Chief National Security Correspondent
Jim Sciutto is the Chief National Security Correspondent for CNN, based in Washington. He hosts "The Brief" for CNN Digital.
Jim Sciutto in Chief National Security Correspondent for CNN, based in Washington. He served previously as Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke from 2011 to 2013.
Prior to accepting this appointment, Sciutto was ABC News' Senior Foreign Correspondent. Based in London from 2002 to 2011 and then in Washington, Sciutto reported from more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, including more than a dozen assignments each in Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran. He contributed to all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including "World News," "Nightline" and "Good Morning America" and also anchored "World News" and "Good Morning America."
In 2010, Sciutto won the Edward R. Murrow award for his reporting from Iran during the 2009 election protests. In 2008 he was awarded the George Polk Award for Television Reporting for his work from Myanmar, as well as a Citation for Excellence from the Overseas Press Club. Sciutto has defied government restrictions to report undercover from Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Iran several times.
He won Emmy awards in 2004 and 2005 for best story in a regularly scheduled newscast, covering northern Iraq for "Iraq: Where Things Stand." He was nominated for other Emmys in 2005 for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story for "Crisis in Beslan" and in 2007 for Good Morning America's "Around the World" series.
In September 2008, Sciutto published a book based on his reporting experiences in the Middle East, entitled "Against Us: The New Face of America's Enemies in the Muslim World," published by Random House. Publishers Weekly called it "deeply insightful" and "captivating"; Booklist, "much-needed light on dark geopolitical realities". ABC News' Charlie Gibson said "It's a solid job of reporting, a personal journey of discovery and a wake-up call for all who read it."
Prior to joining ABC News in 1998, Sciutto was Hong Kong-based correspondent for Asia Business News, an Asia-wide TV network owned by Dow Jones. He covered China, and the region from Mongolia to the Korean peninsula to Southeast Asia.
Sciutto's first job in television was as moderator and producer of "The Student Press," a weekly public affairs talk show for U.S. and Canadian college students broadcast on PBS.
Sciutto earned a BA cum laude in Chinese history from Yale University in 1992. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Hong Kong from 1993 to 1994. In 2008, he was selected as a lifetime member of the Council of Foreign Relations. In 2002, he was appointed Associate Fellow of Pierson College at Yale.