Shihab Rattansi is an anchor for CNN International. Based at CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, he anchors World News.
He can be seen in the morning in Europe and Africa, and the afternoon in Asia - a timeslot that frequently witnesses breaking news from around the globe. Sitting in the anchor chair for CNN, Rattansi has helmed a wide range of live, rolling coverage including the capture of Saddam Hussein; the Asian Tsunami; the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri; and numerous other developments in the Middle East suicide bombings in Israel; the Israeli attack on Yasser Arafats compound in Gaza; and various key events during Israels war against Hezbollah in Lebanon and the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
His work anchoring the first several hours of coverage of the 2004 Asian Tsunami was singled out by the jury who awarded CNN the 2006 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Broadcast News Award for its reporting of the catastrophe.
Rattansi has reported and presented for several of CNN's feature programmes including 'Insight' and 'Global Challenges', as well as for one-off news specials such as 'The Trial of Saddam Hussein'.
Rattansi has been working in television news production in Europe, Asia and the United States since 1993. Prior to his work at CNN, he was with Channel News Asia, the pan-Asian satellite news channel based in Singapore, where he anchored a weekly current affairs programme. While with CNA, he covered the political and economic turmoil that engulfed Southeast Asia in the late 90s, reporting from across the region.
He was born and raised in Britain, where he studied art history at University College London.