CNN Makes Notable Addition to International Reporting Team

By A.J. Katz 

CNN International isn’t letting trivial Twitter attacks from Pres. Trump stop it from strengthening its reporting team.

The outlet announced today that it is appointing Sky News’s foreign editor Sam Kiley to the role of CNN senior international correspondent, based at the network’s Middle East hub in Abu Dhabi.

Kiley is a renowned international reporter and editor with more than three decades of journalism experience at a variety of news outlets. He has worked at Sky News since 2010, first as the network’s defense and security editor, then as Middle East correspondent in Jerusalem, before becoming the network’s foreign affairs editor.

CNN International svp of international newsgathering, TV and digital Deborah Rayner said in a statement: “Sam is a uniquely experienced correspondent, with an outstanding record of investigative reporting.  He has managed bureaus, broken major stories and delivered powerful, important documentaries throughout an extraordinary career.  He is a formidable addition to our international newsgathering operation.”

“CNN is the world’s most watched news network with an unmatched presence on every major global story,” Kiley added. “I have grown up as a journalist alongside CNN teams from Somalia to Sarajevo and Mosul. I have always admired them and am proud to be joining my friends at the network at this exciting, and unpredictable, time.”

Kiley embarked on a career in TV journalism in 2003, working with the UK’s Channel Four, as well as the BBC and for PBS’s Frontline series.

In addition to his on-air work, Kiley has written for The Times (of London), The Economist, and The Spectator, among other publications.  He is the only journalist to have spent an entire tour with British troops fighting in Helmand. Desperate Glory, his account of the tour, was an Economist Book of the Year.