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Here's how much CNN's Clarissa Ward earns for her world-class reporting

Shania Wilson February 24, 2022
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Multi award-winning chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward has flown to Ukraine to report amid the growing conflict with Russia.

The journalist has been reporting from conflict zones and front lines across the world for more than 15 years to deliver world-class journalism.

From Afghanistan to Yemen and Ukraine to Syria, Clarissa Ward has seen it all – but how much is she paid to undertake such a dangerous job?

We break down Ward’s estimated salary and net worth.

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Clarissa Ward is reporting from Ukraine

CNN’s Clarissa Ward has flown to Ukraine to report the latest updates as the story develops surrounding Russia’s invasion. The British-American journalist is no stranger to conflict and war zones, however, and has been traveling across the world for more than 15 years.

Ward reported from Afghanistan in the weeks leading up to the fall of Kabul, and also covered the US and Iran crisis in early 2020.

Her journalism is highly respected and, as a result, Clarissa has won a wealth of awards such as 2019 Reporter/Correspondent Of The Year and the Ted Sorensen Award from Network 20/20.

With all her life experience and thanks to her daring career, Ward wrote a book entitled On All Fronts: The Education Of A Journalist, which details the highs and lows of reporting from war zones.

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Clarissa Ward’s salary estimated

With an estimated net worth of $1 million, as per, Clarissa Ward is expected to bring in quite a salary from her award-winning work.

According to ABTC, the reporter earns anywhere upwards of $100,000 a year. Fact Files suggests Ward’s salary could even go beyond the $200,000 mark, which is highly likely given CNN’s Christiane Amanpour has a salary of $5 million, as per Celebrity Net Worth.

These annual earnings are pretty big but don’t compare to the estimated net worth of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. According to, Anderson Cooper is the richest anchor on CNN, boasting a net worth of $200 million.

Comparably reports the average salary at CNN is $126,371 but, of course, this will vary from role to role.

Award-winning journalist’s career explored

Clarissa Ward’s journalistic career took off in 2002 when she joined CNN’s Moscow bureau as an intern after graduating from Yale University. The reporter has been based in a number of cities since then, including Beijing, Moscow, New York and London.

From there, Ward went on to join Fox News Channel, ABC News and CBS News until, in 2015, she joined CNN.

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Shania is a Magazine Journalism graduate from the University of Derby. Her main passion is rooted in print journalism, however, she also branches out towards social media and is also interested in public relations. Outside of writing, Shania enjoys using social media, reading, and drinking coffee.