The world of social journalism is a dangerous one. While the reporters do their best to uncover the truths that lay dormant behind the closed gates of the government and certain individuals, there are those wno prefer that certain things should forever remain a dark secret and never see the light of day. There are those journalists who defy the powers that be, journalists who will try everything within their power (especially within their information network) to uncover the truth—even if it means risking their lives for it. For they have the noble belief that the people have the right to learn the truth, no matter how ugly or vile that truth may be.
Being a journalist is no easy job, but easily romanticized. You could get flown over to some country where wars rage on, bombings are commonplace, starvation is the daily norm, assassinations are rampant, and all that jazz. You would speak and ask questions with powerful entities, formulate the questions in a way that would keep you breathing for the next few seconds, and get as much information as needed despite the intensity of intimidation that is oozing out of these elites and their guards who look like they could break more than just bones on any given day.
For some journalists, this is an everyday reality. Here we will take a look at Christiane Amanpour, a British-Iranian journalist and TV host known for being a straight-shooting, tough-as-nails reporter for CNN. Amanpour also serves as CNN's chief international correspondent while taking on the role of the host in CNN International’s nightly interview program Amanpour. She first gained recognition in 1985 when she reported on the war between Iran and Iraq. This had been her first major assignment after a stint of working as an entry-level desk assistant. She then went on to receive multiple awards and other honors for her work throughout her prolific career as a journalist.