Ben Wedeman Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Education, CNN, Israel, Accent, Salary

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Ben Wedeman Biography

Ben Wedeman is an American Emmy award-winning journalist working for CNN as a war correspondent. He joined the network in August 2009. Prior to this posting, he was based in Rome, Italy, from where he covered a sequence of Italian crises and the migrant crisis as well as the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis.

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Ben Wedeman Age

Wedeman was born on September 1, 1960, in Washington, D.C. He is 62 years old.

Ben Wedeman Height

He stands at 5 feet 7 inches tall.

Ben Wedeman Family

In 1968 Wedeman spent most of his youth in the Middle East, later relocating with his family to South Korea. Thereafter, during the Cambodian Civil War, the family moved to Bangkok and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Wedeman’s mother is Martha Jean (née Hall), a former reporter for The Washington Post”. His father, Miles G. Wedeman previously served as a devout Quaker from Pennsylvania. From January 23, 1923 ‐ October 23, 2013, he was a diplomat and civil servant. Furthermore, he was based in the Ivory Coast and Syria working for USAID.

Wedeman also has a sister called Sara Wedeman, a Senior Research Consultant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Founder/CEO/Owner at Behavioral Economics Consulting Group. Sara studied Psychology, applied at the University of Pennsylvania after graduating from Phillips Academy. In addition to her education career, she studied Sociology and Anthropology at Swarthmore College. She also studied Management Psychology at The Wharton School. In conclusion, Kyrin Dunston and Gabrielle Baugh are the cousins of Sara.

Ben Wedeman Wife

He is married to his beautiful wife Yasmine Perni. The couple has been married for a long time.

Ben Wedeman Education

and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Oriental Languages and Linguistics from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

Ben Wedeman CNN

Wedeman is a journalist working for CNN as a war correspondent. He joined the network in August 2009. Prior to this posting, he was based in Rome, Italy, from where he covered a sequence of Italian crises and the migrant crisis as well as the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of Pope Francis.

Outside of Europe CNN’s senior international correspondent Wedeman has covered the failed Turkish coup d’état in July 2016, the war against ISIS in Iraq, the Gaza war of 2014, and the military-backed overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and the civil war in Syria.

Before that he conducted CNN’s coverage of the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak when he was based in Cairo. He was the first western journalist to enter Libya briefly afterward. From there he spent many months covering the effort to bring down the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

Prior to that, Wedeman was based out of the network’s bureau in Jerusalem. During his time there, he concentrated on Palestinian affairs. During the liberation of abducted BBC journalist Alan Johnston in Gaza in July 2007, he was the first reporter to break the news. Wedeman was again the first western reporter to join Gaza from Egypt, during Israel’s late 2008-2009 offensive.

In the summer of 2006, he reported from south Lebanon. In his time here, he was the network’s chief reporter in Tyre during the war between Hezbollah and Israel.

Back in 2003, Wedeman reported on the US-led invasion of Iraq from Kurdish territory in the north of the country where he was among the leading reporters to cover the collapse of the municipality of Kirkuk. He went on to track developments in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, journeying all over the nation highlighting the myriad of hardships that would face coalition forces as they attempted to inflict hierarchy in the post-Saddam generation. Then, he was the first western journalist to question Iraqi inmates tormented by American soldiers in what was to become the notorious Abu Ghraib scandal.

Earlier in 2002, he played a major role in the network’s coverage of Operation Defensive Shield. This was during Israel’s retaliation for a sequence of bloody suicide bombings, that reoccupied the West Bank.

After the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the U.S., Wedeman covered the destruction of the Taliban in Afghanistan and was the sole Western journalist to interview, through radio and in Arabic, Al-Qaeda soldiers holed up in the mountains of Tora Bora. Shortly afterward in Karachi, Pakistan, he acquired the first interview with Marianne Pearl, the wife of abducted- and later executed – Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl.

Finally, since 1994 Wedeman has been with CNN, when he started as the network’s bureau in Amman, Jordan, as a fixer/producer/sound technician. Later in 1995, he was promoted to the Amman Bureau Chief where he was accountable not only for the network’s coverage of Jordan’s developing association with Israel following their unforgettable 1995 peace deal but also for coverage of Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Additionally, he was the only western journalist to acquire an entire interview with Udai Saddam Hussein, the infamous son of the Iraqi dictator.

Ben Wedeman Amman

Before coming to CNN, Wedeman served as a freelance print journalist based in Amman, Jordan. In this role, he covered the news in Sudan, Syria, Jordan and the Palestinian territories. He also worked in a global agricultural research center in Aleppo, Syria and as a demolition specialist for a French oil prospecting firm around Raqqa, Syria.

Ben Wedeman Awards

His reporting has been identified with a plethora of accolades.

  • In 1996, he was a member of the network’s team that received the Overseas Press Club and Edward R. Murrow award for Best TV interpretation or documentary on foreign affairs.
  • Later he went on to win an Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow award. This is a result of his coverage of the vicious civil war in Sierra Leone.
  • Murrow award for coverage of the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war.
  • Emmy and a Peabody award for coverage of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
  • Peabody for coverage of the Syrian civil war.
  • Peabody award for coverage of the Mosul offensive.

Ben Wedeman Israel

Wedeman covered a series of wars in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the Balkans, and successive Second Intifada. Wedeman was shot in the back while covering a clash between Israelis and Palestinians near the Karni border crossing between Gaza and Israel in October 2000. On the other hand, he reported on multiple crises in Iraq, and starvation and battle in Africa, including, award-winning coverage of the vicious civil war in Sierra Leone.

Ben Wedeman Accent

Wedeman is eloquent in Italian and Arabic and has working proficiency in ancient Hebrew and Egyptian. Also, he has learned Russian, Japanese and classical and modern Mongolian.

Ben Wedeman Salary

Wedeman earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $110,500.

Ben Wedeman Net Worth

Wedeman has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million.

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