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Sara Sidner

Sara Sidner is CNN's multiple award winning international correspondent, based in the network's Jerusalem bureau covering stories across the Middle East.

Sidner moved to Jerusalem in 2012 from CNN's New Delhi bureau where she was responsible for the network's coverage of India and South Asia. From Delhi she reported on a wide range of subjects, from terrorism to business to the social pressures India is facing in its drive to become a world power.

Sidner was part of the team that won a Peabody award for CNN's coverage of the Arab Spring. Her work in Libya reporting in the midst of rebel fighters during the fall of Tripoli has been recognized all over the world. In 2011 Sidner shared the Achievement of the Year Award from SKY WFTV Women in Film & Television in the United Kingdom for her war coverage in Libya.

In Mumbai she was live on the scene as terrorists took over the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower during the 2008 siege that lasted 60 hours and took dozens of lives. Her stories from South Asia also included a documentary on the 25 year war in Sri Lanka, several stints reporting in Afghanistan, coverage of President Barack Obama's first visit to India, and India's first mission to the moon. She has also traveled to Chile and Haiti to cover the aftermath of devastating earthquakes.

She has collected two Asian Television Awards – one for her 2011 report on the horrors faced by young Bangladeshis forced into begging, and a second for the 2012 Freedom Project documentary ‘Operation Hope’, which chronicled the extraordinary journey, from suffering to recovery, of one of these children, a seven-year-old boy who was castrated and left for dead when he refused to beg.

Sidner has been collected her second Asian Television Award, this time for the remarkable CNN Freedom Project documentary ‘Operation Hope’ in the ‘Best Social Awareness Program’ category. The award follows Sidner’s original recognition in 2011 as she chronicled the extraordinary against-the-odds journey of a seven-year-old Bangladeshi boy who was viciously attacked, castrated and left for dead because he refused to be forced into begging.

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