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Rudi Bakhtiar Update

By RD Heldenfels Published: January 11, 2006

For all of you who have written asking about Bakhtiar, here's today's news, via a Fox News Channel release:

Rudi Bakhtiar has joined FOX News Channel (FNC) as a general correspondent, announced Bill Shine, Senior Vice President of Programming, FOX News.

In making the announcement, Shine said, “Rudi’s experience anchoring and reporting from around the world make her a great asset to Fox.  We are excited to have her on board as we enter an exciting new year.”

Bakhtiar recently served as a primetime contributor on CNN, based in New York.  During her tenure at the network, Bakhtiar held various positions, including a three year stint (2002-2005) as anchor for CNN Headline News’ nightly newscast.  Prior to that, Bakhtiar was the morning anchor on Headline News and was on air during the terrorist attacks in 2001. 

Throughout her career at CNN, Bakhtiar’s international reporting has taken her to various foreign regions including Jerusalem, South Africa, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Mali.  After joining the network’s Los Angeles bureau in 1996 as an intern, Bakhtiar later relocated to the network’s headquarters in Atlanta where she became a video journalist for CNN International.  She also served as a segment producer for CNNfn and assisted in the launch of numerous business programs on CNN International, before becoming an on-air reporter for CNN Newsroom in 1999.

A graduate of UCLA, Bakhtiar is a recipient of the 2002 Iranian American Republic Council Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding achievements, excellence and accomplishments within the Iranian American community.  That same year, Lycos named her as one of the top 20 most popular television news personalities in the broadcast industry.

(end Fox announcement)

According to the network, she will start soon but a date hasn't been set yet. Nor do I know what her first assignment is; she will be based in New York City.

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