Asieh Namdar

Asieh Namdar is an Anchor for CGTN America in Washington, D.C. She comes to CGTN with more than 20 years of experience at CNN, where she served as an anchor for CNNI, a senior writer for HLN, and a contributor to

Namdar has written and reported on many international stories, including the trade dispute between China and the US, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the tsunami disaster in Asia, the disputed 2009 election and protests in Iran, as well as the Iran nuclear agreement.

Namdar has interviewed several newsmakers including Nobel Peace-Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Jordan’s Queen Rania, Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and best-selling author Azar Nafisi.

She is one of the few Iranian-American women who has conducted extensive one-on-one interviews with Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

In 2004, she traveled to ancient city of Bam in Iran for a humanitarian mission after a deadly earthquake. It was her first and last trip to her native Iran since she left at the age of 12.

Asieh has also moderated various panels and served as master of ceremony for high profile events in the US, Canada, Morocco and Belgium. She has been recognized for her work by numerous Iranian-American organizations.

Asieh is originally from Iran and speaks Persian fluently. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. Asieh is married and has two daughters, Leila and Roya.


January 3, 2020

The Heat: U.S. kills Iranian General

Iran is vowing retaliation after a US drone strike killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad. And the US is sending more troops to the Middle East. A dangerous new escalation. Are the two countries on the brink of war? Read More...
January 3, 2020

How U.S. identity politics became weaponized

Kurt Bardella is an Asian American media analyst who left the Republican party after Trump's election. Bardella explains his reasons for leaving, and the dangerous role of identity politics in American democracy. Read More...
trump on phone
September 27, 2019

Could Trump’s presidency actually come to an end?

An impeachment inquiry against President Trump is moving forward. But is Congress and the public ready for what's next? For perspective, we're joined by Bruce Fein, who helped draft the articles of impeachment against presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Read More...
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif
September 23, 2019

One-on-One w/ Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

On the sidelines of the UNGA, CGTN's Asieh Namdar spoke with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. They talked about the war in Yemen, sanctions, the U.S. decision to deploy troops to Saudi Arabia, and accusations Iran was behind a major attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry. Read More...
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