Foreign Affairs Journalist

Elise Labott is a journalist covering foreign policy and international affairs, most recently as CNN’s global affairs correspondent. She has reported from more than 80 countries, interviewing seven Secretaries of State and many world leaders. Labott has covered every major global event over the last two decades: including the Camp David peace talks of 2000, 9/11 terrorist attacks, Arab Spring, conflicts in Syria, Israel and Ukraine and the rise of ISIS. She has traveled throughout the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan and reported from the demilitarized zone on tensions with North Korea. Earlier this year, Labott traveled to Israel and Turkey with National Security Adviser John Bolton for Politico. She also traveled to the Olympics in Korea with Vice President Mike Pence and Africa with Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Labott covered the UN for ABC News and has written for Agence France-Presse and other publications. She is a Vital Voices global ambassador and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s from the New School for Social Research.