About 

  • Clarissa Ward is CNN's chief international correspondent based in London.

    For more than 15 years Ward has reported from front lines across the world from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen to Ukraine to Georgia -- during the Russian incursion in 2008 -- and Iran.

    She is the author of the upcoming book, 'On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist' (Penguin Press), that details her singular career as a conflict reporter and how she has documented the violent remaking of the world from close range.

    Most recently Ward contributed to CNN's breaking news coverage of the crisis between the US and Iran, tracking the story from the US, Iraq -- including the site of an Iranian missile attack -- and Ukraine with every major development.

    Ward recently investigated Russia's use of mercenaries in a two-part series for CNN, 'Putin's Private Army.' For this months-long investigation, Ward secured the first on-camera interview with a former fighter for Wagner -- Russia's most notorious private military contractor. She traveled to the Central African Republic, to look at growing Russian mercenary activity on the continent. After visiting a diamond mine with ties to a Russian oligarch, Ward and her team were followed and intimidated by a car full of Russians. After their reports came out, they were targeted by a Russian media propaganda campaign trying to discredit their reporting.

    Last year Ward also had unprecedented access to Taliban-controlled territory in Afghanistan for an exclusive report, '36 Hours with the Taliban.' Ward and CNN field producer Salma Abdelaziz spent time at a local madrasa, where dozens of children -- boys and girls -- pored over their Qurans, and a Taliban-run clinic in the village of Pashma Qala.

    In 2018 she reported extensively on the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, e