Arwa Damon is regarded as one of the best correspondents that CNN's Istanbul bureau team has to offer. She is a senior international correspondent who reports about the news happening in the Middle East and North Africa region, including the coverage of the Second Battle of Fallujah, Operation Steel Curtain, and the Iraq War.
Also, she has reported about conflicts in Iraq and Syria for which she was rewarded with three Emmys, including Outstanding News Special for Return to Mosul.
Due to her focus on the humanitarian stories as well as in conflict zones, she has even won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 2018.
Wiki Plus Bio (Age)
The CNN’s award-winning senior international correspondent was born on the 19th of September 1977, in Boston, Massachusetts. She got enrolled at Skidmore College in New York and studied biology and French. Later, she passed out of the college with a double major in French and Biology and a minor in International affairs.
Parents & Family Life
Arwa Damon was raised in a bilingual household (English and Arabic). Her American father, George H Damon Jr, is an Educational Consultant at Creative Educational Strategies, whereas her Syrian mother, Damon, is a housewife.
She also has a younger sister named Mawadda.
Arwa Damon with her mother while she was 16 years old (Photo: Arwa Damon's Instagram)
Arwa and her sister spent most of her childhood in different places like Istanbul and Morocco.
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Arwa Damon started off her career by working in a textile manufacturing company. Later, she left her job and began working as a freelance producer for various news organizations (Feature Story News PBS and CNN). After nearly three years of working as a freelance producer, she officially joined CNN in 2006.
Since she joined the CNN team in the Istanbul bureau, she has always tried to give her best. Some of the news that she has covered are Operation Steel Curtain, Iraqi elections of 2005, President.
Interesting Facts About Arwa Damon
Her family moved to Morocco when she was 6-year-old, and after three years, her family again relocated to Istanbul.
For a short period, she also lived in Turkey.
She is multi-lingual and is very fluent in Arabic, English, French, and Turkish language.
In her career, she has also reported about the war in Iraq between militant Islamist group, ISIS and the Iraqi national army.
She is a social person and always tends to provide help to needy peoples. Also, she is the president and founder of the humanitarian organization, INARA.
Her maternal grandfather, Muhsin al-Barazi, was the former Prime Minister of Syria (assassinated in a military coup in 1949).
Her zodiac sign is Virgo.
She is a pet lover and loves to keep cats.