Anand Naidoo

Anand Naidoo

Anand Naidoo is the anchor for CGTN America’s “The Heat”, based at the network’s Washington D.C. Bureau. 

Anand joined CGTN America in October 2012 after five years as an anchor and correspondent for Al Jazeera English in Washington.

Before that he was an Atlanta-based anchor for CNN International’s World News for ten years. During this time Anand reported from the Middle East, South Africa and Europe.

Before joining CNN in 1997, Anand was the principal evening news anchor for the South African Broadcasting Corp. in Johannesburg.

He began his broadcast career in Belgium, where he worked as a field producer for Belgian television as well as a producer and anchor for the Belgian Radio World Service. In those positions, he traveled widely as a producer and reporter in Western Europe, the former Soviet bloc states and the Middle East.

Anand has also worked as a news editor on Radio 702, a Johannesburg independent radio station and a presenter on the South African cable station, M-Net.

He began his career as a newspaper journalist on the Johannesburg Rand Daily Mail.

Among the major stories Anand has covered during his career was the release of Nelson Mandela and the first all-race elections in South Africa in 1994. He has also anchored breaking news coverage on the bomb blasts at the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the DPRK missile tests, the Nato Air Campaign in Yugoslavia and the Bosnian war and the 2nd Gulf War in Iraq.

He has also reported extensively from Latin America and North America. He also covered the election campaign of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Anand is the recipient of several prestigious journalism awards including the George Peabody award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the Tsunami disaster in South East Asia.

In April 2015, he was awarded the Bronze World Medal for Best News Anchor at the New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards. The jury cited his coverage of the rise of the Far Right in European politics in making the award.

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April 18, 2024

The Heat: IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings

The IMF says the global economy remains resilient and raised its global growth forecast to 3.2% this year. The report comes as finance leaders are gathering in Washington, D.C. for the IMF/World Bank Spring meetings. We discuss inflation, climate change and mounting global debt with:  […] Read More...
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April 16, 2024

The Heat: U.S. Politics

Former U.S. President Donald Trump returned to a New York courtroom on Tuesday for a second day of jury selection. They will decide whether the former president is guilty of 34 charges alleging he falsified business records to cover up a sex scandal during the […] Read More...
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April 12, 2024

The Heat: Haiti Crisis

It’s been one month since Haiti’s Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, resigned from his post. This after gangs across Port-au-Prince attacked several government buildings in late February, driving more than 53,000 people to leave as violence continues to rock the nation’s capital. Political leaders have now […] Read More...
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April 11, 2024

The Heat: IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings

Policy makers will gather in Washington next week for the annual IMF – World Bank spring meetings. The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, says the meetings come at a sensitive time for the world economy.  Joining the discussion: Qu Qiang ie […] Read More...
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April 10, 2024

The Heat: U.S.-Japan Relations

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is on a state visit to the United States and was greeted at the White House by President Biden. Both leaders announced plans for closer cooperation in areas like military and defense. But, the visit is drawing attention to a […] Read More...
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April 9, 2024

The Heat: U.S. Politics

U.S. President Joe Biden is under fire over his handling of the Gaza crisis. During primary contests, Democratic voters in some states marked “uncommitted” on ballots, in a sign of protest against Biden. Will that hinder his chances for reelection in November?   Joining the discussion: […] Read More...
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April 8, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

Six months ago, Hamas crossed the border into Israel, leaving 1,200 people dead and taking more than 250 hostage.  The Gaza Healthy Ministry says more than 33,000 people have been killed by Israel. Meanwhile, Israel has become increasingly isolated internationally, with even its closest ally, […] Read More...
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April 4, 2024

The Heat: U.S. Guns in Latin America

The United States is known for having some of the most relaxed firearms laws in the world, to the delight and dismay of the domestic population, depending on one’s political views. But the availability of guns also creates problems for America’s geographical neighbors in Latin […] Read More...
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April 2, 2024

The Heat: Israel-Hamas Conflict

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted that Israeli forces “unintentionally” hit civilians in Gaza and killed seven foreign aid workers with the World Central Kitchen. The incident drew global outrage. Meanwhile, Iran and Syria have accused Israel of bombing an Iranian consulate in Damascus.  Joining […] Read More...
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