Nima Elbagir is a Sudanese media personality and international CNN correspondent. She previously freelanced from Kabul, reporting for the “Unreported World” documentary strand on Channel 4 News and More4 News. She was born in Khartoum, Sudan, and stands at five feet, ten inches tall. She is fluent in Arabic and is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
Born in Khartoum, Sudan, Nima Elbagir was raised in the US by her parents. She spent six years living in Sudan, where her parents were imprisoned. She married Mark Brit and had a son named Ali. Nima joined CNN in 2011 and currently works in the Nairobi and Johannesburg bureaus. Her stories are focused on Africa. Her father was a journalist, earning a PHD in political science from the University of Exeter.
She has reported from the Sudan and Somalia, where she reported on the famine. She also interviewed Safia Gadhafi in Tripoli, where she revealed how she was a child slave sold by ISIS. In 2017, Elbagir returned to her hometown, Khartoum, and began working with pro-democracy protesters. Eventually, the Sudanese government toppled the corrupt regime of Omar al-Bashir, which led to a peaceful transition.
Elbagir has become a global media star. She has reported from Darfur and from the Horn of Africa. Her reporting on human rights abuses has made her a coveted and sought-after journalist. Her prestigious awards include the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for “courage in journalism” and the International Center for Journalism Excellence in International Reporting Awards.