Becky Anderson is one of CNN's highest profile anchors and correspondents, based in London.
A distinctive and versatile TV journalist, she is the presenter of CNN's ‘Connect The World’, part of CNN International’s new primetime line-up of programming, which launched in April 2009.
'Connect The World' joins together seemingly unrelated global stories, exploring how an event or circumstance in one part of the world can have a significant impact elsewhere. It’s an innovative mix of CNN reports, guest interviews, regular contributors, in-show viewer interaction and feature segments.
The programme pioneers the use of new media, embracing a myriad of technology to engage with the world of social media and microblogging. A daily segment, ‘Connector of the Day’ invites CNN’s audience to get involved in the highlight interview of the day by submitting their questions directly to the guest. These have included: Stevie Wonder, Olivia Newton John, Andre Agassi, Dolly Parton, Maria Shriver and Paulo Coelho, to name but a few. Becky’s own blog for the ‘Connect The World’ has made the programme of the most successful programme sites on CNN.
Since joining CNN in 1999, Becky has been regularly deployed as lead anchor for breaking news stories around the world, and has covered a variety of momentous stories from around the world. Before presenting ‘Connect The World’, she anchored CNN’s flagship nightly news and business programme, ‘Business International’.
In 2006, Becky anchored CNN’s coverage of the Israel-Lebanon conflict from Beirut. In 2005, she was at the heart of the earthquake zone in Pakistan, following the devastating quake that hit South Asia. She also played a lead role in the network’s extensive coverage of both the 7/7 terror attacks in London and the riots in Paris. In March 2003 Becky travelled to Kuwait as part of the CNN’s international team in the Gulf where she played a critical role in the network’s continuous coverage of the war in Iraq from the company’s broadcast set-up in Kuwait City.
Becky’s experience is wide-ranging, and includes the unrest in Tunisia in early January 2011; the COP16 UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico in November 2010; the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall from Berlin in November 2009; the G20 protests in London plus she has presented CNN’s London-based special coverage of the 2004 US presidential elections and the rolling coverage of elections in the UK and Germany.
Becky’s variety of assignments have also seen her anchoring CNN’s programming David Beckham’s arrival in LA; Charles and Camilla’s wedding in the UK with co-host CNN’s Anderson Cooper; Prince Rainier’s funeral in Monaco, and in 2006, in-depth location-based analysis of the Iranian nuclear dispute from the IAEA in Vienna, and CNN’s special coverage from Belgrade of the death of Slobodan Milosovic.
Becky is a skilled interviewer, adept at the close questioning of many of the worlds leading politicians, and is equally at home with the world’s celebrities. She has interviewed all living Nobel peace prize winners (aside from Obama and Mandela); conducted one-on-one interviews with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former US Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore; South African President Jacob Zuma; Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu; Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf; Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Queen Rania of Jordan. She has also interviewed the presidents of Iraq, Nigeria, Liberia, Venezuela, Serbia, the Ukraine and Georgia. She regularly speaks to the world’s leaders and throughout her career has attracted the most-influential opinion formers.
Becky has extensive business journalism experience including posts with the UK’s ITN, CNBC Europe and Bloomberg. She began her career in journalism as a print reporter with various business publications in Arizona after gaining a Master of Mass Communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in 1992.
Becky is British and lives in London. She has also has a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and French from Sussex University.