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Christiane Amanpour, English Journalist ( January 12, 1958 - )

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We hear foreign accents on CNN. It's crazy, it's wild, who knows, maybe they'll take you because you certainly don't fit in, in the American spectrum of news.~Christiane Amanpour


Crazy American You

I leave CNN with the utmost respect, love and admiration for the company and everyone who works here. This has been my family and shared endeavor for the past 27 years, and I am forever grateful and proud of all that we have accomplished.~Christiane Amanpour


Love Family Respect

We were thrilled and we were privileged to be part of a revolution, because make no mistake about it, Ted Turner changed the world with CNN.~Christiane Amanpour


World Revolution Mistake

Yes, you are running businesses, and yes, we understand and accept that, but surely there must be a level beyond which profit from news is simply indecent.~Christiane Amanpour


You News Accept

But 17 years ago, I arrived at CNN with a suitcase, with my bicycle, and with about 100 dollars.~Christiane Amanpour


Bicycle Suitcase Years

Because if we the storytellers don't do this, then the bad people will win.~Christiane Amanpour


People Win Bad People

We do it because we're committed, because we're believers.~Christiane Amanpour


Because Committed

If we have no respect for our viewers, then how can we have any respect for ourselves and what we do?~Christiane Amanpour


Respect No Respect Viewers

And I believe that good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place.~Christiane Amanpour


Good World Believe

'm thrilled to be joining the incredible team at ABC News. Being asked to anchor 'This Week' and the superb tradition started by David Brinkley, is a tremendous and rare honor, and I look forward to discussing the great domestic and international issues of the day.~Christiane Amanpour


Day Week Team

I have spent the past ten years in just about every war zone there was.~Christiane Amanpour


War Past Years

What we do and say and show really matters.~Christiane Amanpour


Matters Say Show

I was really just the tea boy to begin with, or the equivalent thereof, but I quickly announced, innocently but very ambitiously, that I wanted to be, I was going to be, a foreign correspondent.~Christiane Amanpour


Tea Boy Begin

U.S. soldiers, with whom I now have more than a passing acquaintance, joke that they track my movements in order to know where they will be deployed next.~Christiane Amanpour


Soldiers Know Now

We manage the fear, I manage the fear, but it certainly takes its toll, the strain does.~Christiane Amanpour


Fear Strain Takes

In Bosnia, little children shot in the head by a guy who thinks it's okay to aim his gun at a child.~Christiane Amanpour


Children Child Gun

And one thing that I always believed and that I knew for certain was that I could never have sustained a personal relationship while I worked this hard, or while I was that driven this intensely by the story.~Christiane Amanpour


Relationship Story

If you have a child, I said, you have a responsibility at least to stay alive.~Christiane Amanpour


Child Responsibility You

I was planning, I told everybody, to take him on the road with me. At the very least I fully expected to keep up my hectic pace, and my passion as a war correspondent.~Christiane Amanpour


War Passion Road

I have always thought it morally unacceptable to kill stories, not to run stories, that people have risked their lives to get.~Christiane Amanpour


People Thought Run

Our industry has invested so much money in technology that perhaps it's time to invest in talent, in people.~Christiane Amanpour


Time Money Technology

Here in the United States, our profession is much maligned, people simply don't trust or like journalists anymore and that's sad.~Christiane Amanpour


Trust Sad People

They take journalism really seriously because they know the force that it is and can be.~Christiane Amanpour


Journalism Know Seriously

In emerging democracies like Russia, in authoritarian states like Iran or even Yugoslavia, journalists play a vital role in civil society. In fact, they form the very basis of those new democracies and civil societies.~Christiane Amanpour


Society Play New

In Iran the whole reform and democracy movement has been based on the emerging free press.~Christiane Amanpour


Democracy Free Free Press

For instance, why are we terrorizing this country, leading with murder and mayhem, when crime is actually on the decline, as somebody, as somebody mentioned?~Christiane Amanpour


Crime Country Why