Michael Okwu is a general assignment correspondent for CNN. He is based in the network's New York bureau.
Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Okwu went to "ground zero" in New York City to report on the search and rescue efforts.
Previously, Okwu co-anchored Showbiz Today Reports and was a New York-based CNN Entertainment News correspondent for Showbiz Today. Okwu also served as a contributing correspondent for Showbiz Today and as a full-time general assignment correspondent for CNN.
Since joining CNN in 1987, he has contributed reports to CNN NewsStand and covered a variety of domestic and international political human-interest stories as a general assignment reporter. He has interviewed many prominent figures, including New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, New York Gov. George Pataki, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and several African heads of state.
Before becoming a correspondent in 1996, Okwu served as an associate producer, assignment editor and field producer. He also was part of the CNN production team that won an Emmy Award and CableACE Award for coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing. Additionally, Okwu won an award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) for a feature on racism in Hollywood.
Okwu earned a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard University.