Arwa Damon is an American journalist and senior international correspondent for CNN. She is based in Istanbul, Turkey. Before joining CNN, she covered wars in the Middle East as a freelancer. After a short stint covering the Iraq-Syria conflict, she founded a humanitarian organization called INARA, providing medical care to Syrian refugee children. In this interview, she discusses her motivation for covering the Syrian conflict and her upcoming trip to the Arctic.
In the United States, she skipped her sixth grade and spent a gap year studying show jumping in Morocco. After graduating from Robert College at the age of 16, she studied at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She graduated with honors in 1999 and majored in French and international affairs. She also worked in a Turkish textile company before launching her career in journalism.
Before starting her career in journalism, Arwa Damon had a successful career in textile manufacturing. Her passion for her job has made her a great journalist. She joined the CNN news team in 2006 and is currently working in Istanbul. Apart from her professional career, she is also the president of INARA, a charity which provides therapy to Syrian refugees. Her net worth is estimated to be around $3 million.