ITHACA, NY—The Park Distinguished Visitor Series at Ithaca College will host a talk by CNN international correspondent Christiane Amanpour and former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State James Rubin on Wednesday, April 9. The free public presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Ben Light Gymnasium.
One of the most eminent journalists of our time, Amanpour is equally at home conducting exclusive interviews with world leaders and reporting from the heart of war zones. She has received wide acclaim and numerous awards for her work, particularly for her extensive coverage of conflicts in the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East. Rubin is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and serves as a member of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign team. Amanpour and Rubin have been married since 1998.
It was in 1989 and 1990 that Amanpour first began to earn her reputation as a world-class correspondent, as she reported on the dramatic changes occurring in central Europe. Currently based in London, she has been involved in every major news story that CNN has covered, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iraq War, the natural disasters of the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, and the Madrid railway and London tube bombings. She traveled to Sudan to report on the crisis in Darfur, where her coverage included an exclusive interview with Sudanese President al-Bashir.
Amanpour has recently focused on the production of a series of documentaries. In 2006 she presented two award-winning programs: “Where Have all the Parents Gone?” a powerful film examining the plight of the more than one million children orphaned to AIDS in Kenya, and a two-hour exploration of the life of the world’s most wanted terrorist, “In the Footsteps of Bin Laden.”
In total, Amanpour has won nine Emmy awards, two George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, an Edward R Murrow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Broadcast Journalism and a Courage in Journalism Award. In 2007 she was recognized in the birthday honors list of Queen Elizabeth II with a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire).
Rubin served under President Clinton as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and as chief spokesman for the U.S. Department of State from 1997 to 2000. A top policy adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, he also conducted daily briefings for the State Department press corps and represented the administration regarding U.S. diplomatic, foreign economic and national security policies.
From 2000 to 2007, Rubin worked in London as a broadcaster, professor, commentator and communications consultant. Most recently, he was international news anchor and world affairs commentator for Sky News. During the 2004 presidential election, he served as senior adviser for national security for Senator John Kerry.
The Park Distinguished Visitor Series is made possible through the generosity of the Park Foundation. Past visitors have included journalist Bill Moyers, filmmaker Ken Burns, author and political satirist P. J. O’Rourke, president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service Pat Mitchell and Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist Clarence Page.
Note to all editors: Christiane Amanpour and James Rubin will be available briefly for media interviews on Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Ben Light Gymnasium (just prior to their public presentation). For more information, contact Melissa Gattine in the Roy H. Park School for Communications at (607) 274-1023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.