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When Clarissa Ward returns to work at CNN in the next few weeks, she will probably step on to a departing plane more frequently than she does into the cable-news outlet’s London office, where she is typically based.
Ward, a veteran of Fox News, ABC News and CBS News, was on Wednesday named CNN’s chief international correspondent, succeeding Christiane Amanpour in the role. Amanpour in recent months has devoted more time to a flagship interview program on CNN International and was recently named to anchor a program on PBS that took the place of Charlie Rose’s long-running show. Ward joined CNN in 2015.
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She expects to return from maternity leave soon and start another cycle of globe-hopping to cover what she believes are some of the most important stories progressing overseas, including Iran’s path after the U.S. pulled out of its recent pact with that country, or the rise of populism in Europe. “Are we seeing the emergence of a new world order?” she asks in an interview. “There are a lot of questions, especially with the White House taking new directions for the United States, leaving a lot of international partners wondering what the future holds and what alliances are going to be here to stay and which ones may be falling. It’s a fascinating and interesting time.”
CNN’s U.S. network is best known these days for its ongoing examination of news coming out of Washington and the White House. Yet the network, now owned by AT&T as part of its purchase of Time Warner, has a heavy reliance on stories taking place around the world. Its CNN International network represents a good chunk of its overall business and...
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