Brent Sadler is an internationally recognized journalist who has spent much of his distinguished career reporting from the Middle East and has been at the heart of CNNs coverage from the region for the past 10 years. Sadlers new role for CNN as a special correspondent for the program, Inside the Middle East, underscores the importance and commitment the network attaches to the region. Sadlers in-depth knowledge and experience will showcase exclusively on CNNs feature programming including the acclaimed and recently launched Market Place Middle East. Sadlers new focus will allow both programs to plan more in-depth and expanded coverage.
Sadler has won numerous prestigious international news awards for his courageous and insightful reporting for CNN both from the Middle East and other global hot spots, becoming one of the foremost war correspondents in broadcast news reporting from conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Somalia, Liberia and former Yugoslavia.
Before his switch to news features Sadler was CNN's bureau chief in Beirut, a position he held since the bureau reopened in 1997. Prior to that post he served as the bureau chief at CNNs bureau in Rome. Sadler joined CNN in 1991 after 10 years as a news reporter for the British network Independent Television News (ITN). Sadler was ITN's Middle East correspondent for more than four years and also worked for two years as an ITN senior reporter. One of Sadler's final assignments at ITN was reporting on the release of British hostages Terry Waite and Jackie Mann, freed from Lebanon in late 1991 after more than two years in captivity.
Sadler also spearheaded ITN's coverage from Baghdad during the war in the Gulf. Aside from CNN's Peter Arnett, Sadler stayed in Baghdad longer than any other international broadcaster. At one point he was the only British television journalist in Baghdad reporting exclusively on the allies' bombardment of the city.
Sadler began his career in journalism with the Harrow Observer where he became Middlesex County Press Journalist of the Year before leaving to join the Reading Evening Post, where he became chief investigative reporter.
When he was 25, Sadler signed on with Southern Television's news programs based in Southampton. Two years after being appointed a bulletin editor for southeast England, Sadler was offered his first "in-vision" post at Westward TVs old studio center in Plymouth. While there, he presented the company's late-night current affairs program and appeared on television daily. It was at HTV Bristol, where he worked for three years, that Sadler was offered a reporting position at ITN's headquarters in London.
Sadler joined ITN in 1981 and became its best-known war reporter, covering violent turmoil in Chad, Libya, Uganda, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, Iraqi Kurdistan and the Falklands. He covered the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and was in Prague for the fall of the communist regime, reaching Bucharest at the height of the Christmas Revolution.
He was part of an ITN team to win a joint British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Best News Award in 1983 for the quality of coverage from Lebanon. In 1987, Sadler won the Royal Television Societys International News Award for a special report from inside a besieged Palestinian refugee camp in West Beirut. In 1991, he won an individual BAFTA for the Best Actuality Coverage of the Gulf War. In 1993 he won a U.S. Emmy award for reports from Somalia. His 1996 reporting from South Lebanon during the Israeli "Grapes of Wrath" offensive against Lebanon won an Overseas Press Club of America Award for Meritorious Reporting and his reports on the Russian elections earned a CableACE Award. Sadlers reporting was further credited with news awards for reports from war-torn Liberia and post 9/11 attacks on America.
Sadler was educated at the Royal Masonic School in Bushey, England. He later graduated from Harris College, Preston, Lancashire with a Diploma in Journalism awarded by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.