Since its establishment in 1957 George Mason University has accumulated a long list of notable alumni. Among them is Hala Gorani anchor and correspondent for CNN International. Throughout her career she has created a name for herself, and has become one of the most iconic women in the media in the 21st century.
Hala Gorani was born on Mar. 1 1970 in Seattle, Washington. She was raised in Paris by Syrian and French parents. Groan speaks speaks English, Arabic, and French. She earned a a Bachelor of Science from GMU and also the Institut d’etudes politiques in Paris, France. Gorani’s career began writing for the French daily La Voix du Nord and Agency France Presse. She also worked for France 3 that is a French network where she covered various stories for Paris Premiere (French cable network). Finally she worked for Bloomberg Television in London before joining CNN as an anchor in 1998.
One of her most known achievements is that she reported from every country in the Middle East. As a Middle Eastern student myself this is both fascinating and impressive. Gorani has been to report from countries with various cultures, laws, safety concerns, etc. Being a female and reporting in that area of the world is amazing because she has been able to break boundaries and report.
Currently Gorani is anchoring The World Right Now, with Hala Gorani. It is impossible to list every single issue she has reported on but the following are a few of the major breaking news stories reported on:
- Syrian Refugee Crisis in 2014.
- Egyptian Elections in 2012.
- Coverage of the Arab Spring.
- Haiti earthquake in 2012.
- Israel-Hezbollah Conflict in 2006.
There is no doubt that Hala Gorani is an inspiration for many people from all over the world. She was recognized with a Golden Nymph Award for her coverage of the Haiti earthquake. The award actually represents one of the highest honors in the field of international journalism. Gorani is definitely one of CNN’s most experienced international journalists. From 2011 to 2015 every year she was named among the 100 most powerful Arab women by the Arabian Business Magazine. In 2015 she was also named one of the most powerful women by Forbes Woman Middle East. In May of 2015 Gorani was awarded Honorary Doctor of Human Letters Degree by George Mason University. She also proceeded to deliver the 2015 commencement address to the graduating class.