Clarissa Ward

Clarissa Ward
CBS News
Over the past decade, award-winning CBS News foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward has covered major international stories in dozens of countries around the world. She joined CBS News in 2011 and contributes reporting to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including "60 Minutes".

In 2011, Ward went undercover in Syria, posing as a tourist, to reach opposition activists and to cover the mass demonstrations on her own. She was blindfolded by rebel leaders in the middle of the night to travel to a safe house outside Damascus where she interviewed members of the Free Syrian Army. For her next trip to Syria, she crossed the perilous border with Turkey and spent 10 days with rebels in the city of Idlib. Ward's week-long series of live reports from inside Syria marked the first time any foreign journalist was able to take viewers so deep inside the lives of ordinary Syrians in rebel-held areas.

In her first "60 Minutes" report last year, Ward and her team braved sniper-fire and aerial bombardments in the ancient city of Aleppo in one of the first reports to examine the growth of Islamic extremism within the opposition.

Her unrivaled coverage of Syria has earned Ward several prestigious honors, including two Emmy Awards, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Silver Baton, a George Foster Peabody Award, and honors from the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association.

Prior to joining CBS News, 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 the front lines in 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, where she reported on major events in the region including the execution of Saddam Hussein. She interviewed several major figures, including General David Petraeus and then 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 speaks conversational Mandarin, Arabic, Russian and Spanish. In August 2013, Ward received an honorary doctor of letters degree from Middlebury College.