Ben Wedeman Biography
Ben Wedeman is an American journalist and war correspondent. He’s CNN’s lead correspondent in Jerusalem since 2009. He joined the network in 1994, and has earned multiple Emmy Awards and Edward Murrow Awards.
Ben Wedeman Age
He was born on 1 September 1960 in Washington, D.C., United States .
Ben Wedeman Education
He attended various boarding schools in Beirut, Lebanon, Morocco, Tangier and Windsor, Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Asiatic Languages and Linguistics. He also graduated from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies with a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies.
Ben Wedeman Parents
He’s the son of Miles G. Wedeman (January 23, 1923 ‐ October 23, 2013) and Martha Jean (née Hall) Wedeman. His father was a diplomat and civil servant from Pennsylvania while his mother was a reporter for The Washington Post. His father also served in the Ivory Coast and Syria working for USAID.
Ben Wedeman Wife
He’s happily married to Yasmine Perni who is a writer and a producer.
Ben Wedeman Kids
He’s a father of three kids. The real identity of the kids is private.
Ben Wedeman CNN
Wedeman joined CNN in 1994. He became the Bureau Chief at CNN in Amman.
Between 1998 to 2006, he guided CNN’s coverage of the uprising in Cairo, Egypt, against then-President Hosni Mubarak and the broader turmoil in the Middle East. He was the first reporter to deliver the story of the July 2007 release of abducted BBC journalist Alan Johnston in Gaza.
In 2009, CNN named him the correspondent of the department. He then became a senior international correspondent at CNN, based in Rome , Italy, in November 2012. Prior to that, he was working as a correspondent at the Jerusalem office of CNN, where he covered wars between Fatah and Hamas.
Before joining CNN, he worked in Amman, Jordan, as a freelance print journalist. He covered news in Syria, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Sudan. From 1988 to 1992, he worked in the STIP department for ICARDA (International Center for Dry Areas Agricultural Research).
Ben Wedeman Awards
With his team, Wedeman won the 1996 overseas press club Edward R. Murrow Award for Best TV interpretation.
He led the team that won an Emmy award for 2000 coverage of the civil war in Sierra Leone. This coverage also earned him an Edward R. Murrow award.
His team won the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for its coverage of the 2006 Lebanon War.
In 2010, he won the Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting Award at the sixth annual International Media Awards in London.
In 2012, his team won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story President Mubarak Steps Down
Ben Wedeman Arwa Damon
CNN’s Arwa Damon and Ben Wedeman spoke to some of the families affected by the Beirut attack. The two CNN reporters were at the scene.
Ben Wedeman Net worth
His net worth is $1.7 million dollars.
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