CBS News Strengthens Its London Bureau

By A.J. Katz 

Roxana Saberi is joining CBS News in a full-time capacity as a correspondent based in its London bureau.

Saberi had been a freelance correspondent for the network, and CBS Newspath, since 2016. She has also served as a fill-in CBSN anchor.

Before joining CBS News, Saberi was a correspondent for Al Jazeera America, reporting breaking news, enterprise and investigative stories across the U.S. and abroad.

She reported on child labor and Muslim-Buddhist tensions in Myanmar. In Japan, she hosted and reported a special on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, the U.S. military presence in Okinawa and being biracial in Japanese society. At Al Jazeera America, Saberi also created a social justice beat, filing reports on gender issues, LGBTQ rights and racial and ethnic minorities.

Saberi spent six years living and reporting in Iran, covering politics, foreign policy, the nuclear program, the economy, culture and the changing roles of women in Iran.

In 2009, while writing a book about Iran, Saberi was arrested and held for 100 days in Tehran’s Evin Prison on a false charge of spying for the CIA. Following an international campaign for her release, she returned to the United States and wrote the book Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran. She continued to contribute reports about Iran and the Middle East and serve as an Iran commentator for various news organizations.

A North Dakota native, Saberi began her journalism career as a reporter for KVLY-TV, the NBC affiliate in Fargo, North Dakota. She then reported for News 24 Houston before a move to the Middle East.