Anchors & Reporters
Cal Perry

Cal Perry is an international correspondent for CNN based in the network’s Beirut bureau.

Perry was previously based at CNN’s Baghdad bureau for four years, serving as the bureau chief for the last two. In this position, Perry was not only responsible for running the bureau, but he occasionally reported on air on a variety of stories including the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein, the release of journalist Alan Johnston and the cyclone that hit southwest Bangladesh.

In 2006 Perry created, directed, filmed and produced the CNN documentary, ‘Combat Hospital’ following the 10th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad over two weeks to look at the life and death struggles that mark operations every day in the Iraqi capital’s military emergency rooms.

Perry also supported CNN’s coverage of the war in Lebanon in the summer of 2006 as both a producer and on-air correspondent. He and correspondent Karl Penhaul were the first journalists to arrive in Tyre, Lebanon, amid the early fighting there. He was part of the team that received the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow award for the network’s continuing coverage of the Middle East conflict.

Perry’s career at CNN began as an assignment editor on the International Desk in Atlanta shortly after the coalition invasion in Iraq. Later that year he was promoted to Baghdad-based producer, where he would soon become an embedded reporter among troops fighting in Mosul, Fallujah, Ramadi, Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq.

In addition to his coverage in Iraq, Perry has covered the death of Yasser Arafat and other stories involving the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Perry was part of the CNN team that was recognised with an Award for the news network’s coverage of the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Perry has a BA in Government from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

 

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