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Bestselling Author; CNN's Chief National Security Correspondent & Co-Anchor of CNN Newsroom

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Jim Sciutto: Biography at a Glance

  • Jim Sciutto is CNN's chief national security correspondent and co-anchor of CNN Newsroom.
  • Sciutto reports and provides analysis across the network's programs and platforms on all aspects of U.S. national security including foreign policy, the military, the intelligence community, and the ongoing Russia investigation.
  • His NYT Bestseller, The Return of Great Powers, explores the definitive break between the post–Cold War era and an entirely new and uncertain one based on the insights he gained through multiple assignments in China, Russia, Europe, and Asia.
  • Sciutto's most recent book, The Shadow War: Inside Russia's and China's Secret Operations to Defeat America, reveals the invisible fronts that make up 21st-century warfare, from disinformation campaigns to advanced satellite weapons.
  • He has reported from throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Arctic with the U.S. military and senior U.S. leaders and played a key role in CNN's overseas coverage of the Charlie Hebdo and Paris terrorist attacks in France and the violent elections in Ukraine.
  • Sciutto's one-hour CNN special, Targeting Terror: Inside the Intelligence War, was recognized with a Headliner Award.
  • He was also awarded the George Polk Award and a citation for Excellence from the Overseas Press Club for his undercover reporting from Myanmar, and his reporting for the series Iraq: Where Things Stand was recognized with an Emmy Award for two consecutive years.

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Biography

Jim Sciutto is CNN's chief national security correspondent and co-anchor of CNN Newsroom airing Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. ET alongside Poppy Harlow.

He reports and provides analysis across the network's programs and platforms on all aspects of U.S. national security including foreign policy, the military, intelligence community, and the ongoing Russia investigation. Sciutto also serves as a fill-in anchor for several of the network's programs.

Sciutto has reported from throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Arctic with the U.S. military and senior U.S. leaders and played a key role in CNN's overseas coverage of the Charlie Hebdo and Paris terrorist attacks in France and the violent elections in the Ukraine.

Sciutto is the author of a book on the driving forces behind Islamic radicalization, Against Us: The New Face of America's Enemies in the Muslim World, and a second book on Russian and Chinese efforts to undermine the U.S., entitled The Shadow WarHis upcoming book, The Return of Great Powers, explores the definitive break between the post–Cold War era and an entirely new and uncertain one based on the insights he gained through multiple assignments in China, Russia, Europe, and Asia.

Sciutto's one-hour CNN special, Targeting Terror: Inside the Intelligence War, was recognized with a 2016 Headliner Award for documentaries and his reporting from inside Iran during the 2009 election protests earned him an Edward R. Murrow award. He was also awarded the George Polk Award and a citation for Excellence from the Overseas Press Club for his undercover reporting from Myanmar, where he bucked government restrictions to tell the stories of that country's repressive regime. Additionally, his reporting for the series Iraq: Where Things Stand was recognized with an Emmy Award for two consecutive years. 

Prior to joining CNN, Sciutto served as ABC News' senior foreign correspondent, based primarily in London and later in Washington. In his role, he reported from more than 50 countries across the globe including dozens of assignments from inside Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.

Prior to ABC News, he served as the Hong Kong-based correspondent for Asia Business News. A graduate from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in Chinese history, Sciutto began his career as the moderator and producer of a weekly public affairs talk show on PBS.

Sciutto has also served as chief of staff and senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke.

Along with CNN colleagues Jake Tapper, Carl Bernstein and Evan Perez, Sciutto was awarded the White House Correspondence Association's Merriman Smith Award in the broadcast category for their January 2017 report on how the intelligence community believed Russia had compromising information on then President-elect Trump.

Jim is married to Gloria Riviera-Sciutto, Washington Correspondent for ABC News.

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What Keeps US Spies Up at Night: America’s (and the World’s) Five Biggest National Security Threatsarrow-down

Experienced national security officials warn that they have never seen the range and severity of national security crises they’re witnessing today. The United States and the West face an ever-growing and daunting slate of foreign policy challenges: a nuclear North Korea as well as nuclear advancement in Iran and the Gulf; an increasingly aggressive China and Russia; instability and division in Europe and the need to address global concerns such as climate change, cybersecurity, and the advance of new technologies including artificial intelligence and space weapons.

CNN Chief National Security Correspondent and Anchor Jim Sciutto gives a global overview of risks and opportunities to be on the lookout for in the upcoming year. This tour around the world is very effective for business audiences investing worldwide. As a foreign correspondent based in Europe, the Middle East and Asia for more than two decades, the former chief of staff to the U.S. Ambassador to China, and now covering national security for CNN, Sciutto provides a unique, on-the-ground perspective from each crisis zone around the globe and far beyond the news desk.

The Shadow Wararrow-down

Jim Sciutto, CNN Anchor and Chief National Security Correspondent, reveals the invisible fronts of a twenty-first century war underway on the US and takes audiences right to the frontlines of battles being waged—often without the public’s full knowledge—from cyber attacks to disinformation campaigns to ground invasions in Europe to war in space.

The United States is currently under attack from multiple adversaries—yet most Americans have no idea of the dangers threatening us. In this eye-opening presentation based on his book, Sciutto traces the expanding web of attacks that together amount to an undeclared but deeply dangerous war on America. America is engaged in a Shadow War on multiple fronts, with multiple enemies, principally Russia and China, whose aim is to weaken and overcome the United States and the global system it has built and defended since the end of World War Two. But unlike conventional warfare, these conflicts are conducted in the shadows, with no formal declaration. In fact, The Shadow War is designed explicitly to remain below the threshold of a shooting war with the US.

Sciutto takes audiences on the ground to several fronts of this war - from a spy plane over the South China Sea to a nuclear submarine under the Arctic to the battlefields of Eastern Ukraine, inside Russia’s 2016 election interference and China’s ongoing theft of US secrets right up into space, where Russia and China are deploying space weapons – all skirmishes in a new and much larger superpower war.

But America is adapting and fighting back. In The Shadow War, Sciutto introduces the dizzying array of soldiers, sailors, submariners and their commanders, space engineers, computer scientists, and civilians who are on the front lines of this new kind of forever war. Understand how these countries and governments, particularly Russia and China, are conducting these attacks, creating national security, business risks and risks to America’s democracy.

The US-China Trade Wararrow-down

The US-China trade war has upended the world’s most crucial economic relationship and threatened to send the world economy into recession. For two years, Jim Sciutto was at the center of the US-China trade dispute while Chief of Staff to the US Ambassador to China and in the years since then, covering the broader relationship as Chief National Security Correspondent and Anchor for CNN, including multiple assignments in China and interviews with US and Chinese officials. At the core are differences that each country sees as essential to its economic health and national security – differences that are therefore difficult to impossible to resolve without concessions that both countries are loth to make. In addition, domestic political pressure in both countries prevent US and Chinese leaders from being perceived as caving to pressure from the other side. The combination makes progress on a wide-ranging deal difficult, with enormous implications for the US, China and the world.

Jim deftly managed the conversation and was so credible in what he added from his own experience/reporting. This if the first time I can recall where we had multiple audience questions directed specifically to the moderator. I think that indicates the value he brought to the discussion.

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