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Elizabeth Palmer

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Elizabeth Palmer

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Elizabeth Palmer is CBS News' senior foreign correspondent based in London. 

Palmer has been a CBS News correspondent since August 2000. She has been based in London since late 2003, after having previously been based in Moscow (2000-03). Palmer has spent much of the last 18 years covering the conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Her reporting is featured across all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including the "CBS Evening News," "CBS This Morning" and CBSN, CBS News' 24/7 streaming news service.

In 2018, she won the Alfred I duPont-Columbia University Award for her reporting on the siege of Aleppo in Syria.

She was also one of the first U.S. correspondents to helicopter into Afghanistan after 9/11.

Palmer has also reported on and in Iran consistently for the past decade and is one of the very few foreign journalists to have visited Iran's nuclear installations.

In 2017, Palmer also managed to corner Vladimir Putin in his ice hockey uniform, rink-side at a Russian arena to ask what the Russian President thought of President Donald Trumps's firing of former FBI director James Comey. 

Before joining CBS News, Palmer was bureau chief and senior correspondent in Moscow for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, reporting in both English and French (1997-2000). She was senior correspondent for the organization's Latin American bureau in Mexico City (1994-97).

Over the years, Palmer has covered everything from the oil industry to sports.  She was a staff journalist on the CBC's business affairs show "Venture," and was a special correspondent for the Canadian network at the Seoul and Calgary Olympics in 1988. She spent the 1990s travelling extensively, first in Latin America and then in Russia and Central Asia where she covered the crash of the ruble, and the Chechen war.

When she has time, Palmer loves reporting on the arts. In a report for "CBS Sunday Morning" in 2015, Palmer featured the world champion body painting artist who disguised herself – on camera - as a bunch of bananas.  This year, Palmer was granted access to the studio of the legendary painter Anselm Kiefer and interviewed him as he poured boiling lead onto giant canvases.

She has also contributed to the "Columbia Journalism Review" and Canada's "The Globe and Mail" and has filed reports and analysis for PBS and National Public Radio.

Palmer received the 1994 Science Writers of Canada Award for Best Television Documentary, the 1995 New York Television and Radio Award for Best News Feature and the 2005 Sigma Delta Chi Award for her coverage of the Beslan school hostage siege in Russia.

Palmer is British born, but her family immigrated to Canada when she was a child. She graduated with honors from the University of British Columbia in 1976 with a bachelor of arts in English. She did post-graduate work at the Centre for Journalism Studies, University College in Cardiff. Palmer has two children, and she credits her brave and patient husband for keeping the home fires burning brightly during the long weeks and months she has spent away -- often in war zones.