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Don Riddell

Don Riddell is an anchor and correspondent for ‘World Sport’, working out of CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta.

He is currently the host of ‘World Sport’ and is one of the network’s most versatile anchors, having also presented news programs ‘World News’ and ‘CNN Today’ as well as the long-running feature show ‘Living Golf’.

In 2013 Riddell fronted the CNN documentary ‘World Sports Presents: Branded a Rebel,’ which examines the 30th anniversary of cricket’s highly controversial “Rebel Tours”, specifically the West Indies unauthorized tour of apartheid-era South Africa in 1983. Featuring powerful interviews with some of the cricketers - who were punished with lifetime bans - ‘Branded a Rebel’ won the Foreign Press Association’s ‘Sports Story of the Year’ award in 2013 as well as a Golden Eagle from CINE.

Since joining CNN in 2002 he has traveled extensively; filing stories from dozens of different countries and interviewing many of the world’s top sports names including Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Sebastian Vettel and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. He covered Spain’s 2010 World Cup victory from Madrid and has broadcast live from Wimbledon, the US Open (both tennis and golf), the Ryder Cup, the Open Championship, the Rugby World Cup, the Tour de France, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and five consecutive Champions League finals.

Riddell’s news experience includes reporting from the 2010 Royal Wedding and the G20 summit in London. From the studio, he has covered the Haiti earthquake, the Mumbai terror attacks, the disputed Iranian election and the death of Michael Jackson. He has profiled a variety of personalities from astronauts to prime ministers, holocaust survivors and the world’s tallest man.

In addition to his broadcast work, Riddell often writes for CNN.com and occasionally pens columns for publications around the world. He is an award-winning filmmaker and keen photographer, whose pictures are often seen alongside his reports on CNN.com.

Prior to joining CNN, Riddell worked in British regional television; starting on ‘Calendar News’ with Yorkshire Television (YTV) in Leeds, and the London News Network (LNN), where he worked as a presenter and reporter for the ‘London Tonight’ program.

In 1998, Riddell was invited to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace, having been identified as one of the nation’s young achievers by the Independent Television Commission.

He has run both the London and New York Marathons.

Riddell has a Bachelors degree with honours in Public Media/Communication and Cultural Studies from Leeds University.

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