Friday, January 13, 2012

Nick Paton Walsh Joins CNN

Nick Paton Walsh has joined CNN as an international correspondent. Walsh has been reporting for CNN as a freelance journalist since March 2011. He was previously Asia correspondent for the UK's Channel 4. CNN's press release below.

CNN Press Release: Award-winning correspondent Nick Paton Walsh joins CNN

Award-winning journalist Nick Paton Walsh has joined CNN as an international correspondent, it was announced by Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president of international newsgathering.

Walsh made his name and reputation as a tenacious and committed reporter through more than a decade working at the UK's Guardian newspaper and Channel 4 News.

"Nick is an accomplished and respected journalist, bringing with him an impressive portfolio of award-winning coverage on stories of global significance," Khosravi said. "We are pleased to add him to our excellent team of journalists at CNN and look forward to his reporting across the international news agenda," she added.

Nick first reported for CNN in March 2011, from Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was subsequently the first correspondent for CNN reporting live from Abbotabad covering the death of Osama Bin Laden, where he obtained exclusive video from inside the al-Qaeda leader's compound and broke the global story that a courier's cellphone signal had led American troops there.

Prior to taking up his position with CNN, Walsh spent several years traveling to Kabul as Channel 4 News' Asia correspondent. Amongst numerous stories during his time with the British broadcaster, he was embedded with troops in locations across Afghanistan from Kandahar to Helmand, gained rare access to a tiny and isolated American outpost near the Pakistani border which was overrun by insurgents and covered the 2009 presidential election crisis.

Previously, while Asia and foreign affairs correspondent at Channel 4 News he secured a rare and exclusive interview with the Russian alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout, while his teams' reports on alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka at the end of the civil war led to their forced deportation from the country. Walsh was also the program's undercover correspondent in Zimbabwe for the violent 2008 elections, reported on the July 2008 war between Russia and Georgia, the Mumbai hotel sieges in India, Naxalite rebels in Chhattisgarh, India and the protests that shook Bangkok in May 2010.

From 2002 to 2006, he was the Moscow Correspondent for the Guardian newspaper during the rise of Vladimir Putin. He reported on both the Dubrovka theatre siege and the Beslan school hostage crisis, alongside the revolutions in Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan and developments from the troubled North Caucasus.

Walsh won the British Press Awards' Young Journalist of the Year in 2000 and four years later was nominated for their Foreign Correspondent award for the Guardian's coverage of the Beslan school hostage crisis. He won Amnesty International's Gaby Rado Award for his work in the former Soviet Union and their television award for his work in Sri Lanka in 2010. In February this year his work in Kandahar, Afghanistan was part of a body of reports that won Channel 4 News the prestigious Broadcast television award for news and current affairs coverage.

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