Director of Coverage
Nicola Careem is a Director of Coverage for CNN International, based at the network's Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong.
Nicola Careem is a Director of Coverage for CNN International, based at the network's Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong. She is responsible for news coverage from the Asia-Pacific region, as well as leading the network's global coverage for key parts of the day.
Careem joined CNN in 2022 after 20 years with the BBC, most recently serving as the BBC South Asia Bureau Chief based in New Delhi. In this role, she was the most senior editor in Asia for BBC's Newsgathering operation, responsible for multiple teams of journalists working across digital, television and radio. She led the BBC's English coverage on all major news stories from the region including the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the subsequent Taliban takeover, the devastating spread of Covid-19 in India, the 2019 Indian elections and the Easter terror attacks in Sri Lanka.
Careem has spent her entire career working in international news journalism, and has extensive experience with humanitarian and conflict journalism, having covered six wars from the ground and led teams in the most hostile environments. She has worked across the Middle East covering stories in Yemen, Iraq, Gaza, Libya and Syria. She has produced exclusive access interviews, most notably with President Assad of Syria and President Hadi of Yemen.
Careem has been recognized multiple times for her work, including producing stories and interviews which have won three RTS Awards, three Peabody Awards and two Prix Bayeux Awards for war reporting. In 2021, her work covering the Covid-19 crisis in India won Best Single News Story at the Asian Academy Creative Awards. In 2020, she was part of the team that won a Statistical Excellence in Journalism Award for coverage of the war in Afghanistan.
Careem was born and raised in London and studied social science at Manchester Metropolitan University