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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.

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    Speaking fees for Isha Sesay, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Isha Sesay are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Isha Sesay, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
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  • Where does Isha Sesay travel from?

    Isha Sesay generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Isha Sesay’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Isha Sesay for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, 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 speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Isha Sesay or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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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 do I book Isha Sesay to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Isha Sesay for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability 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 speaking fee information and check availability for Isha Sesay or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Isha Sesay

    Speaking fees for Isha Sesay, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Isha Sesay are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Isha Sesay, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Isha Sesay speak about?

  • Where does Isha Sesay travel from?

    Isha Sesay generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Isha Sesay’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Isha Sesay for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker 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. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, 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 speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Isha Sesay or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

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 Zain Asher, Nic Robertson, Becky Anderson, Randi Kaye and Monita Rajpal. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Isha Sesay for an upcoming live or virtual 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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