CNN is bringing aboard a new senior national correspondent, who will be working out of New York. The cable news channel announced the hiring of Alexander Marquardt, who has been an award-winning foreign correspondent for ABC News.
Marquardt will cover domestic and breaking news stories for CNN, and will be featured on all of the company’s television and digital platforms.
Marquardt spent much of the past 10 years based in Beirut, Jerusalem and Moscow reporting from the front lines on uprisings, terror attacks and natural disasters for ABC.
“Marquardt has been there at each step as recent terror attacks have swept across Europe and beyond,” CNN said in its announcement. “He has reported from the wars and conflicts of the Arab Spring, starting as the first American broadcast television correspondent in Cairo as the Egyptian revolution took off. Over the past six years, he has made numerous trips into Syria where he has reported on the war from both the rebel and regime sides. In 2012 and 2014, he was among the first journalists to go into the Gaza Strip to cover the war with Israel. He also reported extensively on the the refugee and migrant crisis in the Middle East and Europe, and on Russia’s military actions in Ukraine.”
The announcement notes that Marquardt has won Emmy Awards for reporting from Libya and for an undercover investigation into underage sex trafficking in the Philippines, which also won an Edward R. Murrow Award.
“Before joining ABC News, Marquardt covered the 2008 presidential election as an off-air embed reporter for CNN,” the announcement adds. “He covered multiple candidates including then-Senators Obama, Biden and Clinton, as well as Governors Romney and Huckabee.”