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'This Week' Web Extra: Christiane Amanpour
ABC News Global Affairs Anchor Christiane Amanpour answers viewer questions.
Christiane Amanpour, an international correspondent for CNN and ABC News, knew Marie Colvin, a former war correspondent who grew up on Long Island—the two worked extensively to secure an exclusive interview with the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli two years ago. That was the last time Amanpour saw Colvin before she was killed in Homs, Syria, last February.
Amanpour opened the Marie Colvin Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, Feb. 5 by announcing her donation of $50,000 to the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting to a packed audience of faculty, students and community members at the Stony Brook University Student Activity Center auditorium.
I never assumed ever that because I was a woman that anything was off limits to me
Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent and ABC News global affairs anchor, said she recalls screaming out loud when she learned of Marie Colvin’s death.
Colvin, a reknowned international journalist from Oyster Bay, was killed Feb. 22, 2012 during a rocket attack amid violent conflict in Homs, Syria.
"When somebody like Marie Colvin has endured and survived for so long in the worst possible places … You just don’t think this person is destructible," Amanpour said, speaking to a crowd of students, journalists, and community members on Tuesday night at the official kickoff for the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting.
"I remember saying, ‘This is too much … the price is too high,’" Amanpour said. "We were just stunned and staggered."