About 

  • Dianne Gallagher is a CNN National Correspondent based in Atlanta.

    In 2018, Gallagher led CNN's reporting on the activists from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl., following the massacre of 17 students and teachers there.. She lived in Florida for a month, embedding with the students and reporting live from a bus as they caravanned from Parkland to the state capital, and eventually flew with them to Washington, D.C. as they lead people from around the world in the "March for our Lives" demonstration. That same year, she was one of the few reporters to gain access to government detention facilities where families were held after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Gallagher has also reported on multiple national disasters, including Hurricanes Florence and Michael of 2018, and CNN's Emmy-nominated hurricane coverage of 2017 on Harvey, Maria and Irma.

    In 2016, Gallagher spent most of the year on the campaign trail, going to caucuses, primaries, debates and party conventions across the United States. She was in the room, reporting live, when Donald Trump was declared the winner of the historic election. She also reported from Orlando, Florida on the Pulse Nightclub massacre where 49 people were killed, and covered multiple police-involved shootings and accompanying protests in cities across America. Gallagher reported live from Louisville, Kentucky on the funeral of boxing legend and humanitarian Muhammad Ali. When former Cuban leader Fidel Castro died, Gallagher flew to Cuba to follow the burial ceremonies and talk to people there about what his death means for Cuba's future.

    Gallagher started with CNN in 2015 based in Washington, D.C., and in In her first assignment was sent to Paris to cover the November 2015 terror attacks and manhunts that followed.

    Prior to CNN, Gallagher worked for WCNC in Charlotte, North Carolina where she was a lead reporter and morning anchor. While at WCNC, she received several awards for her work on security issues in Charlotte, as well as the FBI investigation into and subsequent arrest of the city's mayor. While covering the state General Assembly, she covered often controversial laws passed on Voter ID, abortion, same sex marriage and government power. Working in a battleground state, and the site of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, she spent much of 2012 covering the presidential election.

    She began her career as an anchor and reporter at CN2 in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

    The daughter of a U.S. Army General, Gallagher spent her childhood moving from country to country. She speaks six languages, including Arabic, German, Italian and Spanish.

    Gallagher graduated from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and the University of Tennessee. You can find her on twitter: @DianneG