The New York Times posted an quick interview with Christiane Amanpour including 34 questions about her life and work. Click here for the article and more pictures. Here's an excerpt:
Current Project: "Amanpour," a weekly program on CNN that investigates international news stories.
1. Most Amiable Dictator: Slobodan Milosevic. He would slap you on the back, offer you a drink. He tried to be charming. But many of them do. You have to be on your guard.
2. Worst of War-Zone Living: Frivolously trying to keep clean and keep a sense of personal dignity amid massive deprivation.
3. Pleasure in War Reporting: A lot of people say that what gets war correspondents off is the danger; I get more joy in having beaten those who would destroy. Also, feeling part of a small community of people who are going through what we are going through and doing something worthwhile.
4. Fan Mail: People send me beautiful things from around the world. I’m looking right now at a little mother-of-pearl-engraved penholder. It says, “CNN Christiane Amanpour.” It must have come from Iran, because it has a symbol of Zoroastrianism on it.
5. Morning Routine: I don’t sleep well, but I finally get out of bed at 7 a.m. In one hour I get my son and myself up and ready. I listen to NPR, and I keep turning it on and off, depending on what is appropriate for my son. I walk out the door at 8 a.m.
6. Packing for Work: I take the bare necessities. I have developed my own everyday uniform, which makes it easier for me to get up and get to work. In Bosnia, I wore the same parka. It was olive green with a fake-fur hood, and I became known for it.
7. Always on Her: Gold bracelets, bangles from Iran and other parts of the Middle East.
8. Talent She Covets: I wish I was really funny and much quicker.
9. Favorite Place in the Apartment: The dining room, because it has a great view and it gets a huge amount of sun.
10. Hobby: Horse riding. One of my early mentors was my riding teacher in Iran. He was a former Iranian Army colonel. I learned to ride competitively. I raced in Iran. It gave me the physical stamina and courage I need to do my work.
11. Favorite Riding Item: My hard hat. My husband kitted me out for riding a few years ago. For a while, I didn’t have the right gear. Now I do. It’s great.
12. Favorite Item in the Apartment: A massive painting that I got in Iran, a few years ago, by Farideh Lashai, a friend who is also Iran’s pre-eminent abstract-expressionist painter. It gives me joy every time I walk in my door.
13. Old Item She Can’t Throw Out: My current laptop, which is a 2005 Sony Vaio. I am slow to change technologically.
14. How She Tells Her Son She’s Going to War: I didn’t tell him when he was little. I just said, “Mommy is going to work.” It gets more difficult as he gets older. He’s 9 now, but I never let him watch television news, so he isn’t aware of all the implications.