By America Lopez, Talon Co-editor
All good journalists should confirm that they have a reliable source before presenting a story to the public. They should also present truthful information and put their bias aside when publishing a story. Good journalists should also try and present helpful and interesting information. Christiane Amanpour, the Chief International Correspondent for CNN and the Global Affairs Anchor of ABC News, is known for her dedication to high-quality journalism. For most of her career, she has worked concurrently for both CNN (from 1983 to the present) and ABC News (since 2010).
Christiane was recognized for her valor during the Bosnian War and Gulf War for parachuting into conflict areas. In the early 1990’s, Amanpour’s reporting of the Persian Gulf War brought her recognition for achieving a new level of news coverage. During her CNN interview show she had a live telephone interview with the former chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Yasser Arafat, while he was held up in his compound in March 2002.
Christiane reminds me of Miriam, Moses’ sister in the Bible, because, like Miriam, she is incredibly courageous and inventive. In Exodus 2, Miriam, after putting Moses in the water, came back after the Pharaoh’s daughter found Moses, and told her that she would find someone to care for the baby. Later, she brought back the baby’s mother. If she hadn’t thought of that, Moses would have been killed and never would have left us with his enduring legacy. What would the world be like without the first five books of the Bible? CNN would not be what it is today without Christiane’s dedication in reporting the Gulf War.
Christiane’s labor in the field has influenced many women journalists and reporters and has set an example for others in her field. Personally, I’ve found that because Christiane is such a strong leader in journalism, it gives me hope for my own future career in that field. Nowadays, there are so many careers that are dominated by men and it”s incredibly empowering to find a woman who raises the bar. Hopefully, in the future, my writing could have a tenth of the influence and strength that Amanpour’s does.
Deuteronomy 31:6 reminds us to “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Christiane put herself in dangerous situations, and although we don’t have to go that extreme, we should still find courage to do things that we normally wouldn’t for the greater good of those around us.