Robyn Curnow is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International, based at the network¹s headquarters in Atlanta.
Robyn Curnow is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International, based at the network¹s headquarters in Atlanta. She anchors International Desk with Robyn Curnow weekdays at 10aET and 12pET.
Previously based at CNN's bureau in Johannesburg, Curnow led CNN's coverage of Nelson Mandela's death in December 2013. Her reporting included exclusive interviews with Mandela's family on his last moments as well as never seen before footage of the garden where he was to be buried. Curnow was the only journalist to report live from inside Mandela's funeral, giving CNN's audiences unparalleled access and insight into his final journey. In the months leading up to Mandela's death, Curnow broke the news that Mandela was on life support and dialysis.
Curnow had a long association with Mandela, interviewing him a number of times since his Presidency. Her conversation with him on his 90th birthday was the last official interview he gave.
Curnow has also extensively covered the career of Oscar Pistorius, often giving audiences rare access to the Olympian athlete and his family. She led CNN's coverage of Pistorius shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and continues to report on the events surrounding the Valentine's Day tragedy. Her documentary, commissioned by Anderson Cooper 360, featured exclusive interviews with Pistorius' uncle, coach and agent, new footage of Steenkamp and an off-camera meeting with Pistorius.
In 2013, Curnow travelled to Zambia for an exclusive interview with former US President George W. Bush for Erin Burnett Outfront and CNNI. Her series of engaging reports featured President Bush defending PRISM and other intelligence gathering programs put in place after 9/11.
Curnow also interviewed U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama when she travelled to Botswana as well as Oprah Winfrey at the opening of her girl's school in South Africa.
Curnow and her crew joined Archbishop Desmond Tutu for exclusive access to his 80th birthday, as part of a documentary broadcast on CNNI, which also featured Curnow's interview with U2's Bono. Archbishop Tutu gave Curnow a wide-ranging interview in which he chastised South Africa's ruling ANC party for barring the Dalai Lama from attending the birthday celebrations.
She has also interviewed a number of African leaders and newsmakers including SA President Jacob Zuma, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Zimbabwean PM Morgan Tsvangarai, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan, Prudential CEO Tidjane Thiam, Econet CEO Strive Masiywa, MTN CEO Sifiso Dabengwa and other business leaders from across the continent.
Curnow has won international awards for her coverage of the HIV/Aids epidemic in South Africa and for her hour-long documentary on Mandela. Oprah magazine listed Curnow in their 2013 Power List.
Previously, Curnow worked as correspondent and anchor at CNN¹s London bureau, reporting on the death of Pope John Paul II from the Vatican, the 2005 London bombings and the South Asian tsunami, for which the CNN team won a DuPont-Columbia Award.
Early on in her journalism career, Robyn was a correspondent and anchor for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. She has also worked as a reporter for the BBC while studying in United Kingdom.
Born in Australia and raised in South Africa, Curnow has a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations from Cambridge University.