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CNN Profiles - Amara Walker - Anchor - CNN

About 

    Amara Walker is an anchor for CNN International based at the network's global headquarters in Atlanta. She currently anchors CNN Today with Michael Holmes between 5-8p ET/ 5-8a HKT.

    Since joining CNN, she has covered a number of major international breaking news events. Most recently she anchored live coverage of the 2015 Israeli legislative elections and the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the death of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew and the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. Walker also anchored both CNN and CNN International's breaking news coverage of the 2014 Ottawa shootings at the Canadian Parliament and the first hours of the Lindt Café terror siege in Sydney, Australia.

    Other major live events Walker has anchored include the death of Ariel Sharon, the South Korea ferry disaster, the historic double canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II, the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the referendum in Crimea, which led to Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian region. She was also live on the air as security forces stormed Kiev's Independence Square, which ultimately led to the crisis in Ukraine.

    Walker previously served as a weekend evening news anchor and general assignment reporter at WFLD in Chicago. While there, she reported on the 2012 U.S. presidential election from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign headquarters. She also covered the Chicago teachers' strike that shut down the public school system for eight days. In addition, she contributed numerous reports on the violence plaguing the south side of Chicago.

    Prior to Chicago, Walker spent seven years at WTVJ in Miami as a weekend evening news anchor and general assignment reporter. During her time there, she reported on major national and international stories including the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, the 2012 Florida Republican primary, the 2006 NBA championship and the 2010 governor's race in Florida. In the summer of 2005, she reported from New Orleans and Mississippi as Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on the South. After the earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, Walker traveled to the country to cover the devastation.

    Born and raised outside of Los Angeles, Walker graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual degree in political science and broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California. She speaks conversational Korean and Spanish.