Robyn Curnow is a CNN anchor and host of International Desk with Robyn Curnow, which airs weekdays at 11am ET on CNN International.
Robyn Curnow is a CNN anchor and host of CNN International's International Desk with Robyn Curnow, which airs weekdays at 11am ET. Previously, she served as a CNN correspondent in Johannesburg and London.
Curnow contributed to CNN International's daily coverage of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and her show continues to provide detailed coverage on President Trump and his administration. She continues to report on world reaction to the new White House administration and the diplomatic and geopolitical implications for Russia, Europe and Asia.
Curnow also continues to cover the British exit from the European Union ('Brexit') extensively on her show as well as the migrant crisis and key elections taking place on the continent.
Recently, she anchored CNN's coverage of the truck terror attack in Sweden. Additionally, she's anchored CNN's coverage of multiple terror attacks across Paris, Brussels, Turkey, Bangladesh, and Tunisia. She's examined the rise of ISIS, the war in Syria and was on air when coalition forces launched the Mosul offensive in October 2016.
Last year Curnow reported live from Havana on the death of Fidel Castro, and was on the ground providing live reports from Cuba when U.S. President Barack Obama made his historic trip to the island.
She's also been on air during key events during the papacy of Pope Francis, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and has interviewed astronauts as they were orbiting in the International Space Station.
While based in South Africa as a correspondent, Curnow led CNN's coverage of Nelson Mandela's death and reported exclusively from his funeral at his homestead in Qunu. Mandela's family gave her unparalleled access to his final resting place and details on his last moments. Curnow had a long association with Mandela, interviewing him a number of times since his Presidency. Her conversation with him on his 90th birthday was the last official interview he gave.
Curnow has interviewed Oscar Pistorius and was based in Pretoria during his murder trial. Her documentary on the Olympian, commissioned by Anderson Cooper 360°, also featured exclusive footage and interviews with Pistorius' inner circle.
Curnow sat down for an exclusive interview with former U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, while they were on a charity trip to Zambia in 2013. Separately, she also interviewed U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama when she travelled to Botswana and former U.S. President Bill Clinton when he visited South Africa. She's also interviewed Oprah Winfrey and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Additionally, Curnow covered a wide range of stories from Africa such as the soccer World Cup, political scandals involving South African President Jacob Zuma and Boko Haram. She traveled extensively on the continent and reported from Zimbabwe on human rights abuses and corruption.
Curnow started reporting for CNN in 2002 in London, covering the impact of the South Asian tsunami, the London bombings in 2005 and the death of Pope John Paul II from the Vatican.
Before joining CNN, Curnow was a reporter for the BBC and for the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
Curnow graduated with a master's degree in International Relations from Cambridge University. She born in Australia and raised in South Africa.