Laila Harrak joins CNN International

Press release | CNN

Laila Harrak joins CNN International as an anchor at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta. She will host the European morning editions of “CNN Newsroom” on Saturday and Sunday as well as weekday news programs.

Harrak comes to CNN International from German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, where she spent nine years as an anchor for the Berlin-based network’s global news broadcasts. More recently, she played a central role in her extensive coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, interviewing policymakers, activists and humanitarians while also focusing on Germany’s response to the war.

Prior to joining Deutsche Welle, Harrak spent 10 years with The Associated Press, covering the European Union, NATO, war crimes tribunals in The Hague and major stories in the Middle East, East Africa. West and Kosovo.

She began her career in 2001 as an intern for CNN in New York before joining the Associated Press bureau in Paris.

Harrak studied American Studies at the University of Amsterdam and English at Leiden University. She also attended the School of Journalism at New York University and the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies at Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia in Italy under the EU Erasmus program.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Harrak spent part of her childhood in Tangier, Morocco. She speaks English, Dutch, Arabic, French, German and conversational Italian.