A talk by CNN Morning News Co-Anchor Kiran Chetry.
Kiran, a Larchmont resident (and wife of new board member Chris Knowles!) spoke on the history of women in news and of course touch upon her own experiences. This event was in conjunction with the area schools’ Women in History Month programs. The talk took place in the Chapter Room of St. Johns Episcopal Church, 4 Fountain Square, Larchmont.
Kiran Chetry anchors American Morning with John Roberts. Since joining CNN’s flagship morning program in April 2007, Chetry has covered several breaking news stories both in the field and at the helm of the anchor desk including the shooting massacre at Virginia Tech, the assassination of former Pakistani President Benazhair Bhutto, the Michael Jackson Memorial, the San Diego Wildfires and the attempted nightclub bombings in London. In addition, Chetry was one of the few journalists to interview Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and the rest of the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight crew shortly after their heroic landing on the Hudson River.
Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, Chetry reported live from various political events including the New Hampshire Primaries and from Washington, DC the morning of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. During the campaign, Chetry interviewed several of the candidates including now President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator John McCain, Governors Mitt Romney and Bill Richardson and Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Her anchoring into the early morning hours, along with John Roberts, following election night won the program a National Headliner Award. She has also reported for the series Children of War, which examined how American children cope with their parents’ deployments in Iraq and has also reported for a week-long special series “The War At Home” exploring the struggles of American soldiers after they return home from the wars in Iraq and Afganistan. Chetry’s reporting during the foiled London bomb attack in 2007 earned American Morning a Daytime Emmy nomination.
Chetry joined CNN in February 2007 and immediately began anchoring various CNN programs including American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360º, Paula Zahn Now and CNN Newsroom. Previously, Chetry was the anchor of Fox & Friends First and Fox & Friends Weekend for the Fox News Channel. She has covered major breaking news stories including reports from the field during the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster, the invasion of Baghdad and Hurricane Katrina.
Chetry began her journalism career at News 21 in Rockville, Md., in 1995 before moving to WICU-TV in Erie, Penn., to become an anchor and health reporter. At WICU-TV, she earned the Best Enterprise Reporting award from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association in 1997 for “Young and Hooked,” a series about teen smoking. She then served as a morning anchor and reporter for KXTV in Sacramento, Calif., before joining Fox News in 2001.
Chetry received her bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland.