Robyn Curnow is a CNN anchor and host of International Desk with Robyn Curnow, which airs weekdays at 11am ET and 12pm ET on CNN International.
Robyn Curnow is a CNN anchor and host of CNN International's International Desk with Robyn Curnow, which airs weekdays at 11am ET and 12pm ET. Previously, she served as a CNN correspondent in Johannesburg and London.
Curnow has anchored CNN's coverage of the terror attacks in Paris, Brussels, Bangladesh, Tunisia, Mali and Kenya. She's covered the rise of ISIS, the war in Syria and the growth of homegrown European terror. This year she reported live from Havana during U.S. President Barack Obama's historic trip to Cuba, providing reports and analysis on Obama's meeting with Raoul Castro and the political implications of this new era in Cuban-U.S. relations. Her show continues to cover the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Additionally, Curnow has anchored CNN's coverage of Pope Francis, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and interviewed astronauts in the International Space Station.
In her previous role as a correspondent, Curnow covered a wide range of stories from Africa including Nelson Mandela, the trial of Oscar Pistorius, the soccer World Cup and political scandals involving South African President Jacob Zuma. She traveled extensively on the continent and reported from Zimbabwe on human rights abuses and corruption.
Curnow led CNN's coverage of Nelson Mandela's death and reported exclusively from his funeral at his homestead in Qunu. Mandela's family gave her unparalleled access to his final resting place and details on his last moments. In the months leading up to Mandela's death, Curnow broke the news that Mandela was on life support and dialysis. Curnow had a long association with Mandela, interviewing him a number of times since his Presidency. Her conversation with him on his 90th birthday was the last official interview he gave.
Curnow has interviewed Oscar Pistorius and was based in Pretoria during his murder trial. Her documentary on the Olympian, commissioned by Anderson Cooper 360°, also featured exclusive footage and interviews with Pistorius' inner circle.
In 2013, Curnow travelled to Zambia for an exclusive interview with former U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura. Separately, she also interviewed U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama when she travelled to Botswana. She's also interviewed Oprah Winfrey and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Curnow started reporting for CNN in 2002 in London, covering the impact of the South Asian tsunami, the London bombings in 2005 and the death of Pope John Paul II from the Vatican.
Before joining CNN, Curnow was a reporter for the BBC and for the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
Curnow graduated with a master's degree in International Relations from Cambridge University. She born in Australia and raised in South Africa.