Atika Shubert is a CNN Senior International Correspondent based in Berlin. Prior to Berlin, she was based in London, Jerusalem, Tokyo and Jakarta for CNN.
During her time in Europe Shubert has played a key role in reporting on terror attacks across the continent, including the Paris Attacks in November 2015 and the shooting in Munich in July 2016. She reported extensively on the aftermath of German Chancellor Merkel’s immigration policy and the refugee crisis - from rescue boats off Greece to refugee shelters in Germany. Shubert also covered the presidential election in Austria in December 2016, in which van der Bellen defeated the far-right candidate Norbert Hofer.
Whilst in London, Shubert was CNN’s lead reporter on the WikiLeaks scandal, the largest leak of classified U.S. government documents in U.S. history. She also reported on the 2011 riots that shook England, and the British phone-hacking scandal that embroiled media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
In Jerusalem, Shubert reported extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her reports included coverage of Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiations, Palestinian militant rocket attacks into Israeli towns as well as fighting between Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah within Gaza.
From Tokyo, she covered the controversial deployment of the country’s Self Defense Forces to Iraq as well as North Korea’s testing of nuclear weapons.
During the 2004 Indian ocean tsunami that killed more than 200 thousand people, Shubert was one of the first correspondents to report live from Aceh, Indonesia, the area closest to the epicentre. Her reports from the devastated region helped earn CNN the prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Award in 2005.
Shubert started her career with CNN as a producer in Jakarta, Indonesia where she covered the fall of Indonesia’s President Suharto in 1998, East Timor’s transition to independence in 1999 and the 2002 Bali bombings.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tufts University in Boston and speaks Bahasa Indonesia.