About 

  • Clarissa Ward is CNN's multi-award winning chief international correspondent based in London.

    For more than 15 years Ward has reported from front lines across the world from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen to Ukraine to Georgia -- during the Russian incursion in 2008 -- and Iran.

    Named 2019 Reporter/Correspondent of the Year by the Gracies, she is the author of 'On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist' (Penguin Press), a memoir that details her singular career as a conflict reporter and how she has documented the violent remaking of the world from close range.

    She is also the host of the limited series podcast from CNN Audio, Tug of War.

    Ward most recently reported from Afghanistan in the weeks leading up to the fall of Kabul, staying in the country for several days after the Taliban took control of the capital city. She got exclusive access to an Afghan base in Kandahar days before it was taken by the Taliban and also interviewed the Taliban at a former US military base in Ghazni province after it had been seized.

    Her extensive reporting from the streets of Kabul after the Taliban took control showed the chaos and fear that ensued, including chaotic scenes outside the city's airport as Taliban fighters blocked access to people trying to flee the country. Days before Kabul fell Ward also interviewed a senior ISIS-K commander about the terrorist group's plans in Afghanistan. After the interview ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the deadly attack outside the Kabul airport.

    Nearly two months after the February military coup in Myanmar, Ward and her team were the first foreign journalists permitted to enter the Southeast Asian nation. While there she reported on the widespread military crackdown and confronted Myanmar's military junta about the violent suppression of protests taking place in the country.

    And as India experienced a deadly second wave of coronavirus, Ward traveled across the country to cover the unfolding crisis. Reporting from an understaffed Covid-19 ward in Uttar Pradesh and overwhelmed crematoriums in Delhi and the holy city of Varanasi, Ward was one of three CNN correspondents in India covering the rampant spread of the deadly virus.

    Ward was also part of CNN's coverage of Joe Biden's first overseas trip as president, traveling to Geneva for President Biden's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and covering the G7 summit in England, where she interviewed British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    In late 2020 Ward investigated the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, uncovering new evidence identifying the Russian security services who trailed Navalny for more than 30 trips over the course of three years. As part of this joint investigation with Bellingcat, Ward interviewed Navalny at an undisclosed location in Germany -- even showing him photographs of the agents that tracked him -- and confronted a suspected member of the elite toxins team at his home outside Moscow. Ward and CNN were recognized with two 2021 Emmy Awards for their investigation with Bellingcat.