CNN hires foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward from CBS News

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Posted: Sep 21, 2015 9:11 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Award-winning foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward is joining CNN, the network announced Monday.

Her move concludes a four-year stint at CBS News, where she reported for all of that network's news programs, including "60 Minutes" and the "CBS Evening News," and played a notable role in its hard-news mission.

At CNN, she will be senior international correspondent, based in London, reporting for all of CNN's platforms, the network said.

"No other organization has the same scope and depth and recognition across the world," Ward said. "And no other organization devotes the same amount of resources and air time to the most important international stories of our time."

Ward has covered major international events for nearly a decade, most recently from Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan. She has also reported extensively on the revolution in Ukraine, the Russian incursion into Georgia, and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Her reporting of Syria's civil war earned her Peabody, DuPont and Edward R. Murrow awards. She has also won two Emmys.

Last fall she traveled undercover to Syria to interview two Westerners fighting against the United States, a risk taken against the backdrop of kidnappings and beheadings by Islamic state fighters.

Before joining CBS News in 2011, Ward was an ABC News correspondent based in Beijing and Moscow and a correspondent for Fox News, where she reported from Beirut and Baghdad.

She graduated from Yale University and speaks six languages.

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