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Isha Sesay

British Journalist; Former Anchor for CNN International & HLN; Founder of Women Everywhere Can Lead

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Isha Sesay is a former anchor and correspondent for CNN, having appeared on programs across CNN International and CNN/U.S. She also founded W.E. (Women Everywhere) Can Lead, a non-profit working to nurture and encourage teenage girls to become the next generation of leaders.

On CNN International Sesay anchored "CNN NewsCenter," a half-hour weekday news program that takes viewers through the day’s big stories of global importance. She also hosted "BackStory," the weekly program that goes behind the scenes of CNN’s global newsgathering operation and often files reports for "African Voices."

She also provided news updates for the 2000ET edition of "Anderson Cooper 360°," which is broadcast around the world on CNNI.

A seasoned journalist, Sesay has covered numerous breaking news and world news events. Having covered the 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver, Colorado, she traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, to report from the 2012 DNC as part of CNNI’s coverage of the U.S. presidential race. In 2012 she also led CNNI’s coverage of the United Nations General Assembly from New York, securing interviews with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

Sesay is currently putting the finishing touches on her first book, which details the mass abduction of the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by the Boko Haram terror group in 2014. Their plight generated countless headlines around the world and the hashtag, #BringBackOurgirls. Harper Collins will publish the as-yet unnamed title, next year.

In 2011, she played an integral role in CNN/U.S. and CNNI’s joint coverage of major global news events including the protests in Egypt, Japan’s nuclear reactor crisis, the fall of Tripoli, the trial of Amanda Knox and the royal wedding live from London.

In 2010, Sesay covered the World Cup from Johannesburg, South Africa, capturing the global impact of the month-long event. Later in the year Sesay headed to Nigeria for CNN’s iList series. She reported from the country’s capital, Abuja, for a special week of coverage and landed an exclusive interview with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

Other major stories include Zimbabwe’s disputed 2008 election; the Russia-Georgia conflict; the assassination of Benazir Bhutto; the kidnapping of British toddler Margaret Hill in the Niger Delta; the death of Slobodan Milosevic; Liberia’s historic election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; the hospitalization of Ariel Sharon; the foiled transatlantic plane bomb plot; the Israeli-Hezbollah war; the arrest of John Mark Karr in connection with the death of Jon Benet Ramsey, and the Live Earth concert in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Complementing her role as anchor and correspondent, Sesay reprised her role as co-host of the 2012 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards, the premier accolade for excellent journalism across the continent. She first co-hosted the annual event in 2009 from Durban, South Africa - a year that attracted entries from 836 journalists from 38 African countries - and has since traveled to Uganda and Zambia to host the ceremony.

As part of her anchoring and reporting duties, Sesay has interviewed a number of world leaders including Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga; President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal; President Lech Kaczynski of Poland; Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone.

She has also interviewed a host of newsmakers including David Beckham, Bill Gates, Bono, Richard Branson, supermodel Alek Wek, Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek and the Daily Beast Tina Brown, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, recording artist Akon, and actors Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman and Djimon Hounsou.

While on assignment in South Africa in 2007, she covered the launch of "The Elders"- an initiative founded by Nelson Mandela to tackle the world’s intractable problems. Sesay also travelled to Nigeria to cover the country’s historic presidential elections in April 2007. While there, she conducted one-on-one interviews with both the outgoing president Olusegun Obasanjo, and incoming president, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

Sesay joined CNN in November 2005 from the UK broadcaster ITN, where she anchored ITV’s Early Morning News program, as well news bulletins for the UK’s most watched breakfast program GMTV.

Prior to this, she spent more than three years presenting Good Morning Sports Fans for Sky Sports. From 1998-2001, Sesay presented a wide range of programs across the BBC networks.

A Briton of Sierra Leonean parentage, she holds a BA honors English degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University.

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    Booking fees for Isha Sesay, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Isha Sesay, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
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Isha Sesay

British Journalist; Former Anchor for CNN International & HLN; Founder of Women Everywhere Can Lead

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Isha Sesay Biography

Isha Sesay is a former anchor and correspondent for CNN, having appeared on programs across CNN International and CNN/U.S. She also founded W.E. (Women Everywhere) Can Lead, a non-profit working to nurture and encourage teenage girls to become the next generation of leaders.

On CNN International Sesay anchored "CNN NewsCenter," a half-hour weekday news program that takes viewers through the day’s big stories of global importance. She also hosted "BackStory," the weekly program that goes behind the scenes of CNN’s global newsgathering operation and often files reports for "African Voices."

She also provided news updates for the 2000ET edition of "Anderson Cooper 360°," which is broadcast around the world on CNNI.

