May 2003
Born Dominic Robertson
1962 (age 55–56)
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1984 – present
Spouse(s) Margaret Lowrie

Nic Robertson (born 1962) is the International Diplomatic Editor of CNN. He started his career in broadcasting in 1984 within the engineering arm of the UK's Independent Broadcasting Authority. He then worked as an engineer with TV-AM until 1989.


Nic Robertson is CNN's International Diplomatic Editor.[1] Based in the London bureau, he travels extensively, covering global terrorism, wars, armed conflicts and a range of other major news events. Since joining CNN he has been on some of the biggest news stories around the world.

Robertson began his career at CNN in 1989, starting as a satellite engineer. He first came to public attention when he stayed in Baghdad with Peter Arnett at the start of the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Later that year, he was moved to Chicago, where he became a producer in CNN's Chicago Bureau. He then became the producer for Christiane Amanpour and was moved to CNN's London bureau, where he later made the jump to newsgathering.

Robertson has worked in war zones around the world, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, the former Yugoslavia and across the Middle East. He was one of a few western journalists in Taliban-held Afghanistan when the terror attacks unfolded in the United States on 11 September 2001, and was able to report on the Taliban response and the attacks by the Northern Alliance on Kabul live via satellite videophone.

Throughout 2002 and early 2003, Robertson reported from Iraq, during a period of growing tension between Saddam Hussein’s government and the West, remaining in Baghdad during the build-up to Coalition strikes on the city in 2003.

In 2005 CNN sent Robertson to New Orleans to report on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Robertson was one of the first western journalists to reach Osama Bin Laden’s compound following his killing by US navy Seals in May 2011. In July of the same year he reported from Norway on the massacre committed by Anders Breivik.

Most recently Robertson has been covering the events in Syria, from both inside and outside the country. He is based in CNN International's bureau in London.


Robertson has won numerous awards, including two Overseas Press Club Awards, a Peabody, a duPont, and several Emmy Awards[citation needed] for his work in war zones and disaster areas around the world, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Somalia, the Darfur region of Sudan, Northern Ireland and both the Gulf War and the Iraq War.

Robertson's CNN report Syria: Frontline Town – Zabadani won him both the prestigious 2012 Prix Bayeux TV War Correspondent of the Year award and The New York Festivals 2013 Award for Coverage of a Continuing News Story. Robertson has also received a Foreign Press Association Member Award for the documentary World's Untold Stories: Secrets of the Belfast Project, which exposed fresh evidence about the connection between Sinn Féin and the IRA.

In 2001 People magazine voted him "Sexiest News Correspondent".[2]

Editorial awards[edit]

  • 1992 News & Documentary Emmy for program Saving Somalia[3][4]
  • 1993 New York Festival
  • 1995 Emmy
  • 1996 Cable ACE Award
  • 1997 Cable ACE Award
  • 2001 Alfred I Du Pont award
  • 2002 Emmy
  • 2002 Royal Television Society winner
  • 2002 Royal Television Society Innovation award - satellite telephone; winner
  • 2002 and 2003 David Kaplan Overseas Press Club Award
  • 2002 Peabody Award for program Terror on Tape[5][6]
  • 2002 Golden Eagle award
  • 2003 Emmy
  • 2005 Peabody
  • 2008 Peabody
  • 2012 Emmy
  • 2012 Peabody
  • 2012 Bayeux-Calvados Awards for war correspondents - TV War Correspondent of the Year
  • 2012 Foreign Press Association Member Award
  • 2013 Peabody
  • 2013 The New York Festivals Award - Coverage of a Continuing News Story


  • Royal Television Society - Reporter of the Year 2002
  • Monte Carlo Television Festival 2009 - World’s Untold Stories: One Woman’s War

Technology awards[edit]

  • 2002 Royal Television Society Innovation award - satellite telephone
  • 2006 - 2007 Emmy for technology and engineering (digital newsgathering)
  • 2007 IBC Digital Newsgathering Innovation Award

Film portrayal[edit]

Robertson was portrayed by the actor Matt Keeslar in the movie Live from Baghdad.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Robertson is a native of the UK and is married to former CNN correspondent Margaret Lowrie. The couple have two daughters.[2]


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  2. ^ a b "Nic Robertson: Sexiest News Correspondent". People. November 26, 2001. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ "ABC, PBS lead news Emmy nominees". Variety. July 22, 1993. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ "News & Documentary Emmy winners". UPI. September 9, 1993. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ Battaglio, Stephen (August 20, 2002). "CNN'$ Terror Tapes Al Qaeda footage bought & paid for". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Peabody Award Winners". The New York Times. April 3, 2003. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ Gallo, Phil (December 4, 2002). "Review: 'Live From Baghdad'". Variety. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 

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