Arwa Damon Wiki – Arwa Damon Biography
Arwa Damon is an American journalist working as a senior international correspondent for CNN, based in Istanbul. From 2003, she covered the Middle East as a freelance journalist, before joining CNN in 2006. She is also president and founder of INARA, a humanitarian organization that provides medical treatment to refugee children from Syria. Before becoming a reporter, she worked for a New York–based Turkish textile company.
She decided to become a journalist after 9/11 and moved to Baghdad prior to the beginning of the Iraq War. She began her career at CameraPlanet, a supplier of media content for television newscasts, working to get correspondent Peter Arnett’s team into pre-war Iraq. For three years, she covered the Middle East as a freelance producer working with CNN, CNN International, PBS, Fox News, and others, before joining CNN in February 2006.
She covered the invasion and occupation of Iraq, including the Battle of Najaf and the battle to retake Samarra in 2004, the United States Marine Corps’ offensive against insurgents in Fallujah, and Operation Steel Curtain in Husaybah near the Syrian border while working for CNN. She also covered the Iraqi elections of January 2005, the constitutional referendum vote in October 2005, and the Iraqi election of December 2005. She also reported on the trials and executions of Saddam Hussein, Barzan Ibrahim Hassan al-Tikriti, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar in January 2007. Starting in December 2010, she covered the Arab Spring from Libya and Egypt.
During the Syrian civil war, she traveled multiple times to Syria and to refugee camps for Syrians. After the 2012 Benghazi attack, she was one of the first journalists to arrive at the scene; she recovered slain Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens’ personal diary.
In 2013, she followed an anti-poaching park ranger unit through Odzala National Park in the Republic of the Congo. The feature was called Arwa Damon Investigates Ivory War. In April 2014, after the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping, she traveled to West Africa and the islands of Lake Chad to follow the hunt for the terrorists.
Damon covered the International military intervention against ISIL on numerous occasions, dating to the beginning of the conflict.
She returned to Iraq in the second half of 2016 and covered the Battle of Mosul. Riding with a convoy consisting of the press and Iraqi soldiers, she came under heavy fire by IS troops and was trapped. After 28 hours of entrenched fighting, reinforcements from the Iraqi military rescued them. She traveled to Thailand to cover the Tham Luang cave rescue.
She often shows interest in reporting on nature, environmental protection, and similar themes. In 2018 she accompanied a Greenpeace group to Antarctica and made a feature of it. In 2019 she traveled to Kathmandu in Nepal to report on a spike in fatalities amongst Mount Everest climbers. 2019 she traveled again with Greenpeace, this time to the Arctic. She reported about the significant loss of ice at the poles and their importance for the whole ecosystem of the earth.
INARA (the International Network for Aid, Relief and Assistance) is a humanitarian aid, 501(c)3, a non-profit organization that was co-founded by Arwa Damon in 2015 in Beirut, Lebanon. INARA provides medical services for children who have been wounded in war zones. It also provides rehabilitation treatment for its beneficiaries. The organization focuses on refugee children from Syria. As of August 2018, INARA has managed to provide treatment to over 150 refugee children.
She won an Investigative Reporters and Editors’ IRE Award for her reporting of the Consulate attack in Benghazi, along with fellow photojournalist Sarmad Qaseera. Damon was part of the CNN team who won the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form (Revolution in Egypt: President Mubarak Steps Down). In 2014, she was awarded the Courage in Journalism Award given by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).
Damon and CNN were sued by two employees of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad claiming that on July 19, 2014, an intoxicated Damon bit them. Damon acknowledged the incident and apologized.
She graduated with honors from Robert College. After moving to the U.S. she attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. She graduated with honors in 1999 with a double major in French and biology and a minor in international affairs. She is fluent in Arabic, French, Turkish, and English, having grown up speaking all four languages.
Arwa Damon Age
He was born on September 19, 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
Arwa Damon Husband
She is not married and has never been married as she does not consider marriage important to her.
Arwa Damon Parents
He was born to an American father, George H. Damon, Jr, and a Syrian mother, Joumana Damon.
Arwa Damon Instagram
Arwa Damon’s Instagram account is @arwacnn. Her Instagram bio reads, “@CNN Senior Correspondent focus on conflict & climate reporting, ❤️ my @poopawsadventures, Founder & President @inaraorg helping war wounded children”