Christiane Amanpour was born in January 12, 1958 in London, United Kingdom. But she spent most of her childhood in Tehran, Iran. When she was 11 she attended Holy Cross Convent an all girls school. At the age of 16 she went to New Hall school. When she graduated from New Hall, she moved to the United States to study journalism at the University of Rhode Island. During her time there, she worked in the news department at WBRU-FM. In 1983 Amanpour graduated from the University Summa Cum Laude with a B.A degree in journalism. After that they hired her to work in CNN. When Amanpour became an international correspondent for CNN In 1990, her first mayor assignment was covering the Gulf War. Amanpour has worked for CBS News on their Award-Winning Program "60 minutes" as a reporter since 1998. Amanpour has received many awards including an inaugural television Academy Award, nine news and documentary Emmy, four George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, the courage in Journalism Award, nine honorary degrees. On March of 2010 Amanpour announced her departure from CNN to ABC News. Amanpour was the 2011 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University. One of Amanpour Quotes: "We do it because were committed, because were believers."