CBS News Foreign Correspondent
CBS News Foreign Correspondent Clarissa Ward is among the most intrepid and recognized international journalists of her time. She has reported from every major news hotspot in the past decade. Ward has earned numerous honors for her work inside the civil war in Syria, as well as for her coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ward has also provided comprehensive coverage of the Russian incursion into Georgia and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Ward’s insightful and fearless reporting is featured on all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including “60 Minutes” and the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”
Ward joined CBS News in 2011. She was one of the first journalists to report from inside Syria in 2011 and has made 11 trips to that country since start of its civil war. During her first trip there in 2011, Ward took viewers deep inside the lives of ordinary Syrians in rebel-held areas. She went undercover, posing as a tourist, and spent time with opposition activists and covered the mass demonstrations on her own. Ward was also blindfolded by rebel leaders in the middle of the night and traveled to a safe house outside Damascus where she interviewed members of the Free Syrian Army.
During subsequent trips to Syria, Ward was embedded with rebel leaders in Idlib and reported throughout the country. In her first "60 Minutes" report in 2012, Ward and her team braved sniper-fire and aerial bombardments in the ancient city of Aleppo to deliver one of the first reports to examine the growth of Islamic extremism within the opposition. She also took viewers inside the heart of the revolution in Ukraine in March 2014 for a “60 Minutes” report. While reporting in Ukraine, Ward and her crew were blindfolded and detained for several hours by pro-Russian militants as they tried to approach the city of Slavyansk.
In October 2014, Ward returned to Syria undercover to interview two Western jihadis – a young American man and a former Dutch soldier – about their paths to radicalism. She was the first journalist to sit down with an American fighter inside Syria.
Ward’s unrivaled coverage of Syria has earned her several prestigious honors, including two Emmy Awards, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, a George Foster Peabody Award, and honors from the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association. Prior to joining CBS News, Ward was an ABC News Correspondent, based in Beijing and Moscow, and a correspondent for FOX News Channel, working out of Beirut and Baghdad. Ward graduated from Yale University with distinction and speaks six languages.