Zain Asher

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Zain Asher
Zain Ejiofor Asher

(1983-08-27) August 27, 1983 (age 35)
NationalityEnglish, Nigerian
EducationKeble College, Oxford University (BA)
Columbia University (MS)
OccupationAnchor, Journalist
Years active2006–present
RelativesChiwetel Ejiofor (brother)
Chidozie Ejiofor (cousin)

Zain Ejiofor Asher (born 27 August 1983) is a British Nigerian news anchor at CNN International who is based in New York City.

She anchors CNN Newsroom weekdays at 2:30pm ET on CNN International. Previously, Asher co-anchored CNN Newsroom at 1am ET on CNN America. In 2013, Asher joined CNN as a business correspondent based in New York City.[1] In addition to financial reporting for CNN, she also had a monthly column in Money Magazine.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born in Balham, London Borough of Wandsworth, England, to Nigerian parents. She is the younger sister of actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.[3][4][5][6] She is of Igbo ancestry and hails from Enugu state, Ezeagu LGA, Nigeria.

Asher graduated from Keble College, Oxford University in 2005 with a degree in Spanish and French.[7] She subsequently graduated from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York City in 2006.[8]

Early career[edit]

Prior to joining CNN in February 2013, Asher was a full-time reporter for Money, where she wrote personal finance articles.[9][10] Asher also was a TV reporter at News 12 Brooklyn, reporting from Brooklyn, the Bronx and Connecticut.[11]


  1. ^ "Quick Links". CNN.
  2. ^ Asher, Zain (1 July 2014). "Is Living with Mom and Dad Starting to Cramp Your Style? Take These Steps to Independence". Time.
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  4. ^ Mesure, Susie (27 January 2013). "Chiwetel Ejiofor: 'I find racial concepts fascinating'". London: The Independent. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Quick Links".
  6. ^ Oscars 2014: Watch Chiwetel Ejiofor's sister Zain Asher cry on live TV following Oscar nomination
  7. ^ "35 Years of Keble Women". Keble College, Oxford University.
  8. ^ "Quick Links".
  9. ^ Asher, Zain (8 February 2013). "5 Things to Know About Car Leases". Time.
  10. ^ Asher, Zain (25 October 2012). "Amazon: Buying Growth at a Price". Time.
  11. ^ "Quick Links". CNN.