Born to a British mother and Iranian father, Amanpour spent time in Iran while growing up. Her sister wanted to go to journalism school, but decided after a few days it was not for her. Amanpour went to the school to ask for the family’s money back, and when they declined she replaced her sister. Thus began, Amanpour’s trajectory to become one of the leading reporters of our time. She began working at CNN in 1983, and a report in1985 won the DuPont Award for her work on Iran, gaining her international recognition. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Emmy and Peabody Awards.