ITV News has announced that CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Dan Rivers has been appointed as Correspondent, primarily focusing on Wales and the West of England. Rivers, who will start his new role in September, will be responsible for covering a broad range of news stories and producing special in-depth reports across the region and further afield.
The move sees Rivers returning home to the newsroom where he made his name as ITV News Crime Correspondent, breaking the story that a series of police blunders led to the mistaken shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. His report was subsequently shortlisted for a Royal Television Society Journalism Award.
In March 2003, Rivers was embedded with the Royal Navy as part of the ITV News team covering the Iraq war. From a ship in the Gulf, he was the first to cover the initial attacks on Baghdad and later, filed exclusive reports on mine sweeping operations off the coast of the country. He also covered the devastation of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, reporting from Aceh in Indonesia.
Rivers joined CNN in 2006, first in the Bangkok bureau covering South East Asia. There, his exclusive investigation on the Rohingya refugees led to an Amnesty International Media Award and prestigious George Polk Award in the US. Major stories he covered there include the Pakistan floods, the war in Afghanistan and numerous natural disasters. In 2010, Rivers moved to London to cover the UK and Western Europe. He has secured a number of exclusive interviews, including the Bali bombers prior to their executions and has covered world changing events, including the battle for Sirte and the death of Colonel Gaddafi in Libya.
Of the appointment, Deputy Editor Jonathan Munro, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Dan is returning to ITV News. He first made his name with us, and his talent was soon spotted by our friends at CNN. I’m confident that having him back on the team will strengthen our journalism even further.“
Of his return to ITV News, Dan Rivers, says: “I am delighted to be rejoining ITV News. This will be a home-coming in several ways. I spent six happy years at ITN, ending up as Crime Correspondent. I also grew up in the West Country and started my journalistic career in Cornwall, so I am excited to cover the region again.”Back to All Press Releases