“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
― Oscar Wilde
Isha Sesay is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International. She co-anchors ‘CNN Newsroom’ with John Vause from 12-3am ET/9-12am PT on CNNI and CNN/US from the network’s Los Angeles bureau.
A seasoned and award-winning journalist, Sesay has covered numerous breaking news stories and events of global interest. She anchored CNN’s breaking news coverage of terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 on CNN/US and CNNI, which went on to receive the 2016 Royal Television Society (RTS) Award for ‘Best Breaking News Coverage.’
This summer Sesay joined First Lady Michelle Obama in Liberia and Morocco for an upcoming CNN Films, “We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educated Girls Around the World.” The film, which also features Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, focuses on girls overcoming incredible challenges to achieve an education. It premieres Oct. 11 on CNNI and Oct. 12 on CNN/U.S.
In 2014 she reported from Nigeria on the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls from a school in Chibok, and the subsequent social media campaign — #BringBackOurGirls — to find them. In 2015 CNN’s coverage of this story was recognized with a Peabody Award, and Sesay received a Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor – News or News Magazine for her coverage of these missing girls. She also covered the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, interviewing a number of key officials about the crisis including Liberia’s Vice President Joseph Boakai and President Alpha Conde of Guinea.
Her 2009 story for ‘Inside Africa’ on a group of young refugees — mostly from Africa — brought together on a football team in Clarkston, Georgia earned her a New York Association of Black Journalists award.
Complementing her role as anchor and correspondent, Sesay has co-hosted the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards, the premier accolade for excellent journalism across the continent, many times in the last several years.