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Dan Rivers

Dan Rivers is a Senior International Correspondent for CNN and is based at the network’s second largest production hub in London, England.

British-born Rivers joined CNN’s roster of anchors and correspondents covering the UK and Western Europe in October 2010; his remit includes reporting the day-to-day news from the United Kingdom, covering breaking news stories across the region where the network’s newsgathering needs require and continuing as part of the rotation of senior correspondents reporting for the network from countries globally that find themselves at the forefront of the global news agenda.

Prior to taking up the position at the London bureau, Rivers was based at CNN’s Bangkok bureau where he covered news and business stories from across South East Asia for four years. Whilst there, award-winning Rivers reported on the 2010 political protests in the Thai capital and also followed the Phnom Penh trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders, tracking down the chief interrogator of the S-21 prison camp, chronicling the atrocities committed, hearing from survivors and unveiling allegations of corruption at the trial. His exclusive investigation into the case of Rohingya refugees set adrift by the Thai navy made headlines around the world and led to him winning both an Amnesty International Media Award and a George Polk Award for International Television Reporting. He also gained exclusive and clandestine access to Myanmar to report on the devastating aftermath of Cyclone Nargis. Elsewhere he has closely followed stories including the flooding in Pakistan in August 2010, the Yogyakarta earthquake and the release from prison of controversial Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir.

Since joining CNN in 2006, Rivers has cemented his reputation as one of the foremost investigative reporters of his generation. He has secured exclusive interviews with international newsmakers including the Bali bombers prior to their executions, former and current Thai prime ministers, alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Prior to joining CNN, Rivers was the Crime Correspondent for Britain’s ITV News. During his career at ITN, Rivers broke the story that a series of police blunders led to the mistaken shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at a London underground station, after the Brazilian was mistaken for a terrorist. Rivers’ report was subsequently nominated for a Royal Television Society Award in the UK.

In March 2003, Rivers was one of the ITV News team covering the War in Iraq as an embedded reporter with the Royal Navy, broadcasting live from a ship in the Gulf. He was first with a tip-off of the initial attacks on Baghdad and also filed exclusive reports on mine sweeping operations off the coast of Iraq. During the three weeks after the fall of Baghdad, Rivers covered the unfolding humanitarian and aid problems in southern Iraq. Further international experience includes his coverage of the Asian Tsunami and the break-up of Yugoslavia.

Prior to joining ITN, Rivers worked for EuroNews in Lyons, France, where he reported on a variety of international news stories, including the fall of President Milosevic in Serbia.

Before that, he freelanced for London News Network (LNN) on 'London Tonight', producing reporting around the British capital. Rivers’ first job in journalism was as a journalist and newsreader on an independent local Radio station, Pirate FM. Rivers studied Social Sciences at Durham University and Broadcast Journalism at Falmouth College of Arts.

Follow Dan on Twitter - @danieljerivers

 

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