A few weeks ago we featured the bios of two CNN reporters who stood out covering Somalia for AC360. With this weeks Libya coverage we have two more reporters that have done an excellent job and we wanted to share a little background information on them.
Sara Sidner is CNN's multiple award winning, New Delhi-based international correspondent and is responsible for the network’s coverage of India and South Asia.
Since taking up this post, Sidner has reported on a wide range of subjects spanning politics, business, terrorism, culture and the social pressures the country faces in its drive to become a world power. Recently, Sidner contributed several reports as part of the ‘Eye on India’ week of special programming including the boom in India’s aviation sector, emergence of smaller towns as growth drivers and an interview with one of India's legendary business leaders. She has contributed several stories to CNN's Freedom Project which is exposing modern day slavery in countries around the world.
She also covered the visit of President Barack Obama to India, the historic Pakistan floods, the Chile and Haiti earthquakes, Sri Lanka’s volatile Presidential elections, a special on victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war and elections in Afghanistan. Sidner also reported on the Mumbai terrorist attacks, as they happened, from outside the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower in Mumbai.
Some of her other stories from the region include in-depth coverage of India’s first moon mission, massive flooding in North East India and across the border in Nepal, and the devastating Myanmar Cyclone.
With more than 15 years of television journalism experience, Sidner has covered many stories of national and international importance including one of the worst natural disasters the world has seen when she traveled to Sri Lanka to cover the aftermath of the Tsunami in 2004 and the 2004 U.S. presidential race in Washington D.C.
Prior to joining CNN, Sidner was a weekend anchor and reporter for KTVU-TV in Oakland, California
Matthew Chance is CNN's senior international correspondent based in Moscow. He has reported extensively on major stories for CNN's global news networks from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Russia and Chechnya, Europe and the Far East.
Chance led CNN’s coverage of the 2008 Georgia Russia war, reporting from the frontlines. With his team, Chance was the only television correspondent to cross from Georgian to Russian territory, filing reports from Tskinvali, the devastated capital of the South Ossetia war zone. When the conflict ended, Chance secured an exclusive interview with the Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin – the network’s first for eight years. Chance also sat down with Russia’s president, Dmitry Medvedev, for a one-on-one interview.
In other assignments, Chance reported from Mumbai, India, where he covered the 2008 militant attacks on the city and the siege of the landmark Taj Majal Hotel.
In 2005, Chance reported from the scene of the London bombings in July and carried out investigative reporting on the terrorists responsible for the catastrophe. He also reported on the Tsunami tragedy from Phuket where he documented heartbreaking stories of tourists from 27 nations caught in the disaster in December 2004.
In Russia, Chance reported on the Beslan school siege in September 2004 when 344 civilians perished in the three-day standoff between Chechen rebels and Russian security forces. He also covered the Moscow theatre hostage crisis in October 2002, in which nearly 800 people were held captive by Chechen rebels. His reports documented how Russian special forces pumped lethal gas into the theatre auditorium to subdue the hostage takers before storming in. He has also travelled repeatedly to Chechnya, where a bitter war continues unabated between separatist rebels and Russian troops.
In the Middle East, Chance reported extensively from Iraq in the aftermath of the 2003 war. He has also spent months documenting the hardships and bloodshed felt by both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, from Palestinian suicide attacks against Israelis to the impact of that country's military action in the occupied territories. He was the first journalist to interview the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, after Israeli troops lifted a siege on his Ramallah compound in May 2002. He also covered the Israeli siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in May 2002. In 2005 he covered the disengagement of Israel from Gaza. And in 2007, he returned to the region to report from the frontlines in the war between Israel and the Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah.
As nuclear tensions simmered between India and Pakistan, Chance flew to the central Asian country of Kazakhstan to interview the Pakistani president, General Pervais Musharraf. In the interview, General Musharraf clarified his policy on the use of nuclear weapons.
Chance joined CNN in October 2001 when he reported from Northern Afghanistan. As Kabul fell to the Northern Alliance forces, he was the first CNN correspondent, and one of the first Western reporters, to arrive in the city, entering the Afghan capital on foot. He then reported on the emotional outpouring as the people of Kabul reacted to the departure of the Taliban.
Between 1996 and 2001, Chance was a freelance correspondent based in Sri Lanka, Bangkok and London. Some of the events he covered on behalf of CNN include the violence in East Timor, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and the refugee crisis in Kosovo. He has also reportedly extensively on the troubles in Chechnya, spending almost 18 months in Russia and Chechnya reporting for CNN. Previously he worked in London as a broadcast journalist for the BBC World Service.
Chance is British and attended the University of London where he earned a BA in Archaeology and Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies.