Becky Anderson - CNN's Abu Dhabi Correspondent, Host and Anchor

September 9, 2016
First published on:September 9, 2016
by HitBerry

Becky Anderson is an experienced British journalist who has been working for CNN International and Connect the World with Becky Anderson. 

Early Life

Becky Anderson was born on November 15, 1967, in Manchester, United Kingdom. Becky completed her Bachelors (Hons) in Economics from Sussex University in the UK. She joined Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in 1990 to gain a masters degree in Mass Communication in 19992.

In 2012, her name was added to Arizona State University’s Hall of Fame.


She started her career as a print reporter in abundant business publications after receiving her Masters Degree. Later, she returned back to her home country and worked for EBN and CNBC Europe as a reporter. She has had journalism experiences with reputed companies such as Bloomberg, UK's Independent Television Network. 

 Between 2002 to 2005, Becky was the presenter for CNN’s golf program named “Living Golf” and a sailing show, “Inside Sailing”.

In 2014, the multi-talented journalist was repositioned from her hometown London to the Asian money making city of Abu Dhabi. Since then, she started hosting for CNN Middle East and also started with CNN International’s flagship news program ‘Connect The World’ with Becky Anderson in UAE.  She believes the being relocated to Abu Dhabi will provide the team to get profound knowledge and exposure.


Happy Birthday to #CNN35

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At present, she is also known to be the Managing Editor for CNN Abu Dhabi.

Major News Covered

She has been in the limelight for covering the outraging war in Syria, ongoing unrest of Arab Spring and Isreal- Palestine peace progression.

Moreover, she has had one-one interviews with top personalities such as former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, South African President Jacob Juma and current UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Not only had she had her hands on politicians, she has interviewed celebrities such as Lupita Nyong's, Beyonce, George Clooney, Lady Gaga and much more.

Anderson was also the official Correspondent for CNN during 2012 Olympics and she was provided with the opportunity to broadcast live from the Buckingham Palace in London.  Furthermore, in 2013, she was live with NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg.

Recently, in July 2016, she interviewed the president of Turkey, Recep Erdogan that was viewed by millions of audiences.

Personal Life

Becky generally starts her day with a glass of fresh juice or gym at the Thai boxing center. She calls “teamwork” as one of the principle mantra for best outcomes in a workplace.

Anderson, in her shoot location, needs a Nespresso to fulfill her thirst for hot beverage.  Talking about her role models, she has always aspired and respected female personalities. Award-winning journalist Martha Gellhorn has always been an inspiration for her. 

Experienced journalist Anderson has managed to maintain her private life in such shadows, it is quite unknown about her married life. As per various sources, some claim that Becky Anderson is a lesbian, while some assure that she is married to her husband. 

Skeleton Ride for CNN shoot

Around 2 years back, Becky took enough courage to opt for a skeleton ride. It really looks fun, but at the same time, is equally dangerous. She took the opportunity to Instagram to post some pictures of the commendable work she has tried out.


@BeckyCNN tries out the skeleton #CTW #sochi

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@BeckyCNN tries out the skeleton #CTW #sochi

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Travelling has always been a part of Becky’s life since it is deeply related to her job. She feels that the best part about travelling to new places is to feel the buzz of a busy city. As of now, she has travelled to more than 100 countries already. Among all places, she likes the Middle East the most because of the food, people, its diversity, and culture. Mexico comes second in the list of her favorite countries. 

Selfie with Guests and Co-Workers

Becky, no matter her age, always acts like a young woman who is full of life. Whenever she gets the time, she takes a picture - be it with a guest or her CNN Teammate. 


At the #barasti with my ViP Deb Rayner for a grilling at the #grill on #dubaieye1038

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Selfie Alert w/ comedian @nitinmirani

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Million Dollar Smile

Becky, 48, is an amazing personality and her smile explains it all. Her smile - unique and confident, shows that she lives a happy life. She has definitely been blessed with such a smile which lures millions of audiences watching her. Even though sometimes there comes a time when she has to work for around 20 hours  a day, it is very less seen that she has ever complained about it.