CNN International today announced the appointment of Will Ripley as the network’s Tokyo-based correspondent.
A journalist with almost 15 years of experience, Ripley will be responsible for covering major news stories from Japan.
“Will is a tenacious, dedicated, courageous reporter – exactly what we look for at CNN,” Executive Vice President and Managing Director of CNN International Tony Maddox said. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the CNN family as we continue to strengthen our coverage in the Asia region.”
Ripley has spent the last three years as an investigative journalist and anchor for KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado. Prior to that appointment he spent seven years on the U.S-Mexico border as an anchor and reporter for KRGV-TV in South Texas. He reported on drug cartels, border violence and illegal immigration. Before moving to Texas, Ripley worked for KRCG-TV in Missouri.
Throughout his career, Ripley has won numerous reporting accolades including four Regional Edward R. Murrow awards and a Heartland Regional Emmy award. Ripley studied journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, is an accomplished cameraman and editor, and speaks fluent Spanish.
‘Inside the Middle East’ is hosted by Sara Sidner in February and takes viewers on a trip across the United Arab Emirates. FULL POST
CNN's Michael Holmes (@holmescnn) sits down with Iraq's former interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi to discuss his successor, Nouri al-Maliki, and what role he thinks the U.S. should play in Iraq.
"I warned all the leaders in the world and the region that unless this is averted then Iraq – once it reaches point of no return – all of the region will burn up."
Holmes, who has made more than a dozen tours of Baghdad in the last decade, says things are in many ways worse for Iraqis now than in 2011. Find out why here: www.cnn.com/holmes.
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Character, camaraderie, integrity; attributes often touted in the world of sport. But in recent years, there’s one action that’s gradually being tested on the field and in the ring… tolerance. The topic of homosexuality and homophobia in sport seems to have run rampant among the world’s leading sporting federations. FULL POST
CNN's Hala Gorani (@halagorani) interviews the brother of Al Jazeera producer Mohamed Fahmy, who was taken into custody Sunday in Egypt by authorities who accused him of belonging to a terrorist group.
Speaking from Kuwait City, Adel Fahmy says accusations that his brother is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood are not true.
"These are extremely false accusations, could not be further from the truth. He's a very objective journalist, producer, reporter, and he's always taken pride in his job."
CNN today announced the return of acclaimed series COLD WAR, the critical exploration of the nearly half-century long military and ideological conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. In a year which marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, COLD WAR takes viewers on a journey through the most dramatic moments in modern history, revealing how these events changed the face of Europe and continue to define our world today.
“COLD WAR is an epic series that captures the dynamics of one of the most important eras of recent times,” said Mike McCarthy, senior vice president of programming for CNN International. “We are thrilled to offer viewers one of CNN’s most comprehensive and informative productions starting this January.”
CNN’s and TIME’s Fareed Zakaria travels to and across India for an extraordinarily insightful look at the world’s largest democracy from the inside – its complexities, challenges, and achievements. The one-hour in-depth special report, India at a Crossroads – A Fareed Zakaria GPS Special will debut Sunday, Dec. 29 at 10:00am and 1:00pm on CNN/U.S. It will air on CNN International at 7:00am and 3:00pm. All times Eastern.
To give global viewers greater perspective into the opportunities and obstacles faced by the one-sixth of humanity that is India, Zakaria spoke with leaders in business, politics, Bollywood, and more. For insights on India’s multicultural, multi-class, multilingual, multi-religious society, Zakaria spoke with: the Deputy Chairman of India’s Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia; chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Limited Mukesh Ambani, the wealthiest man in India; actress and human rights activist Shabana Azmi; former CEO for Procter & Gamble in India Gurcharan Das; politician and anti-corruption activist, Arvind Kerjriwal; actor and talk show host Aamir Khan; tech entrepreneur Nandan Nilekani; Member of Parliament from the Indian state of Odisha, Jay Panda; and chairman emeritus of India’s largest conglomerate, the Tata Group, Ratan Tata. FULL POST
In an exclusive interview, tennis legend Billie Jean King told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour she “thrilled” to represent the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. “I'm very proud to go as an athlete, and as a gay woman,” she said. “I'm thrilled.”
Asked by Amanpour if there will be any protests, King said “Maybe we should wave rainbow flags or something, I don’t know,” she said, drawing an analogy to the Black Power salute – a raised fist – given by two American athletes at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. She added “As long as we’re not being malicious, we can show our feelings.”
President Obama named the former tennis champion, who is gay, to the American delegation at the Olympics earlier this week. The President himself will not attend the Games – the first time in more than a decade that an American president has not done so.
King said if the anti-gay law was the reason for the President’s non-attendance he should “go ahead and say it,” but added – with tongue in cheek – that he was “sending a ‘King’ instead of a president.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a press conference Thursday, knocked down criticism over the law as “Western values.”