Lynda Kinkade is an anchor for CNN International based at the network's headquarters in Atlanta.
Lynda Kinkade is an anchor for CNN International based at the network's headquarters in Atlanta. She can be seen over the weekends across Europe, Africa and the Middle East during the day and in the late evening in Australia and Asia. She currently anchors CNN Newsroom and can also be seen often on weekday programs like International Desk, Connect the World and CNN Today.
Since joining CNN in 2014, Kinkade has anchored countless breaking news stories including the Paris terror attacks, Hurricanes Florence, Harvey and Maria and the victory against ISIS in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Kinkade has also hosted special broadcasts, including the 2018 Russia presidential election. As an Australian, she has been called on to cover regional stories including the execution of the ringleaders of the drug trafficking group known as the Bali 9.
When boxing great Muhammad Ali passed away, Kinkade secured an exclusive interview with his twin daughters. Her report on the opioid crisis in the U.S. for all the network's channels and platforms was one of the most clicked on stories on CNN Digital. Kinkade is also passionate about The CNN Freedom Project, which highlights the plight of people who've survived human and sex trafficking, and has reported live from the U.S. State Department.
Before joining CNNI, Kinkade worked for Seven Network Australia, most recently in New York, where she filed reports on the polar vortex, the push to legalize marijuana and Boeing's first space taxi. She had previously worked in Melbourne for five years on the network's national public affairs show Today Tonight, reporting on stories, including the deadly Black Saturday bushfires, the Australian Open and the G'Day USA campaign from California.
Prior to Seven Network Australia, Kinkade spent four years working across the assignment desk, anchor desk and ultimately as a reporter for the Nine Network Australia based in Sydney. She has interviewed a variety of celebrities and newsmakers, including former Australian Prime Ministers John Howard, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and actors Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
Beyond her role as a journalist, Kinkade has volunteered her time to moderate numerous forums and fundraise for organizations, including the USA Brain Tumor Alliance, Heartkids NSW, the Epworth Hospital and the Sydney Symphony.
Kinkade graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) with a distinction average.