November 27th, 2017

CNN hires Sam Kiley from Sky News for key international role

CNN has appointed Sky News’ foreign affairs editor, Sam Kiley, as senior international correspondent, based at the network’s Middle East hub in Abu Dhabi.

Kiley will join CNN’s multi award-winning roster of international talent, further strengthening its newsgathering operation with his more than three decades of journalistic experience.

After beginning his journalism career at the Johannesburg Star, Kiley returned to academia to study at Oxford University, before joining The Times (of London).  There he went on to be the Sunday Times’ Los Angeles correspondent, The Times’ award-winning Africa Bureau Chief and then Middle East Bureau Chief.

Kiley has also written for The Economist, The Spectator and other internationally renowned publications.  He is the only journalist to have spent an entire tour with British troops fighting in Helmand. “Desperate Glory”, his account of the tour, was an Economist Book of the Year.

In 2003 he began a long and equally successful career in TV journalism, working with the UK’s Channel Four, as well as the BBC and America’s PBS Frontline programme.  Since 2010 he has worked with Sky News, firstly as the network’s Defence & Security Editor, then as Middle East Correspondent in Jerusalem, and latterly as Foreign Affairs Editor.

Deborah Rayner, SVP of International Newsgathering, TV & Digital, at CNN International, said: “Sam is a uniquely experienced correspondent, with an outstanding record of investigative reporting.  He has managed bureaus, broken major stories and delivered powerful, important documentaries throughout an extraordinary career.  He is a formidable addition to our international newsgathering operation.”

Kiley added: “CNN is the world’s most watched news network with an unmatched presence on every major global story.  I have grown up as a journalist alongside CNN teams from Somalia to Sarajevo and Mosul. I have always admired them and am proud to be joining my friends at the network at this exciting, and unpredictable, time.”

Becky Anderson, Managing Editor, CNN Abu Dhabi, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Sam to Abu Dhabi.  He has a remarkable portfolio of achievements under his belt and will be a fantastic asset to our reporting across this region.”

For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Hawkins
VP, Communications CNN International
Tel: +1 404 827 3318