• Blake Essig is an award-winning international correspondent for CNN based at the network's Tokyo bureau. He is responsible for covering major news from Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

    Before joining CNN, Essig worked as a multimedia journalist at KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska, covering major breaking news stories including deadly plane crashes, earthquakes, flooding and wildfires.

    He produced a five-part series on Alaska's whalers focusing on the history and controversy surrounding the subsistence hunt, as well as produced a weekly series which profiled people, events and life in one of the most beautiful and unforgiving locations in the world.

    While on special assignment, Essig filed in-depth reports from the front line of the war in Afghanistan, he followed a trade delegation from Alaska to China as the trade war ramped up, he produced several long form pieces on the climate crisis and reported from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

    Essig has been recognized with multiple accolades during his career including seven Edward R. Murrow Awards, three Emmys and a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalism. He graduated with honors from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University.