Ben Wedeman

Journalist, Correspondent (1960)
Fri Sep 04 2020
By   Selena

Ben Wedeman is a multi Emmy Award-winning and Murrow Awards American journalist and war correspondent. Since November 2012, he has been working as a CNN senior international correspondent based in Rome, Italy. But he is affiliated with the network since 1994.

He was born on September 1, 1960, in Washington, D.C., United States as Benjamin C. Wedeman. His dad Miles G. Wedeman(died on October 23, 2013), was a civil servant and mother, Martha Jean Hall Wedeman, was a reporter for The Washington Post. So far, he holds American citizenship and is of white ethnicity. 

Education Background

After moving in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, Cambodia with his family, Ben studied various boarding schools in Tangier, Morocco, Beirut, Lebanon, and Windsor, Connecticut. 

Wedeman completes his graduation from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in Linguistics and Asiatic Languages. After, he attended the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies where he got a master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies.

Who is Ben Wedeman's Wife?

Sixty years old, Ben Wedeman is a happily married man. Currently, he shares a healthy and strong marital relationship with his long term wife, Yasmine Perni.

Ben Wedeman Is Happily Married To Wife, Yasmine Perni
Image: Ben Wedeman's Cute Moment During Live Shot
Source: CNN

But most of the other reporters, Wedeman has remained tight-lipped when it comes to exposing his married life to the online tabloids. So at the moment, the exact date of their wedding is still unknown to the press.

From their successful matrimony, Ben and his supportive wife, Yasmine are blessed and proud parents of three children. However, their kids' real identity remains private. 

Net Worth and Earnings of Ben Wedeman

As an experienced journalist, Ben is expected to make a bulk amount. As of early 2020, his net worth is estimated more than $1 Million, which is alike to Jeff Zeleny and Jeff Zeleny. Well, he has been working in the broadcasting field for nearly three decades. 

Similarly, CNN correspondents earn a salary of about $58,432 per annum. Hence serving as a senior correspondent since 1994, Wedeman's payroll is assumed to be around $90000. Nevertheless, he became the first reporter in Baghdad and last one for CNN’s notable coverage of Iraq.

He is Now Associated With CNN

Yes, Wedeman has been working with CNN since 1994 by starting working as a local Jordanian employee. Then he eventually became the Bureau Chief at CNN in Amman.

CNN Correspondent, Ben Wedeman Was Hited By Rubber Bullet During Funeral Procession in Shuafat Back In 2014
Caption: CNN Correspondent, Ben Wedeman Was Hited By Rubber Bullet During Funeral Procession in Shuafat Back In 2014
Source: CNN

Between 1998 to 2006, Ben guided CNN's coverage of the uprising in Cairo, Egypt, against then-President Hosni Mubarak and the broader turmoil in the Middle East. He was the first reporter to deliver the story of the July 2007 release of abducted BBC journalist Alan Johnston in Gaza.

In 2009, CNN named him as the correspondent for that department. He then became a senior international correspondent at CNN, based in Rome , Italy, in November 2012. Prior to that, he was also working as a correspondent at the Jerusalem office of CNN, where he covered wars between Fatah and Hamas.

Ben Wedeman's Reporting the Arab Spring In 2011 at CNN
Photo: Ben Wedeman's Reporting the Arab Spring In 2011 at CNN

Before joining CNN, Ben has worked in Amman, Jordan, as a freelance print journalist. He covered news in Syria, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Sudan while working at  there. From 1988 to 1992, he worked in the STIP department for ICARDA (International Center for Dry Areas Agricultural Research).

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