Clarissa Ward was named CBS News Foreign Correspondent in October 2011. She will report for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including occasionally for "60 Minutes."
Most recently, Ward was the Asia Correspondent for ABC News, based in Beijing. She was one of the first network correspondents to report directly from the hardest hit areas after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Ward also spent time in Afghanistan embedded with the Marines in dangerous Helmand Province.
Previously, she served as ABC News' Moscow Correspondent, covering the 2007 Russian presidential elections and reporting from inside Georgia during the Russian incursion. In 2008 her reporting on the global food crisis, part of a series of reports on "World News with Charles Gibson," received an Emmy Award for Business & Financial Reporting.
Before joining ABC News, Ward was a correspondent for FOX News Channel, working out of Beirut and Baghdad, providing reports on major events in the region, most prominently the execution of Saddam Hussein. She also interviewed several major figures, including General David Petraeus and Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, and spent time embedded with the U.S. military in Iraq.
Ward graduated from Yale University with distinction. She grew up between the U.S. and U.K. and is fluent in French and Italian and has a command of Mandarin, Arabic, Russian and Spanish.