March 18th, 2010
03:37 PM ET

Christiane Amanpour to join ABC News

Christiane Amanpour will be leaving CNN to join ABC News.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the incredible team at ABC News. Being asked to anchor “This Week” and the superb tradition started by David Brinkley, is a tremendous and rare honor and I look forward to discussing the great domestic and international issues of the day,"Amanpour said in a statement. I leave CNN with the UTMOST respect, love and admiration for the company and everyone who works here. This has been my family and shared endeavor for the past 27 years and I am forever grateful and proud of all that we have accomplished.”

Amanpour was CNN's chief international correspondent and anchored Amanpour., a 30-minute, daily interview program that premiered on CNN International in September 2009.

Amanpour worked for 18 years as an international correspondent, covering major crises including Iraq, Afghanistan, the Palestinian territories, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans and the United States during Hurricane Katrina.

CNN's President Jim Walton praised Amanpour's career and work at the network.

"Over the years, Christiane and I have talked about her professional goals and personal interests, and more recently about the excitement of a new opportunity at this point in her career," Walton said in a statement.  "While I don’t presume to speak for her, as her colleague and friend for more than 25 years I know that this decision has not been an easy one. Since 1990 when Christiane became a CNN international correspondent, she has covered the defining news events of our time.

"Her work burnished our news brand and gave it authority. In turn, the CNN imprimatur opened doors for her around the world and provided a global platform for the intelligent, courageous, principled reporting that is her signature. CNN and Christiane helped make each other great."

Walton said Amanpour will leave her CNN International show at the end of April.

"For her hard work these many years on behalf of CNN; for going where the story was, wherever in the world that might be; for her passion, character and generosity; and most of all, for her extraordinary journalism, Christiane has our gratitude, respect and sincere best wishes," Walton said.

soundoff (532 Responses)
  1. Ben

    This is a huge loss to CNN. There are titans and there is only one Christiane Amanpour.

    All the best of luck to her.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ken

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    Dont leave

    Do a cross network thing like you do with CBS 60minutes.

    ken

    March 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel

    Always enjoyed her reporting and am glad for her opportunity.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gertrude Simmons

    Ms. Amanpour,
    I have follower your career with admiration for your sincerity and honesty. Please continue to keep your standards high and not be compromise. You are one of the few true reporter exiting

    March 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sandra M

    CNN's loss is ABC's tremendous gain. Christiane is amazing and I will miss her on CNN (with the flak jacket!). Best of luck to her.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sylvia

    I am very happy for Christiane. She deserves nothing but the best! Very talented Young woman 🙂

    March 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jay

    Good Luck! Great job over the years at CNN

    March 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. William D Howell Sr

    She is the last true journalist in the mold of Cronkite and Morrow. I will be watching This Week from now on because she doesn't wear her politics on her sleeve.

    Even more important she isn't condescending but reports the news and lets us decide how to interpret it.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeffrey Klein

    Hopefully she can restore some balance over there, pulling them back from the Fox-like lurch to the right they've made since Peter Jennings left us.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mar

    As an Iranian woman, I have always been so proud to call Ms. Amanpour, one of us. I know she is half Iranina but we Iranians like to call her Iranian just to brag 🙂

    Good Luck! I truly love your work and will follow wherever you go.

    Best wishes to you and your family.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Randall

    Good move for a good journalist, although her work at CNN will be missed. Now all we need is a replacement for Katie the Klown on CBS.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rich

    I'm glad ABC found someone of her skills and stature to replace George S on This Week.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Willy miller

    She is the "C" in Cnn

    March 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bryan Aikens

    I Will Truely Miss Her Reporting for CNN !!!!!! 🙁

    March 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Katie

    I agree that Christiane Amanpour is the top journalist of our time. May her work at ABC be as great as it was at CNN.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
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