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Zain Asher is an anchor for CNN International based in New York. Currently, she holds the anchor position for the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom and frequently fills in on CNN’s prominent business programs, including Quest Means Business, The Express, and First Move with Julia Chatterley.
In addition to her anchor role, Asher is the host of Marketplace Africa, a weekly business show on CNNI that focuses on the continent’s role within global markets. Through the program, she conducts interviews with CEOs and world leaders, shedding light on Africa’s business landscape.
Asher has led CNN’s special coverage for significant events like #MyFreedomDay, a global initiative aimed at raising awareness of modern-day slavery. She has also anchored coverage of the passings of notable figures such as Fidel Castro, Muhammad Ali, and George Michael.
With a track record of reporting on impactful stories, Asher has covered major breaking news events and reported from the field. Notably, she reported on the 2014 kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria and the 2013 terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon.
Prior to her role as an anchor, Asher served as a CNN business correspondent, reporting on the stock market from the New York Stock Exchange, U.S. Federal Reserve monetary policy, and notable initial public offerings (IPOs). She also worked as a reporter for News 12 in the greater New York area and covered careers and investing for MONEY magazine.
Born and raised in London, Asher is a graduate of Oxford University, where she studied French and Spanish, achieving a distinction in oral Spanish. In 2006, she obtained an MS degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Asher is fluent in French, Spanish, and Ibo, her native Nigerian dialect.