Who Is Clarissa Ward? CNN Journalist Reporting From Afghanistan

Ward was also the recipient of awards including the George Foster Peabody Award on May 21, 2012, the 2015 Murrow Award, seven Emmy Awards, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton among others.

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British-American television journalist Clarissa Ward got global attention for her news reporting from Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the Ashraf Ghani led government.

The Taliban de facto took over the democratic government of Afghanistan on August 15 following the elopement of Ghani. Ever since the capture, women and children have been dreading the Taliban rule as the fundamentalists have a record of imposing stricter laws on women. One of the major impositions includes covering a woman's head-to-toe with a cloth.

The Chief international correspondent for CNN is out and about on-ground in Afghanistan, reporting from the capital of Kabul that is now the domain of the Taliban.

Among many other such fearless journalists who are reporting the situation of the country, the 41-year-old is out interacting with armed Taliban fighters. Ward was seen on-air donned in a black hijab and cover veiling her head-to-toe. Following the same, Ward was subjected to trolls and memes concerning the major "wardrobe change".

Several social media users pointed out that afghan women journalist are not succumbing to the Taliban diktats and are dressing up as per usual but Ward is carrying out a performance on global television. Read more about it here.

Who Is Clarissa Ward?

  • Born to a British father and an American mother, Ward was raised in London and New York City. Having attended a British boarding school, Ward graduated from Yale University and holds an honorary doctor of letters degree from Middlebury College.
  • Ward was also the recipient of many awards including the George Foster Peabody Award on May 21, 2012, the 2015 Murrow Award, seven Emmy Awards, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton among others.
  • Having worked with multiple news agencies including Fox News, ABC News, CBC News as well as The Insider, Ward married Philipp von Bernstorff, a fund manager, in November 2016 in London.
  • Among many of her other credits, Ward is also fluent in multiple languages including French, Italian, Arabic, among others.
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