Rosemary Church


Rosemary Church is an award-winning journalist for CNN International with more than 30 years of experience covering major global events.
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Rosemary Church is an award-winning journalist for CNN International with more than 30 years of experience covering major global events. She can be seen anchoring CNN Newsroom in the morning across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and in the afternoon across Asia and Australia. Her shows air Monday through Thursday from 0700-0900 GMT/0200-0400 ET on CNN International.

Since joining CNN in 1998, Church has anchored many major world events and interviewed countless analysts and newsmakers. She was on the air when news of the death of Osama bin Laden broke, and it was during her show when news broke of an earthquake – and possible tsunami – in Japan, leading to multiple hours of live coverage as the tragedy unfolded.

She’s anchored the network’s coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ongoing war in Ukraine, the rescue efforts of the 12 boys and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand and the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, interviewing student survivors who called for an end to gun violence in America. She also covered the Fuego Volcano tragedy in Guatemala, the Singapore summit between U.S. President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, the deadly chemical attack in Douma, Syria and Europe’s immigration crisis.

This year she has interviewed high-profile Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim immediately after he was pardoned and released from prison by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad; former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd around the Trump-Kim summit; and author Bill Browder on the dangers he perceives Vladimir Putin poses to the world.

In 2014 Church and her colleagues, Nick Paton Walsh and Phil Black, won the prestigious Golden Nymph award for Best 24 Hour News Programme at the Monte Carlo Television Festival for their coverage of unrest in Ukraine, which involved a deadly shooting in Kiev’s Independence Square during anti-government protests. They also went on to pick up the Best Short News Report category at the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) awards for the same coverage.

She also contributed to CNN’s 2006 Edward R. Murrow Award for the network’s coverage of the Israel-Hezbollah conflict.

Prior to joining CNN, Church spent five years as the Senior Anchor with Australia’s first international satellite news service, Australia Television (ATV), also filing stories for ATV and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Foreign Correspondent program, when she traveled to Asia.

While at ATV, Church won the New York Festival’s TV programming award for coverage of the Hong Kong Handover to China in 1997.

Church started at ABC TV in 1991 as a reporter and anchor for the main evening news bulletin in the state of Tasmania, where she also anchored the summer edition of ABC TV’s World at Noon program.

Before this, Church spent five years at Parliament House, Canberra, with the National Media Liaison Service, while also anchoring weekend news bulletins on Channel Ten’s news service. In 1984, she worked as a media officer and speechwriter for a Member of Federal Parliament.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Church lived in London until her family moved to Australia when she was 8 years old. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Australian National University in Canberra and has completed graduate studies in media and law at the University of Canberra.

Church is married with three children.