Tom Mintier

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Tom Mintier
Born (1947-12-01)December 1, 1947
Mount Vernon, Ohio, U.S.
Died September 18, 2016(2016-09-18) (aged 68)
Occupation Reporter
Language English and Thai[1]
Nationality American
Years active 1980–2016

Tom Mintier (December 1, 1947 – September 18, 2016) was a correspondent for CNN who covered a number of historic events.[1]


He was hired by CNN in 1980.[1] In 1986, Mintier was one of only two TV broadcasters live on-air when the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred (the other being Kent Shocknek).[2][3]

In November 1989, he reported live from the Brandenburg Gate at the Berlin Wall. In April 1992, he became the CNN Bangkok, Thailand bureau chief.[1] While still a correspondent for CNN, he was also located at the United States Central Command near Doha, Qatar, at the start of the Iraq war.[4]

In August 1999, he reported live from Pristina, Kosovo, following the NATO victory over the invading Serbian armed forces.

On January 1, 2000, he was the CNN London bureau chief.[5][6] He appeared in the 2004 documentary film Control Room and other films.[7][8] Mintier died in Thailand on September 18, 2016.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c d (21 March 1992) CNN's man on the scene does it again, Atlanta Journal Constitution
  2. ^ Weisman, Jon (January 28, 2011). "Challenger, 25 years later". Variety magazine. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Sharbutt, Jay (30 January 1986). TV ROUTINE SHIFTED TO A TRAGEDY, Los Angeles Times ("Then, Cable News Network anchorman Tom Mintier, watching the television monitor in his Atlanta studio with growing horror ...")
  4. ^ COSTELLO, CAROL (April 5, 2003). "Interview With U.S. CENTCOM Spokesman". CNN. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "@2000 chat from New Zealand". CNN. October 11, 1999. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Tom Mintier on the British court's ruling on the Internet twins". CNN. January 23, 2001. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Tom Mintier Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Mintier, Tom Biography (has several photographys of Tom Mintier)". Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Joyella, Mark (September 19, 2016). "CNN Vet Tom Mintier Has Died". TV Newser. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 
  10. ^ Staff (September 19, 2016). "Tom Mintier, former CNN's Bangkok Bureau chief, dies". The Nation. Retrieved 2016-09-20. 

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