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Christiane Amanpour - Seeking Truth

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Christiane Amanpour stands as an iconic figure in the realm of international journalism, recognised for her fearless reporting, insightful interviews, and unwavering commitment to truth. With a career spanning several decades, Amanpour has become a respected and influential voice in the media landscape. In this London Real episode, Christiane discusses her life, impact and the importance of being “truthful, not neutral”.

Born on January 12, 1958, in London, Christiane Amanpour spent her formative years in Tehran, Iran, where her family moved when she was a child. Her exposure to diverse cultures at an early age played a crucial role in shaping her worldview and journalistic approach. Amanpour pursued her education at the University of Rhode Island in the United States, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.

Amanpour’s career took a significant turn in 1983 when she joined CNN as an entry-level desk assistant. Her dedication and exceptional reporting skills quickly propelled her through the ranks. In 1989, she gained global recognition for her on-the-ground reporting of the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing, showcasing her commitment to covering critical world events.

Amanpour’s reporting during the Gulf War in the early 1990s solidified her reputation as a tenacious journalist. Her coverage from conflict zones, often demonstrated by a willingness to be on the front lines, distinguished her as a fearless correspondent dedicated to bringing the truth to audiences worldwide.Amanpour’s interviewing style, characterised by incisive questioning and a commitment to holding leaders accountable, became a hallmark of her career. Over the years, she has conducted in-depth interviews with prominent figures, including world leaders, cultural icons, and influential personalities from Tony Blair, to Jacques Chirac, and Yasser Arafat to most recently having the first international sit down with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Christiane Amanpour’s influence extends beyond her reporting; she has played a pivotal role in breaking gender barriers in journalism. As a woman of Iranian descent, Amanpour has shattered stereotypes and paved the way for diversity and inclusion in the media industry. Her achievements have earned her numerous accolades, including several Emmy Awards and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in journalism.


In addition to her journalistic endeavours, Amanpour is actively involved in humanitarian causes. Her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador reflects her commitment to addressing global issues and making a positive impact beyond the newsroom. Amanpour’s ability to balance hard-hitting reporting with a compassionate advocacy for human rights further underscores her multifaceted approach to journalism.

Amanpour’s career has not been without challenges. As a journalist covering conflict zones and sensitive issues, she has faced threats and dangers. However, her resilience and unwavering dedication to her craft have allowed her to navigate these challenges and emerge as a role model for aspiring journalists worldwide.

Christiane Amanpour’s journey in journalism is a testament to the power of perseverance, courage, and a commitment to truth. Her impact extends far beyond the headlines, influencing both the industry and aspiring journalists who look up to her as a trailblazer. As Amanpour continues to shape the narrative of global events, her legacy as a fearless and principled journalist remains indelibly etched in the annals of international media.

