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Jim Clancy

Jim Clancy brings the experience of more than three decades covering the world to every newscast on CNN International. He didn't just read about the collapse of Communism, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the siege of Beirut, the Rwanda Genocide, or all of the Iraq wars. He was there. His illustrious career includes award-winning reporting on the events that have shaped history over the last quarter century.

Based at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Clancy currently anchors global news wrap ‘The Brief’, which airs Fridays at 1100ET and replays throughout the weekend on CNNI.

In his 32 years with the network, Clancy has taken viewers to places all over the world from Johannesburg to Shanghai and Beirut to Seoul, where he recently spent several weeks contributing to CNN’s coverage of North Korea.

He often anchors CNNI programming on location, offering viewers insight and context that comes with many years of reporting in the field. Last year his live reports from Astana, Kazakhstan marked a first for CNN as it was the first ever live broadcast the network had done from the country.

Clancy is also a regular contributor to “The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery”, a multi-platform initiative that aims to expose the horrors of modern-day slavery, and to push for change. In 2011 – shortly after the Freedom Project launched – he secured an exclusive interview with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton following the release of that year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. Clancy has also taken part in many key discussions with thought-leaders and anti-slavery activists on the front lines of this global fight.

Clancy helped lead CNNI's coverage of the 2003 War in the Gulf that led to the overthrow of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. During the invasion, his critical examination of the military and humanitarian aspects of the conflict gave viewers an independent, unbiased perspective on the war. A veteran correspondent who has been travelling to Iraq for more than two decades, he brings perspective to the ongoing debate over Iraq's future.

Inside Iraq, his coverage focused beyond the fall of Saddam Hussein to the looting of the National Museum and the charges of payoffs and power plays that ultimately led to the arrest of a "self-declared Mayor" of Baghdad. His years of experience covering Iraq also contributed to a deeper perspective of what the Iraqi people endured during decades of dictatorship and what their aspirations are for the future.

Following the September 11th terrorist attacks on America, Clancy traveled to Afghanistan to cover the War on Terrorism, meet with Taliban leaders and witness the collapse of their grip on power.

Having lived in Beirut and worked in almost every Arab country, Clancy also has a seasoned understanding of the Middle East. He reported on the conflict between Israel and Lebanon for both CNNI and CNN/U.S. from Beirut. He flew with Yasser Arafat and now Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas aboard Arafat's private jet. He interviewed Ariel Sharon as he declared control over most of Beirut. He sat alongside Yitzhak Rabin for comments on the future of peace in both on and off-the-record conversations.

His wide-ranging interest in international affairs is evident in Africa as much, if not more than anywhere else. Clancy played a key role in bringing the half-hour weekly program 'Inside Africa' to air to give the world a more balanced and more accurate view of the problems and the progress being made on the continent.

Clancy has traveled extensively in Africa, meeting and interviewing Heads of State in Nigeria, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zimbabwe and more. For his work on Inside Africa, he received the A.H. Boerma Award 2000-01 from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization for increasing public awareness of hunger in the world.

From 1982 to 1996, Clancy was a CNN international correspondent in the Beirut, Frankfurt, Rome and London bureaus. During this time, he won with the George Polk Award for his reporting on the genocide in Rwanda, the Alfred I. duPont Award for coverage of the war in Bosnia and an Emmy Award for reporting on the famine and international intervention in Somalia.

Jim Clancy joined CNN in 1981 as a national correspondent after an extensive, award-winning career in local radio and television in Denver and San Francisco.

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