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Nima Elbagir

Nima Elbagir is an award-winning Senior International Correspondent based in CNN’s European headquarters in London.

Elbagir joined CNN in February 2011 as a reporter based at network’s Johannesburg bureau, before later moving to Nairobi. Africa has been the focus of her reporting for CNN and has been at forefront of nearly every major news story from the continent in the past three years.

At immense personal risk she reported on the Ebola outbreak which has ravaged West Africa, going inside Liberia’s quarantine zones and exploring the devastation the disease has wrought across both urban and rural communities. Elbagir was also the first international journalist to report from Chibok, the northern Nigerian village from which over 250 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Here she was able to interview two young girls who had managed to escape, and who described the ordeal of the capture and the fear they now felt.

Elbagir also led CNN’s coverage on the spiralling violence which engulfed the Central African Republic, travelling with the French troops as they worked to broker peace between entrenched Muslim and Christian fighters.

She was also reported from Somalia at the height of the Horn of Africa famine; she was granted an exclusive phone interview whilst in Tripoli with Safia Gadhafi, the former Libyan leader’s wife; following the revolution in Egypt, Elbagir interviewed the Justice Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz al-Juindy, who called for former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to face the death penalty; she reported from South Sudan as the new African country celebrated independence.

Prior to this, during her time freelancing for CNN, the stories she covered during this time included the escalating violence against women in the Congo; Nigeria’s 50th anniversary of independence; the South Sudanese Referendum; and CNN’s coverage of the Hajj.

Before joining CNN, Sudanese-born Elbagir worked in various capacities for the UK’s Channel 4 for a number of years from 2005: she freelanced from Kabul for Channel 4 News; reported for the ‘Unreported World’ documentary strand; and both reported and presented for Channel 4 News and More4 News.

During this period, Elbagir’s exclusives included getting the first interview with the Aegis security company whistleblower on the Iraq ‘Trophy Videos’ (2005); interviewing Jacob Zuma in the run-up to his rape trial (2006); being the only Western journalist reporting from Mogadishu during the US bombing of Somalia (2007); and broadcasting the first televised evidence of Iranian weaponry smuggled to the Taliban (2009).

Elbagir began her journalism career as a stringer with Reuters in 2002 reporting from Sudan, and one of the first to provide footage from inside Darfur; while also filing material for the Economist, the FT and Radio France International. She stayed on with Reuters as a London-based Graduate Trainee through to 2005.

Elbagir has won two Foreign Press Association Awards - TV News Story of the Year and Journalist of the Year for a Channel 4 News piece on Somalia, both 2008; and has been nominated for numerous other Awards including the Amnesty Awards and the One World Broadcast Awards.

Fluent in English and Arabic, she holds a BSc. Hons in Philosophy from the London School of Economics.

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