Isha Sesay Joins AC 360…

It seems there’s always something that happens after I throw up a blog stopping trip announcement and today is no exception. CNN announced that CNNI’s Isha Sesay is joining the AC 360 team.

Isha Sesay Joins Anderson Cooper 360° Beginning Monday, January 17th

Isha Sesay is an anchor for CNN International based at the network’s global headquarters in Atlanta. Sesay joins the Anderson Cooper 360° team and will provide news updates throughout the hour. She is expected to appear on the program on a nightly basis while still continuing her duties at CNN International.

In addition to her role on AC360, Sesay anchors 10am ET edition of International Desk Monday through Thursday from Atlanta. She also hosts and reports for Inside Africa, CNN International’s award-winning, weekly program dedicated to providing viewers with an inside look at political, economic, social and cultural affairs and trends in Africa.

A seasoned journalist, Sesay has covered numerous breaking news and world news events such as the kidnapping of British toddler, Margaret Hill, in the Niger Delta; death of Slobodan Milosevic; Liberia’s historic election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; the hospitalization of Ariel Sharon; the foiled transatlantic plane bomb plot; the Israeli-Hezbollah war; and the Live Earth concert in Johannesburg, South Africa.

While on assignment in South Africa in 2007, she covered the launch of ‘The Elders’- an initiative founded by Nelson Mandela to tackle the world’s intractable problems. Sesay also traveled to Nigeria to cover the country’s historic presidential elections in April 2007, which saw the transfer of power from one civilian government to another for the first time in the nation’s history. While there, she conducted one-on-one interviews with both the outgoing president Olusegun Obasanjo, and the new leader, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

Sesay joined CNN in November 2005 from the UK broadcaster ITN, where she anchored ITV’s Early Morning News programme, as well news bulletins for the UK’s most watched breakfast programme ‘GMTV.’Prior to this, Sesay spent over three years presenting ‘Good Morning Sports Fans’ for Sky Sports. From 1998-2001, Sesay presented a wide range of programmes across the BBC networks.

A Briton of Sierra Leonean parentage, Sesay holds a BA honours English degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University.

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9 Responses to “Isha Sesay Joins AC 360…”

  1. Didn’t Isha Sesay have a regular anchoring gig or was she just a fill in on CNNI? I’ve seen her plenty when Pipeline used to show CNNI starting at 8pm..

    If so, then wouldn’t this be sorta a demotion?

    That’s how I felt when Erica Hill stopped hosting her own program on HLN for news break duties with AC360.

  2. whitneymuse Says:

    When Erica Hill left, there was a lot of personality that left with her; I could watch Cooper for some of the 1/2 hour just because the show had “charm”…Miss Erica Hill.

  3. Isha Sesay is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International based at the network’s global headquarters in Atlanta. She anchors the 1000ET/ 1500GMT edition of ‘International Desk’, the weekday program that brings viewers into the heart of the largest newsgathering operation in the world, immersing them in the latest stories of the day.

    She also hosts and reports for ‘Inside Africa’, CNN International’s award-winning, weekly program dedicated to providing viewers with an inside look at political, economic, social and cultural affairs and trends in Africa.

    Assuming her CNN bio is current, seems like a whole lot less air time to me. But, I like the idea of bringing in talent from CNNI. Because, I think we all know the domestic side has some of the weakest anchors.

  4. You guys are misreading the release. She’s not losing any prior responsibilities…she’s adding AC360 to them.

  5. Yikes, I didn’t even read the release, just the headline..

    So, her “hits” will be done via a remote. Its all so clear to me now!

  6. Who is this “Keith Olbermann” you speak of? Will he help me get Rachel Maddow’s autograph?

  7. I just used that line on another thread. Oh well, it was funnier when I said it.

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