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.


September 8, 2021

From invasion to aftermath: America’s longest war

  In a matter of days, the United States will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the worst terror attack on American soil. It was this assault that led to the country’s longest war. Take a look back on why the U.S. got involved in Afghanistan […] Read More...
July 21, 2021

Colorado residents living near forest pay huge price

  This fire season in the United States is shaping up to be catastrophic. It is an anxious time in Colorado. The state is still coming to grips with the worst wildfires in the state’s history – which swept through Colorado last year. With global […] Read More...
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...
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