Meet Clarissa Ward's husband, Philipp von Bernstorff

Jane Corscadden February 2, 2022
Meet Clarissa Ward's husband, Philipp von Bernstorff
Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Apple


Who is Clarissa Ward’s husband? The journalist is making headlines again after reporting from eastern Ukraine on the mounting tensions perceived on the country’s Russian border. Of course, this has sparked a surge of curiosity, with many looking to find out more about Ward’s life.

Here’s what we know.

Meet Clarissa Ward’s husband

Clarissa Ward is married to Philipp von Bernstorff, and the couple live in London. They have a son, Ezra Albrecht Nikolas Nour, who was born on 2 March 2018.

Philipp von Bernstorff is a businessman and German Count, and the couple married in November 2016 at London’s Chelsea Old Town Hall.

The pair first met at a dinner party in Moscow, Russia, in 2007. At the time, Von Bernstorff reportedly told Ward “I think war correspondents are egomaniacs.” Ouch!

The couple have been inseparable ever since.

Get to know CNN’s Clarissa Ward

Journalist Clarissa Ward is the chief international correspondent for CNN in London.

Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for Women in Media Foundation

She was born in 1980 in London and spent her childhood between London and New York. She attended Yale University, and began her career in journalism at Fox News in 2003.

After Fox News, she was an ABC News correspondent based in Moscow, where she met her husband, Philipp Von Bernstorff.

She was then a CBS News Foreign Correspondent from 2011 to 2015, when she moved to CNN.

Ward’s role in the Alexei Navalny case and more

Clarissa Ward is currently reporting from eastern Ukraine, where mounting tension is being felt on the country’s Russian border. While Western analysts’ opinions are split on the possibility of open conflict, Ward tells a different story from on the ground.

According to an interview with Stephen Colbert on last night’s episode of The Late Show (1 February), the Ukrainian locals in the area “aren’t panicking”. Instead, she explains, they don’t believe an invasion from Russia could happen and consider the possibility as belonging to the realm of “politics”.

Last April, Ward made headlines as she reported on the Alexei Navalny poisoning investigation. On 20 August, Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was rushed to hospital in critical condition after exhibiting symptoms of poisoning with a nerve agent.

After Navalny was transferred to the Charité hospital in Berlin, an investigation carried out by the German government claimed there was “unequivocal evidence” that the Russian opposition figure had been targeted by a Novichok agent. This finding, corroborated by labs in France and Sweden, prompted a call for answers from Moscow.

Now, a CNN video has surfaced of journalist Clarissa Ward confronting a key suspect in the investigation.

The man she is doorstepping is called Oleg Tayakin, and is one of the men accused of poisoning Navalny in August. This development follows from CNN’s investigation into the incident.

Have something to tell us about this article?
Let us know
Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in news, culture and politics. She studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast before completing a Journalism MA at the University of Ulster. Always trawling social media and keeping up to date with the latest trends and crazes, her main interest lies in digital culture and internet trends.