New Delhi: CNN International today announced the appointment of Sumnima Udas as the network’s Delhi-based correspondent. Working from the country’s capital, Udas will be responsible for covering key political, economic, social, environmental and general interest stories from India.
“The eyes of the world will be trained on India as the world’s largest democracy and emerging economic powerhouse goes to the polls in 2014,” said Ellana Lee, Vice President and Managing Editor, CNN International Asia Pacific. “Sumnima is a passionate journalist who has played a vital role in bringing key news stories to CNN viewers worldwide. With her new appointment as Delhi correspondent we look forward to strengthening our presence in this diverse and dynamic region,” she added.
Udas joined CNN New York in 2001 as a news assistant and moved with the network to Hong Kong in 2006 as a show producer. She has been CNN’s producer in Delhi since 2010.
Her recent assignments included reporting on the brutal New Delhi gang rape and its aftermath in December 2012, the Bangladesh garment factory collapse and rescue efforts in April 2013, the bomb blasts outside the New Delhi High Court and the widespread anti-corruption protests and the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Udas was part of the team which was awarded the prestigious Cine Golden Eagle Award in 2012 for reporting on slavery in Indian villages, as part of the CNN Freedom Project, the network’s global initiative against human trafficking and modern day slavery. She also received the Asian Television Award as a producer on CNN Talk Asia, the weekly interview show produced from Hong Kong that explores the personalities behind key newsmakers.
Udas received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude with honors in Broadcast Journalism and History of Art from the Washington and Lee University ,Virginia, USA and went on to pursue her Masters degree from Oxford University. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali and French and grew up in ten countries including Pakistan, Italy, Switzerland, Jordan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Myanmar.