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 CNN.com.

Namdar has written and reported on many international stories, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the tsunami disaster in Asia, the disputed 2009 election and protests in Iran, and typhoon Haiyan as it hit the Philippines in 2013.

Namdar has conducted one-on-one interviews with 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.

Recently, she spoke one-on-one 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 trip to her native Iran since she left at the age of 12. Asieh has been recognized for her work by numerous Iranian-American organizations.

Asieh is originally from Iran and speaks Farsi 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.

STORIES BY ASIEH NAMDAR

January 18, 2019

Recipe for Life: Ann Xu

When Baltimore baker and illustrator Ann Xu is feeling down, she heads to the kitchen and cooks something from scratch. Check out what deliciousness she and Asieh made in this week's Recipe for Life. Read More...
November 15, 2018

Full Frame Close Up: Persian Puppets Go to China

"Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic" is a shadow puppet play like no other that's been drawing big, sold-out crowds in the U.S. and around the world. Now the Iranian production is being performed in China, where puppetry originated. Read More...
September 4, 2018

Recipe for Life: Sam Lek

Sam Lek's unique cocktails are very popular with his long-time clientele in D.C. But most people will tell you that it's Sam himself that makes "happy hour" a truly memorable experience. Read More...
July 10, 2018

Recipe for Life: Chris Hill

CGTN's Asieh Namdar caught up with chef, author and restaurateur Chris Hill and tried her hand at a true Southern classic - shrimp and grits. We're pretty sure her friends and family in her adopted hometown of Atlanta, Georgia will approve! Read More...
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