Christiane Amanpour

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ON THE SPOT: In July, Amanpour reported on the escalating conflict from the Israeli-Lebanese border

It may be thought a little odd to call someone a hero who thoroughly loves what she does and has attained wealth and worldwide fame doing it. But Christiane Amanpour, cnn's chief international correspondent, still meets many of the traditional definitions. She repeatedly puts herself in danger. She afflicts the comfortable and comforts the afflicted. And she is passionately committed to a cause — in her case, the idea that seriously reporting the world's hard stories is essential to improving it.

Her throaty baritone, her elegant (but not quite placeable) accent, her gravity, all make...

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