Chapters

00:00 | Trailer
01:53 Brian’s thoughts on the episode
05:06 Brian’s introduction
05:56 A transatlantic life and transitioning from working in the field to being studio based
08:02 Christiane always wanted to “Go there”, inspired by the great journalists
11:24 Benefits of getting world’s leaders first interview and the preparation it demands
14:07 Issues surrounding reporting truthfully with objectivity
“‚Ķ being truthful
Not neutral
“19:12 What it takes to be a journalistic truth seeker and reporter
20:47 Real journalism is in a fight with fake journalism and we have to win
23:59 The public needs to take more ownership of where they get their news and find their truth
26:20 In current USA political upheaval, people are returning to serious media
27:16 The state of the Union under the seemingly divisive Presidency of Donald Trump
33:16 It’s scary, authoritarian leaders now able to denigrate journalism with accusations of fake news
35:13 International multi-layered aspects could lead to a tremendous disaster involving North Korea
40:38 Iran, Christiane describes her birthplace
43:59 Those who’ve not lived with threat of nuclear war, need to understand its world consequences
44:59 Success secrets
45:35 Commencing work for CNN, her first war field assignment and the inspiration of Ted Turner
50:21 What it is like to be a woman journalist
53:19 Christiane’s interview with Hilary Clinton, her first after losing the presidential election
55:00 Phone call to the 20 year old Christiane Amanpour
56:13 Best advice she ever received
57:11 What it takes to be a parent
57:31 Advice to the young person listening who wants to learn the truth
58:44 Motivation for Christiane to continue working to seek the truth
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org/wiki/Christiane_AmanpourChristiane Amanpour Books:Attacks on the Press in 2007https://www
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uk/Attacks-Press-2007-Worldwide-Journalists/dp/0944823270/ref=sr_1_2
s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507825437&sr=1-2&refinements=p_27%3AChristiane+AmanpourThe Unfinished Revolutionhttps://www
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com/Unfinished-Revolution-Voices-Global-Womens/dp/1609803876/ref=sr_1_1
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org/wiki/Bosnian_WarIraq Warhttps://en
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org/wiki/Iraq_WarAfghanistan 2001 – to presenthttps://en
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org/wiki/War_in_Afghanistan_(2001%E2%80%93present)Gulf Warhttps://en
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org/wiki/Gulf_War2010 Haiti Earthquakehttps://en
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org/wiki/2010_Haiti_earthquake20112 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunamihttps://en
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org/wiki/2011_T%C5%8Dhoku_earthquake_and_tsunamiHurricane Katrinahttps://en
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org/wiki/North_KoreaSomali Civil Warhttps://en
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org/wiki/Somali_Civil_WarIranian Revolutionhttps://en
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org/wiki/Iranian_RevolutionBrexithttps://en
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org/wiki/BrexitAll the President’s Men (film)https://en
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org/wiki/All_the_President%27s_Men_(film)Livingston Awardhttps://en
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org/wiki/Livingston_AwardNew United States Football League (NFL)https://en
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org/wiki/New_United_States_Football_LeagueThe Washington Posthttps://en
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org/wiki/The_Washington_PostThe New York Timeshttps://en
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org/wiki/The_New_York_TimesOne Nation after Trump (book)https://www
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uk/One-Nation-After-Trump-Disillusioned/dp/1250164052Post-truthhttps://en
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com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2016Iranhttps://en
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org/wiki/IranPeople mentioned in this episode:Donald Trumphttps://en
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org/wiki/Donald_TrumpTony Blairhttps://en
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org/wiki/Tony_BlairYasser Arafathttps://en
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org/wiki/Yasser_ArafatEmmanuel Macronhttps://en
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org/wiki/Emmanuel_MacronTed Turnerhttps://en
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org/wiki/Ted_TurnerJacques Chirachttps://en
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org/wiki/Jacques_ChiracPeter Jenningshttps://en
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org/wiki/Peter_JenningsNeil Sheehanhttps://en
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org/wiki/Neil_SheehanPeter Arnetthttps://en
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org/wiki/Peter_ArnettDavid Halberstamhttps://en
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org/wiki/David_HalberstamGloria Emersonhttps://en
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org/wiki/Gloria_EmersonMarguerite Higginshttps://en
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org/wiki/Marguerite_HigginsHassan Rouhanihttps://en
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org/wiki/Hassan_RouhaniSlobodan Miloševićhttps://en
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org/wiki/Slobodan_Milo%C5%A1evi%C4%87Bill Clintonhttps://en
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org/wiki/Bill_ClintonGeorge H W Bushhttps://en
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org/wiki/Margaret_ThatcherFrançoise Mitterrandhttps://en
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org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_MitterrandMark Zuckerburghttps://en
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org/wiki/Mark_ZuckerbergBarack Obamahttps://en
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org/wiki/Barack_ObamaE J Dionnehttps://en
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org/wiki/Norman_OrnsteinThomas E Mannhttps://en
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_MannNewt Gingrichhttps://en
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org/wiki/Newt_GingrichMarine Le Pennhttps://en
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org/wiki/Marine_Le_PenRecep Tayyip Erdoğanhttps://en
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org/wiki/Recep_Tayyip_Erdo%C4%9FanRodrigo Dutertehttps://en
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org/wiki/Rodrigo_DuterteMahmoud Ahmadinejadhttps://en
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org/wiki/Mahmoud_AhmadinejadHillary Clintonhttps://en
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org/wiki/Hillary_ClintonEllen Johnson Sirleafhttps://en
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org/wiki/Ellen_Johnson_SirleafRobert Mugabehttps://en
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org/wiki/Robert_MugabeTeodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogohttps://en
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org/wiki/Teodoro_Obiang_Nguema_MbasogoMichelle Bachelethttps://en
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org/wiki/Michelle_Bacheletsumming up.

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