A seasoned journalist, Sesay has covered numerous breaking news and world news events. Having covered the 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver, Colorado, she traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, to report from the 2012 DNC as part of CNNI’s coverage of the U.S. presidential race. In 2012 she also led CNNI’s coverage of the United Nations General Assembly from New York, securing interviews with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Organization of Islamic Cooperation Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

Sesay is currently putting the finishing touches on her first book, which details the mass abduction of the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by the Boko Haram terror group in 2014. Their plight generated countless headlines around the world and the hashtag, #BringBackOurgirls. Harper Collins will publish the as-yet unnamed title, next year.

In 2011, she played an integral role in CNN/U.S. and CNNI’s joint coverage of major global news events including the protests in Egypt, Japan’s nuclear reactor crisis, the fall of Tripoli, the trial of Amanda Knox and the royal wedding live from London.

In 2010, Sesay covered the World Cup from Johannesburg, South Africa, capturing the global impact of the month-long event. Later in the year Sesay headed to Nigeria for CNN’s iList series. She reported from the country’s capital, Abuja, for a special week of coverage and landed an exclusive interview with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

Other major stories include Zimbabwe’s disputed 2008 election; the Russia-Georgia conflict; the assassination of Benazir Bhutto; the kidnapping of British toddler Margaret Hill in the Niger Delta; the death of Slobodan Milosevic; Liberia’s historic election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; the hospitalization of Ariel Sharon; the foiled transatlantic plane bomb plot; the Israeli-Hezbollah war; the arrest of John Mark Karr in connection with the death of Jon Benet Ramsey, and the Live Earth concert in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Complementing her role as anchor and correspondent, Sesay reprised her role as co-host of the 2012 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards, the premier accolade for excellent journalism across the continent. She first co-hosted the annual event in 2009 from Durban, South Africa - a year that attracted entries from 836 journalists from 38 African countries - and has since traveled to Uganda and Zambia to host the ceremony.

As part of her anchoring and reporting duties, Sesay has interviewed a number of world leaders including Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga; President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal; President Lech Kaczynski of Poland; Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf; and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone.

She has also interviewed a host of newsmakers including David Beckham, Bill Gates, Bono, Richard Branson, supermodel Alek Wek, Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek and the Daily Beast Tina Brown, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, recording artist Akon, and actors Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman and Djimon Hounsou.

While on assignment in South Africa in 2007, she covered the launch of "The Elders"- an initiative founded by Nelson Mandela to tackle the world’s intractable problems. Sesay also travelled to Nigeria to cover the country’s historic presidential elections in April 2007. While there, she conducted one-on-one interviews with both the outgoing president Olusegun Obasanjo, and incoming president, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

Sesay joined CNN in November 2005 from the UK broadcaster ITN, where she anchored ITV’s Early Morning News program, as well news bulletins for the UK’s most watched breakfast program GMTV.

Prior to this, she spent more than three years presenting Good Morning Sports Fans for Sky Sports. From 1998-2001, Sesay presented a wide range of programs across the BBC networks.

A Briton of Sierra Leonean parentage, she holds a BA honors English degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University.

Isha Sesay Videos

  • ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits - Isha Sesay
    No need to be sleepless. Catch up on the happenings of ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle!
  • Anderson Cooper and Isha Sesay
    Anderson Cooper interviews W.E. Can Lead Founder and CNN Anchor Isha Sesay about her new foundation and her efforts to develop leaders in Sierra...
  • Wow, Isha Sesay is BUSY!
    Spending a day with HLN's Isha Sesay is a great way to show you how NOT to avoid stress! In addition to her new gig at HLN, Isha provides the news...

FAQs on booking Isha Sesay

  • How to book Isha Sesay?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Isha Sesay for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Isha Sesay, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Isha Sesay or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Isha Sesay?

    Booking fees for Isha Sesay, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Isha Sesay, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Isha Sesay?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Isha Sesay for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Isha Sesay for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Isha Sesay or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Isha Sesay or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Isha Sesay is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Isha Sesay for your event is available upon request. Isha Sesay generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Becky Anderson, Randi Kaye, Leslie Dodson, Anderson Cooper and Lindsey Hilsum. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Isha Sesay for an upcoming event.

Isha Sesay Speaker Videos

  • ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits - Isha Sesay
    No need to be sleepless. Catch up on the happenings of ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Seattle!
    Anderson Cooper and Isha Sesay
    Anderson Cooper interviews W.E. Can Lead Founder and CNN Anchor Isha Sesay about her new foundation and her efforts to develop leaders in Sierra Leone and across the continent of Africa.
  • Wow, Isha Sesay is BUSY!
    Spending a day with HLN's Isha Sesay is a great way to show you how NOT to avoid stress! In addition to her new gig at HLN, Isha provides the news updates for Anderson Cooper 360, anchors two other...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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