Clarissa Ward Bio, Age, Husband, CNN, ABC News, Fox News, CBS, Net Worth

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Clarissa Ward Bio, Wiki

Clarissa Ward is an American journalist who serves as the chief international correspondent for CNN. She previously worked as a foreign news correspondent for CBS News based in London and was also a Moscow-based news correspondent for ABC News.

Clarissa Ward Age

Ward was born on 30 January 1980 in New York, United States. She is 41 years old as of 2021.

Clarissa Ward Height

Clarissa boasts of a height of 5 feet 11 inches tall.

Clarissa Ward Family

Clarissa was born in New York to Rodney Ward an investment banker who worked in Hong Kong beginning when she was 14 and Donna Ward an interior designer . Their previous home on South Ocean Boulevard was awarded the Schuler Award from the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach.

Clarissa Ward Husband

Ward is happily married to the love of her life Philipp von Bernstorff, a German Count whom she met at a dinner party in Moscow in 2007.It was love at first sight for the couple, and they began dating before exchanging vows in November 2016 in London. Instead of throwing a lavish party, the couple held a small ceremony at Chelsea Old Town Hall, followed by a lunch for just 46 guests at their Notting Hill home. Ward had only purchased her wedding gown six days prior (at a Harvey Nichols department store) and planned to do her own hair and beauty—until her CNN makeup artist intervened.

Clarissa Ward Children

She has two kids, from her marriage; Ezra Albrecht Nikolas Nour who was born on 2 March 2018 and Caspar Hugo Augustus Idris Von Bernstorff born in June 29 2020.

Clarissa Ward Education

Ward graduated from Yale University with distinction and in 2013 received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Middlebury College in Vermont .

Clarissa Ward CNN

Clarissa Ward, based in London, is CNN’s top international correspondent. In 2015, she became a member of the network. She has reported on important stories such as, She looked into Russian trolls operating in Ghana and Nigeria in order to inflame racial tensions and cause social instability in the United States. She visited one of the operation’s bases in Ghana, where she spoke with one of the trolls and tracked down the operation’s leader, a Ghanaian living in Russia.

She has also contributed to CNN’s breaking news coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic and the US-Iran conflict earlier this year, following the story from the United States, Iraq — including the site of an Iranian missile attack — and Ukraine. Ward was on the ground in Syria reporting the pandemonium of families fleeing their homes amid military attacks when Turkey launched a military offensive targeting America’s Kurdish partners in northern Syria last October. This year, her reporting on the Turkish incursion helped the network win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Breaking News Coverage.

Ward explored Russia’s employment of mercenaries in a two-part CNN story called “Putin’s Private Army” in 2019. Ward got the first on-camera interview with a former fighter for Wagner — Russia’s most notorious private military contractor — for this months-long, Emmy Award-winning investigation. She went to the Central African Republic to investigate the growing presence of Russian mercenaries on the continent. Ward and her team were followed and intimidated by a car full of Russians after visiting a diamond mine with ties to a Russian tycoon. Following the publication of their stories, they were targeted by a Russian media propaganda campaign aimed at discrediting their work.

Ward achieved unparalleled access to Taliban-controlled area in Afghanistan for an exclusive report called “36 Hours with the Taliban.” Ward and CNN field producer Salma Abdelaziz visited a local madrasa and a Taliban-run clinic in the village of Pashma Qala, where dozens of boys and girls studied their Qurans.

She covered the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi extensively in 2018, including capturing exclusive footage showing a Saudi operator posing as Khashoggi in an attempt to cover up the murder. In 2019, the report on Khashoggi’s body double won a Golden Nymph at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, while CNN’s entire coverage of Khashoggi’s murder won a prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award in 2020.

Ward also fronted ‘Shadow Over Europe,’ a CNN investigation into the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in 2018, traveling to Poland, Germany and France to see how these countries were tackling this rise of anti-Semitic incidents and stereotypes. ‘Shadow Over Europe’ was recognized with a 2019 Edward R. Murrow Award in the News Series category for Television Networks.

Clarissa Ward Fox News

Prior to working for CNN, Ward also for Fox News, first as an overnight desk assistant in 2003 before she became an assignment editor for the network. Here she worked on the international desk coordinating coverage for stories such as the capture of Saddam Hussein, the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and the deaths of Yasir Arafat and Pope John Paul II. In 2006, Ward worked as a field producer for Fox News. She produced coverage of the Israeli-Lebanese war, the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit and subsequent Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip, the trial of Saddam Hussein and the 2005 Iraqi constitutional referendum.

She was also based in Beirut and worked as a correspondent where covered the execution of Saddam Hussein, the Iraq War troop surge of 2007, the Beirut Arab University riots and the 2007 Bikfaya bombings. She conducted interviews with notable figures such as Gen. David Petraeus, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih and Lebanese President Emile Lahoud. She also spent time embedded with the U.S. military in Iraq, most notably in Baqubah.

ABC News

Prior to joining CNN and Fox News, Ward also worked as an ABC News correspondent based in Moscow. She reported from Russia for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including World News with Charles Gibson, Nightline and Good Morning America, as well as ABC News Radio, and ABC News Now. On assignment in Russia, Ward covered the Russian Presidential elections. She was in Georgia at the time of the Russian intervention into Georgian territory. Ward was transferred to Beijing to serve as the ABC News Asian Correspondent, where she covered the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. She has also covered the war in Afghanistan.


Ward was also a CBS News foreign news correspondent . Here, she was a contributor for 60 Minutes and served as a fill-in anchor on CBS This Morning. She covered many foreign news stories including the Syrian Uprising, Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng’s stay at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and subsequent United States – China negotiations, and the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.

Clarissa Ward Book

Ward is the author of ‘On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist’ (Penguin Press), a new memoir that details her singular career as a conflict reporter and how she has documented the violent remaking of the world from close range.

Clarissa Ward Awards

Ward received a George Foster Peabody Award on May 21, 2012, in New York City for her journalistic coverage inside Syria during the Syrian uprising. In October 2014, Washington State University announced that Ward would receive the 2015 Murrow Award for International Reporting in April 2015. She has also received two Emmy Awards, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, and honors from the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association. She was named 2019 Reporter/Correspondent of the Year by the Gracies

Clarissa Ward Salary

Her annual salary is estimated to range between $ 100,000 – $ 500,000.

Clarissa Ward Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which she has earned through her career as a journalist.


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