Biography of CNN’s Arwa Damon


The biography of CNN’s Arwa Damon begins with her birth, on September 19, 1977, in Wayland, Massachusetts. She is of mixed ethnicity and belongs to the Virgo zodiac. She was raised in Morocco and the United States, but spent a significant amount of her childhood in Turkey and Morocco. While at school, she studied Arabic and French, and subsequently became fluent in these languages.

In college, she studied both French and biology at Skidmore College, and minored in international affairs. She is fluent in four languages. During her internships, Damon has reported from a number of war zones, including the ongoing siege in Homs, Syria. She has also reported from Feature Story News, PBS, and CNN. In a previous interview, she said that Homs was the most terrifying place she had ever been in a war zone, and she had to sneak in illegally to avoid the shelling.


In 2013, she received the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award for her reporting on the Benghazi consulate attack. In the same year, she was part of the CNN team that won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a News Story – Long Form. In 2014, she also received the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.

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