Biography of CNN’s Hala Gorania: American journalist Hala Basha-Gorani is an anchor and correspondent for the global news network CNN. Based in London, she anchors the weeknight program CNN’s “Hala Gorani Tonight.” Her shows explore international issues, including the conflict in Syria, as well as the conflicts around the world. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Gorani’s career has been marked by coverage of major events across the world. She was one of the first television reporters to cover the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris, and later covered the 2006 Lebanon War in neighboring Lebanon. Her coverage of the crisis there won her an Edward R. Murrow Award. She also covered the Egyptian revolution, which earned her a News and Documentary Emmy. She was also a member of the small team of journalists allowed into Syria for the first time since 2011.
The American-born Gorani began her career in print. She was the youngest anchor on Your World Today, and has since worked her way up to anchoring CNN’s Hala Gorani Tonight. Her reporting has spanned the Middle East and North Africa, and she is the first female Arab American to be on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” Her reports have been praised by critics and audiences alike.