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 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.