Australian news presenter Rosemary Church will join CNN International (CNNI) in June as an anchor based in the network's Atlanta headquarters, it was announced today by Rena Golden, vice president, CNNI.
"Rosemary is a brilliant journalist, and she will make a welcome addition to CNN International's multi-cultural team of anchors," says Golden. "Hiring high-caliber, international journalists is integral to the network's commitment to creating programming which is globally-focused and sensitive to the world's diverse regions and cultures."
Church will join CNNI after working for seven years with Australia's ABC TV. She currently presents the main evening news for ABC from Darwin as well as the international evening news bulletin for the regional satellite network Australian Television. She started at ABC TV in 1991 as a reporter and presenter for the main evening news in Tasmania, where she also anchored a summer edition of ABC's "World at Noon" programme. In 1993, she moved to ABC TV Darwin as a senior presenter, and has since travelled extensively through Asia, reporting for daily news bulletins and ABC's "Foreign Correspondent" programme.
Prior to ABC TV, Church worked as a journalist in Australia's Department of Social Security, and spent five years in Parliament House, Canberra, with the National Media Liaison Service. During this time, she also worked weekends on Channel Ten's news service and was a back-up presenter on weeknights. In 1984, she worked as a media officer and speechwriter for a Member of Federal Parliament.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Church has lived in England and various parts of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Australian National University and a post-graduate degree in media and law.
CNNI is the world's only global, 24-hour news network, offering comprehensive news coverage from the CNN News Group's 36 worldwide bureaus. Programmed specifically to provide international news with a regional perspective, CNNI transmits four separate feeds that broadcast to the Asia Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Latin America and the United States. Combined, CNN/U.S. and CNNI can be seen in more than 200 million television households in 210 countries and territories worldwide via a network of 23 satellites.