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Hala Basha-Gorani (Arabic : هالة غوراني) (born 1 March 1970), is a Syrian American anchor/correspondent for CNN International based in the network's headquarters in Atlanta, Georgiamarker. Previously based at the London bureau, she anchors CNN International's International Desk. She also hosted a monthly program (aired on weekends) on CNN called Inside the Middle East. It was announced in February 2009 that Inside the Middle East will no longer be in production. Hala co-hosted Your World Today with Jim Clancy until February 2009 when she moved to her own show (International Desk).

Biography

Gorani was born in Seattle, Washingtonmarker, United States to Syrianmarker parents from Aleppomarker but was mainly raised in Paris, Francemarker. She lived also in Algeriamarker. Her name Hala is a common Arabic name which means halo. She earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from George Mason Universitymarker near Washington, D.C.marker and graduated from the Institut d'études politiquesmarker (better known as Sciences Po) in Paris in 1995.

Career

She began her career as a reporter for La Voix du Nord and Agence France-Presse before joining France 3 in 1994. After a stint at Bloomberg Television in London, she joined CNN in 1998.

Establishing herself as a Middle East specialist, she covered the Hezbollah-Israel war in the summer of 2006 from Lebanon as the main anchor for CNN International, helping the network's coverage of the Middle East win an Edward R. Murrow award for "Excellence in Journalism".

Gorani also reports from Saudi Arabiamarker, Iraqmarker, Lebanonmarker, Syriamarker and Egyptmarker.

In 2002 and in April 2007, she led CNN's coverage of the 2007 French presidential election.

Gorani avoids discussing her political and religious views, citing the need for professional neutrality.However, her coverage of the Hajj (a Muslim's pilgrimage to Mecca) in 2006 indicated that she is a Muslim since only Muslims are allowed to Mecca.

Personal life

She speaks English, French and Arabic. She currently resides in Atlanta.

French novelist Yann Moix dedicated his first novel "Jubilations Vers le Ciel" to Gorani in 1996.

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