National Security Reporter
Kylie Atwood joined CNN in January 2019 as a national security reporter.
Kylie Atwood joined CNN in January 2019 as a national security reporter. Atwood was previously the CBS News State Department reporter for the last two years. She focused her reporting on Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Tillerson which brought her to report from dozens of countries including Moscow, Manila, Beijing and Mexico City. On Pompeo's most recent trip to North Korea, Atwood was the sole pool reporter on the trip, allowing her to report on direct conversations with North Korean officials. Over the last few years she has broken news on multiple fronts including the current US-North Korea talks, the discussions between the Trump White House and Mexico and Tillerson's costly short-lived effort to overhaul the department. She also produced Tillerson's 60 Minutes interview in 2018 and reported on the Philippines drug war in 2017.
Over the course of more than 6 years at CBS News, Atwood worked as Bob Schieffer's assistant and researcher, a campaign digital journalist in 2016, and most recently to the State Department reporter. She was a producer on the Emmy award-winning Face the Nation broadcast commemorating the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination.
Atwood graduated cum laude from Middlebury College with a major in international studies and a minor in economics. She was awarded high honors for her senior thesis on US-Somalia relations. In college she developed a passion for journalism as she spent time working for 60 Minutes, GlobalPost, WPTZ in Vermont and the Addison County Independent newspaper. She studied abroad in Kenya. Atwood also dedicated a year to national service as a corps member for City Year.
Atwood is from Boston, Massachusetts and she is the eldest of 5 children. As a child she spent extensive stints of time in South Africa with her family doing service projects. Her passions include photography, running and skiing. She is on the board of Report for America which is supporting a new generation of journalists to serve in community news organizations across the United States.