Clarissa Ward is known to be a British-American journalist and currently the chief international correspondent for CNN and has been covering several wars and some of the major world news stories. She has been one of the key players reporting from Ukraine following the Russian invasion.
Aside from being known to be working for CNN, Clarissa Ward has worked with other international news networks like ABC News Programs and CBS News. In this article, we are going to learn more about the journalist and everything regarding his personal life.
Who is Clarissa Ward, the CNN journalist?
Clarissa Ward is a British-American journalist born on January 31st, 1980 who has contributed her quota to the world by reporting on various major news stories in the work. She was a Moscow-based news correspondent for ABC News Programs and later got a position at CBS News and now she holds the chief international correspondent for CNN.
She was born to her American mother and British father in London. Clarissa Ward grew up in New York and London but there are no details regarding whether she has siblings and her parent’s name isn’t publicly available. She attended Godstowe and Wycombe Abbey boarding school in England and proceeded to graduate in 2002 from Yele University. Clarissa Ward holds an honorary doctor of letters degree from Middlebury College
Clarissa Ward’s personal life
Clarissa Ward is happily married to her husband, Phillip Von Bernstorff, the couple tied the knot at Chelsea Old Town Hall after they met at a dinner party in Moscow in 2007.
Her husband, Phillip Von Bernstorff is a fund manager who knows French and Italian, he is also conversational in Arabic, Russia, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. The couple is blessed with two children however their names are not publicly available.
Clarissa Ward career
Clarissa Ward kickstarted her career at Fox News in 2003 as an overnight desk assistant and was later made assignment editor for Fox News in New York City from the Year 2004 to 2005. During her stay at Fox News, she worked on the international desk and coordinated coverage for stories like the capture of Saddam Hussein, the death of Pope John Paul, and Yasir Arafat plus others.
She also worked as a field producer for Fox News as she produced coverage of the war between Israel and Lebanon, the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, the trial of Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi constitutional referendum, and Israeli military action in Gaza Strip.
Clarissa Ward decided to join ABC News as their correspondent in Moscow from October 2007 to 2010. She made her reports from Russia for all the ABC News platforms and after her several reports and interviews, she was transferred to Beijing to serve as Asian Correspondent to ABC News where she covered the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Clarissa Ward CBS News
In October 2011, Clarissa Ward started a new career at CBS News as their foreign News Correspondent. She covered several stories and even became a contributor for the network’s 60 Show and served as a fill-in anchor on CBS This Morning in early 2014.
Clarissa Ward CNN
Clarissa Ward however announced on September 21st, 2015 that she was joining CNN to report for its platforms and London will be her base. She has had vast experience as a war correspondent. In July 2018 she succeeded Christiane Amanpour after she was named CNN chief international correspondent and subsequently became one of the first Western journalists to report on the places being controlled by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
In a joint investigation by Bellingcat and The Insider in cooperation with CNN, Clarissa Ward made a report on how Alexei Navalny was stalked by Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) members for years
Clarissa Ward was deployed to the city of Kharkiv in February 2022 to cover the first moves from the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. She was relocated to Kyiv after the first day of the war where she engaged in a series of wartime reports on a flight of Ukraine refugees and the advanced Russian troops.