Sean Callebs

Sean Callebs

Sean Callebs has been a network reporter in four different decades. He comes to CGTN with more than 20 years experience at CNN, where he covered a wide array of stories. Sean was CNN’s point person based in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Sean also put a face on the problem of poverty in the United States when he lived on food stamps for a month, and was nationally recognized for his work as the number of people dependent of food stamps surged from about 26 million to more than 32 million in the United States.

Sean has worked in a number of countries including China, Cuba, Guatemala, Afghanistan, Jordan, and Kuwait. He reported from Ground Zero in New York for weeks in the aftermath of the attacks on Sept. 11.

Sean anchored news programs on CNN and CNN Headline News, and was in the anchor chair the morning Saddam Hussein was captured in Iraq. He also got the only interview with Timothy McVeigh’s co-conspirator in the aftermath of the horrific attack on the federal building in Oklahoma City.

Sean has been widely recognized for his work. Among his awards is a National Emmy for his coverage in the aftermath of the Mississippi River flood in 1993. He received a Gold Medal at the New York Film Festival that same year for a documentary on Alaska three years after the Exxon Valdez Spill. He has won numerous awards for spot news reporting, including Hurricane Katrina and the Oklahoma City Bombing.

In 2011, Sean served as a diplomat in Afghanistan for the U.S. State Department, where he helped rebuild the country’s TV, radio, and film industries.

He is a distinguished alum from Marshall University, and delivered the commencement address at the University in 2010.

STORIES BY SEAN CALLEBS

April 22, 2021

Climate change and the Louisiana wetlands

Due to climate change, storms are coming more often, they are more violent, and sea levels are rising. The marshes that for generations protected the U.S. state of Louisiana’s coastal residents from flooding, are all but gone. As the world focuses on climate change, CGTN’s Sean Callebs takes a look at how Louisiana got to this point – and what change could mean. Read More...
April 3, 2021

Iran nuclear deal: Goals of high-stakes meeting in Vienna

  A high-stakes meeting in Vienna next week to discuss the Iran nuclear deal. The meeting will include China, Russia and the EU.  There is international hope that Iran and the United States could be on the verge of settling their long-standing disputes and bring […] Read More...
December 15, 2020

The Heat: U.S. politics and COVID-19

The Electoral College votes to confirm the next president of the United States. Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 deaths passes 300,000 in the U.S. as the first vaccinations begin.  Read More...
This is what an undecided swing state voter looks like
October 26, 2020

This is what an undecided swing state voter looks like

As a swing state, Pennsylvania supported President Donald Trump four years ago. Is the state still a swing state this year? CGTN’s Sean Callebs spoke to an undecided Pennsylvania resident, a Muslim who immigrated from Pakistan years ago about U.S. immigration policy and 2020 U.S. presidential election. Read More...
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