Arwa Jabiri Damon is a multi-award winning senior international correspondent based in CNN's Istanbul bureau. As one of the network's Middle East specialists, Damon frequently reports from conflict zones across the Middle East and North Africa region, often focusing her work on humanitarian stories. She began her career in the networks Baghdad bureau in 2003, and remained there through 2010, including the battle for Fallujah, and the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein. She has also extensively covered the Arab Spring, the ongoing war in Syria, and the rise and battles against ISIS.
In 2015 Damon launched a non-profit organization, International Network for Aid, Relief, and Assistance (INARA), based on her personal experience in war zones and war-torn nations. INARA focuses on building a network of logistical support and medical care to help children who have fallen through the cracks of pre-existing medical care and need lifesaving or life altering medical treatment.
Damon graduated with honors from Skidmore College in New York with a double major in French and Biology and a minor in International affairs. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts but spent most of her childhood in Morocco and Turkey.
She is fluent in Arabic, French and Turkish.