Patrick Snell is a sport anchor and correspondent for CNN International. Born in England and based at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, he covers the major sporting news and events for CNN’s international and domestic programming.
In September of 2016, Snell travelled to Minnesota to cover the Ryder Cup, and the American team’s win of the prestigious title for the first time in eight years. In 2015, he reported on one of golf’s rising stars as 21-year-old Jordan Spieth won his second career Major, and emerged victorious to win the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay to add to his Masters success earlier in the year.
He’s also covered several major golf tournaments including the 2010 U.S. Open Championship in California, where Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell became the first European to win the event in 40 years; the 2010 PGA Championship in Wisconsin; the 2005, ’06, ‘08, ‘09 and ‘12 Masters Tournaments in Augusta, Georgia; the 2002 and ‘08 Ryder Cups; and the 2002 and ‘06 British Opens.
Over the course of the last decade, Snell has covered a number of major sporting events for CNN including the 2010 ICC T20 World Cup in the West Indies; the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany; the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan; the 2001 French Open at Roland Garros; and the 2000 European Football Championships in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Snell has reported extensively on Tiger Woods’ career over the years, securing one-on-one interviews with the world’s former No. 1 ranked golfer on a number of occasions. Snell’s interview with Woods following his FedEx Cup victory in September 2009 was the last CNN interview with Woods before his accident in November 2009.
He has interviewed many notable figures in sport including football legend Pelé and David Beckham; then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter; golfers Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els; Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps; and tennis professionals Serena Williams and Roger Federer.
Before joining CNN in July 2000, Snell had nine years of experience as a sports and news reporter and anchor for Granada Television in Manchester and Radio City Liverpool in the UK.