Josh Campbell


Josh Campbell is an award-winning CNN correspondent covering national security, guns, and law enforcement.
CNN Digital Expansion 2019, Josh Campbell


Josh Campbell is an award-winning CNN correspondent covering national security, guns, and law enforcement.

He reports both domestically and internationally, and provides analysis across CNN platforms. He can often be found deployed to the scenes of critical incidents, helping lead the network’s breaking news coverage of issues involving public safety and security.

Campbell won an Emmy in 2021 for reporting on the murder of George Floyd, and continued to break news in the prosecution of the Minnesota officers charged in Floyd’s death. His work has also gained Emmy nominations for reporting on terrorism and immigration issues, and he was part of the CNN team honored with the 2020 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for coverage on the ground in Istanbul reporting on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

He joined CNN following a career in national security as a supervisory special agent with the FBI. His work included: continued deployments overseas responding to terrorist attacks and kidnappings as a member of the FBI’s global response team; online undercover operations; fugitive apprehensions and extraditions; diplomatic postings to American embassies abroad; spokesperson and crisis communication liaison with the White House and National Security Council; and Special Assistant to the Director of the FBI.

Campbell received four FBI Combat Theater Awards for his work embedded with military special operations and CIA teams abroad, and was honored for his squad’s pioneering efforts utilizing cutting edge technology to disrupt imminent terrorist plots overseas.

In his years serving overseas, he trained hundreds of foreign law enforcement, military, and intelligence officers in conducting interviews and interrogations, intelligence collection, crime scene management, and the rule of law.

Campbell is an adjunct Senior Fellow with the Center for a New American Security, served as adjunct professor for digital and national security at the University of Southern California, and is the author of a book on the FBI. In addition, he is a reserve military officer with past assignments in the Middle East and Indo-Pacific.

He holds an M.A. in Communication from Johns Hopkins, a B.A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin, and received Arabic language immersion training at Middlebury College.