Holly Williams joined as a CBS News Correspondent in July 2012 and is based in Istanbul, Turkey. She reports for CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, CBS This Morning and CBSNews.com.
Williams recently provided extensive coverage of safety and labor violations inside Bangladesh factories that export clothing and other garments to U.S. and European retailers.
She also has reported on the global trafficking of illegal ivory from Africa to China and posed as a buyer to investigate the worst elephant slaughter in 30 years.
Williams, who is fluent in Mandarin, received the George Polk Award in 2012 for her report on Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng after he escaped house arrest and fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. She was the first reporter to reach his village – evading government security guards – where other members of his family were being harassed by the Chinese authorities.
Additionally, Williams reported on the uprisings in Egypt after the military removed former President Mohammed Morsi from office, India’s multimillion-dollar surrogacy industry and the civil war in Syria from the Turkey-Syria border. She also reported on the Maha Kumbh Mela festival in India.
Before joining CBS News, Williams was a Beijing-based Asia Correspondent for Sky News. Prior to that, she was a producer for both BBC News and Sky News. She lived in China for 12 years.
Williams has previously reported on the Japanese tsunami and nuclear disaster, and the release of Burmese Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.
Williams was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2007-2008. She has a Master of Arts in International Relations from Deakin University and a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from the Australian National University.