Robyn Curnow is a CNN anchor and host of International Desk with Robyn Curnow, which airs weekdays at 10am ET on CNN International.
Robyn Curnow is a CNN anchor and host of CNN International's International Desk with Robyn Curnow, which airs weekdays at 10am ET. Previously, she served as a CNN correspondent in Johannesburg and London. She is based at CNN headquarters in Atlanta.
On her program, Curnow provides the latest updates on U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration for CNN's international viewers. Featuring a daily roundup of reports from CNN's correspondents and analysts around the world, International Desk tracks the diplomatic and geopolitical implications of the Trump presidency for Russia, Europe and Asia.
She has anchored CNN's coverage of multiple terror attacks across Europe and North Africa, and continues to report on North Korea and the ongoing Syrian war. When Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president in 2017, Curnow was integral to the network's coverage of the long-ruling autocrat, which was recognized with a 2019 Royal Television Society Award in the Breaking News category.
Curnow was on air when coalition forces launched the Mosul offensive in October 2016, which contributed to News and Documentary Emmy nomination for CNN, and she reported live from Havana on the death of Fidel Castro as well as U.S. President Barack Obama's historic trip to Cuba in 2016.
While based in South Africa as a correspondent, Curnow led CNN's coverage of Nelson Mandela's death and reported live from his funeral. Curnow had a long association with Mandela, interviewing him a number of times during and after his presidency. Her conversation with him on his 90th birthday was the last interview he gave.
Curnow has interviewed Oscar Pistorius and was based in Pretoria during his murder trial. Her documentary on the Olympian, commissioned by Anderson Cooper 360°, also featured exclusive footage and interviews with Pistorius' inner circle.
Curnow has interviewed former U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, as well as former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Separately, she has also spoken to former First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
She has covered a wide range of stories from Africa such as the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the soccer World Cup, political scandals involving South African President Jacob Zuma and Boko Haram. She traveled extensively on the continent and reported from Zimbabwe on human rights abuses and corruption.
Curnow started reporting for CNN in 2001 in London, covering stories like the death of Pope John Paul II from the Vatican, the South Asian tsunami and the London bombings in 2005.
Before joining CNN, Curnow was a reporter for the BBC and for the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
Curnow is South African, and graduated with a master's degree in International Relations from Cambridge University.