I’ve been fascinated with journalist Christiane Amanpour for years and have always been a big fan. One of the most intelligent journalists on TV, man or woman, Christiane Amanpour is also one of the world’s most respected. She’s knowledgeable, fearless, outspoken and opinionated and, at the age of 52, just joined ABC’s news program “This Week“, this weekend as news anchor after 27 years with CNN. As one of the world’s most intelligent women though, what’s her background and where is Christiane Amanpour from? What is her nationality, where was she born, what religion is she and what ethnicity?
Christiane Amanpour actually has a fascinating background. Ethnically speaking, Amanpour is a mix of middle eastern and also white or caucasian. She was born in London, England to an Iranian father and a British mother. Soon after her birth her father, who was an Iranian airline executive, moved his family back to Iran and Christiane was brought up here and educated in British boarding schools. She and her family left Iran in the last 70s during the Islamic Revolution and have never returned to live there.
As far as nationality goes, technically, Amanpour has several. Being born in London, Amanpour automatically was British at birth. She’s also Iranian, or Persian, due to ethnicity of her father and has a third citizenship, American, as she’s a naturalized US citizen.
Her religion and where she grew up also makes Amanpour even more fascinating. She grew up in Islamic Iran, but is a Christian and is married to a Jew, James Rubin, a former diplomat, journalist and professor at Columbia University.
Amanpour is known to be fascinated with religions of all kinds and open-minded and respectful of all. She does, however, practice investigative journalism to such an extent she doesn’t care what religion she might be ‘exposing’ as long as she believes her facts are correct. In fact, she came in for a lot of criticism after her CNN documentary, “God’s Jewish Warriors“, but much of it came from the Jewish and Israeli communities that criticize anything seen as not 100% supportive of what Israel does to the Palestinians, so not ultimately surprising.
Christiane Amanpour is also known for her courage under fire. She’s one of the few women journalists who have reported from war and conflict zones all over the world, including Sarajevo, Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf War, Rawanda, the Palestinian Territories, Afghanistan and Somalia, to name just a few.
Christiane Amanpour is unique. She’s Christian but grew up in an Islamic country and married a Jew. She speaks fluent English, Persian and French, has reported from some of the world’s most dangerous places never worrying about her own safety as long as the story was told. She’s also managed to be a wife and a mother and, in 2007 was even given the CBE (Britain’s highest honor) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth for her “highly distinguished, innovative contribution” to journalism. Time magazine even called her the most influential journalist since Edward R. Murrow. One of a kind and a woman to be admired.
Christiane Amanpour – Wikipedia