Amber Lyon is a correspondent with the CNN Special Investigations and Documentary Unit. Lyon joined the network in June 2010.
Since joining CNN, Lyon reported the first live report from beneath the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico with Philippe Cousteau. Lyon was the only reporter to broadcast live exclusively from beneath the oil spill and connect viewers with what was happening beneath the BP oil disaster.
Lyon specializes in the coverage of human rights issues and has reported extensively on child sex trafficking. In 2010, She investigated the sex trafficking of domestic minors on the online classified site, Craigslist. In a CNN exclusive, Lyon brought her findings to the "Craig" in Craigslist, founder Craig Newmark. Her interview left Newmark speechless. Days later, 17 state Attorneys General quoted findings from Lyons report in a letter to Craigslist demanding the closure of their Adult Services section. Less than a month after the CNN investigation aired, Craigslist shut down their Adult Services section in the U.S. and has since closed the section worldwide. Lyon was honored with a prestigious Gracie Award for women in media for her reporting.
Lyon also reported for and co-produced a documentary on child sex trafficking entitled Selling the Girl Next Door. The hour-long documentary gave viewers a raw view into the disturbing world of underage American girls caught up in the violent sex trade.
Before becoming a permanent member of the CNN family, Lyon freelanced with the CNN Special Investigations Unit where she went undercover into Florida pain clinics to expose a pill mill epidemic. Weeks later, one of the pain clinics featured in Lyon's investigation was raided by the FBI, DEA, and IRS.
Prior to joining CNN, Lyon created Backpack Reporters, an organization where she and her team reported on stories that were not being covered by the mainstream media. Prior, Lyon lived in Central America where she spent her time learning more about immigration, economic poverty and journalism in Guatemala. Lyon also taught journalism classes to news reporters and anchors at a privately-owned TV station in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Lyon also reported for KVOA TV in Tucson, AZ covering border and immigration issues, Mexican drug cartels, wildfires, and breaking news.
Lyon is a three-time Emmy Award- winning journalist. In 2007 and 2008 Lyon won the Emmy Award for Best On-Camera Talent, Reporter for her stand-out reporting style. She also won the 2006 Emmy Award for Best Feature in 24 Hours. She has also been honored with an Edward R. Murrow award for an investigation she conducted on the dangers of co-sleeping with infants.
Lyon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri.