The Power of Finding Your Voice : Parisa Khosravi

The Power of Finding Your Voice : Parisa Khosravi

Parisa Khosravi was one of the leading international journalists at CNN where she spent many years bringing news from all over the world. She has been one of the pioneering Zarathushtis in North America in the field of TV journalism.

Ms. Khosravi served as the Senior Vice President of Global Relations for CNN Worldwide and its first ever Ambassador.  In her role as CNN Ambassador, she is responsible for leading CNN’s key international editorial relationships, coverage and securing access for CNN journalists around the world.

During an exciting career at CNN that has spanned almost three decades, Ms. Khosravi has played a vital role in the network’s award winning reporting on some of the most significant international stories of our time.  These include coverage of the first Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of apartheid in South Africa and the hotel terror attack in Mumbai, to name a few.

Ms. Khosravi’s passion and strong editorial instinct has earned her widespread recognition for her individual and collaborative efforts.  She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2008 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, recognizing her as a distinguished American and the 2005 Peabody Award for CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

She was the Keynote speaker at the 2014 North American Zoroastrian Congress in Los Angeles in December 2014.

The video below is part of a TED Talk she gave recently.

Brief Description:

At some point in our lives, most of us have silenced our own voice…Be it at home, at school, at work or in our communities. Why do we do that?
With an inspiring and emotional story, Parisa Khosravi, a veteran award winning journalist and executive, talks about the power of finding your voice. Parisa shares her personal journey about giving voice to the voiceless.

Parisa Khosravi reported for CNN from nearly every major world event in the last three decades. She and her family immigrated to the U.S. from Iran in 1979, working her way up from an entry-level position to senior vice president for Ted Turner at the world’s first 24-hour news network. Khosravi, who won numerous distinguished awards for her journalism, now owns a consulting company and speaks to audiences about a variety of topics from Iran and Cuba to women in leadership roles, journalism and team building.


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