Nima Elbagir Bio, Age, Parents, Husband, Kid, CNN, Net Worth

Nima Elbagir

Nima Elbagir Biography

Nima Elbagir is a media personality serving as a senior international correspondent for CNN based in London. She joined the network in 2011. Previously, she was a correspondent based in Johannesburg before moving to the network’s Nairobi bureau and later London.

Nima Elbagir Age

Elbagir is around 43 years old, she was born in July 1978 in Sudan.

Nima Elbagir Height

She is 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Nima Elbagir Nationality

Elbagir is a Sudanese national.

Nima Elbagir Education

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy from The London School of Economics. She is also fluent in Arabic and English.

Nima Elbagir Parents

Her parents are Ahmed Abdullah Elbagir and Ibtisam Affan. Ahmed was a journalist, an opposition politician and the founder of Sudan’s al-Khartoum newspaper. He was jailed for three years before Nima was born and released when his health deteriorated with asthma. On the other hand, Affan was the first publisher in Sudan. She was also the publisher of Sudan’s al-Khartoum newspaper. The family later fled to Britain when Elbagir was two years and returned to Sudan when she was eight years.

Nima Elbagir Siblings

Elbagir has three siblings, Yousra Elbagir, Safia Elbagir and a brother whose name is unknown. Yousra works in Khartoum, Sudan as a writer for the Guardian, CNN Africa and Reuters Africa. She is also a content manager for their family production company, Elephant Media. She studied Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. Her other sister, Safia is a doctor while her brother used to run their printing press company before evolving the family trade into new media by founding Elephant Media.

Nima Elbagir Husband

Elbagir is married to Mark, a Brit. The couple met several years back in Sudan. Despite their effort to keep their marriage out of the limelight, Nima could not help it anymore. In 2018 while she was receiving an award for Excellence in International Reporting, she praised her husband for being supportive.

“I have to thank my wonderful husband Mark. So many people have been coming up to our table just to check he’s real, because it is so rare that he and I are actually in the same place at the same time. To be completely honest, I am probably not the best wife. I feel like a bit of a bad feminist admitting that, but I’m probably not the best wife. I’m sure that poor Mark is really not the envy of many people, because I’m pretty sure there aren’t many boys or girls who grow up dreaming of marrying someone who leaves unpacked, messy piles of clothing while she’s away and then is permanently exhausted when she’s back.”

Nima Elbagir Kid

She has a son called Ali.

Nima Elbagir CNN

Elbagir is a senior international correspondent for CNN based in London. She joined CNN in 2011 as a Johannesburg based correspondent before moving to the network’s Nairobi bureau and later London.

In 2018, Elbagir investigated the use of child labor in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also reported from Sudan on the case of Noura Hussein, the Sudanese teenager who was sentenced to death for killing her rapist husband. Following CNN’s exclusive reporting of Hussein’s first-hand account, a Sudanese court overturned her death sentence after accepting Hussein’s version of events.

In 2017, Elbagir traveled to Libya with producer Raja Razek and photojournalist Alex Platt to investigate reports of African migrants being sold at slave auctions. Carrying concealed cameras into a property outside the capital of Tripoli, Elbagir and Razek witnessed a dozen African migrants auctioned off some for as little as $400 in less than 10 minutes. The report was instrumental in the passage of unprecedented United Nations sanctions against six men identified as traffickers by the U.N. Libya Sanctions Committee in June 2018.

Elbagir also filed several exclusive reports on the story of Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death for committing apostasy, interviewing Ibrahim’s estranged family and her terrified husband. Her work on this story brought the attention of the world to Ibrahim’s plight, helping to generate the political pressure which eventually led the Sudanese government to grant her a reprieve.


As a freelancer for CNN, she covered the escalating violence against women in the Congo; Nigeria’s 50th anniversary of independence; the South Sudanese Referendum; and CNN’s coverage of the Hajj.

Before joining CNN, Elbagir worked in various capacities for the UK’s Channel 4 for a number of years starting in 2005: She freelanced from Kabul for Channel 4 News; reported for the “Unreported World” documentary strand; and both reported and presented for Channel 4 News and More4 News.

Elbagir began her journalism career as a stringer with Reuters in 2002 reporting from Sudan, and one of the first to provide footage from inside Darfur; while also filing material for the Economist, the FT and Radio France International. She stayed on with Reuters as a London-based Graduate Trainee through to 2005.

Nima Elbagir Yemen

She traveled to Yemen to continue her ‘Made in America’ investigation into the use and transferring of American-made weapons from the Saudi-led coalition to al Qaeda-linked groups and other hardline militias in Yemen. It followed her August 2018 report which confirmed the bomb that killed 40 children on a school bus in Yemen was made in the US.

Nima Elbagir Awards

Elbagir was named the 2020 Royal Television Society ‘Television Journalist of the Year’ and received the prestigious 2019 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award in the Investigative category for her reporting on human rights abuses, with the jurors citing her “fearless reporting across Africa, from a modern day slave market in Libya, to child labor in Congo, and a smuggler’s network in Nigeria, documented rarely seen exploitation and corruption.”

The International Women’s Media Foundation named her a recipient of the 2018 Courage in Journalism Award, joining an elite group of female journalists who have been recognized for reporting from some of the world’s most dangerous regions. She also received the 2018 International Center for Journalist’s Excellence in International Reporting Award for her work.

Elbagir’s shocking report from Libya, which sparked a global outcry, was recognized with a 2018 George Polk Award in the Foreign Television Reporting category, the Royal Television Society (RTS) Award for Scoop of the Year, a Golden Nymph Award in the Best TV News Item category at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, the Television Trophy at the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy Awards and two Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) Awards in the Impact and Daily Journalism – Video award categories.

Following her investigations into abuses perpetrated against women and children including the sale of displaced Nigerian children to Boko Haram and the mutilation of British Somali girls by FGM practitioners in Nairobi, Elbagir was named the RTS 2016 Specialist Journalist of the Year.

Nima was also the first international journalist to report from Chibok, the northern Nigerian village from which over 250 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram in 2014. Here she was able to interview two young girls who had managed to escape, and who described the ordeal of the capture and the fear they now felt. Her continued reporting on the missing schoolgirls contributed to CNN’s Peabody Award win in 2015. Nearly two years after their abduction, Elbagir and producer Stephanie Buhari obtained a ‘proof of life’ video for some of the kidnapped girls.

In 2019, Elbagir and her team won plaudits for their year long investigation into Father Luke Delft: The case of the predator priest, a pedophile priest who was sent to work for an aid organization in Africa, helping vulnerable families, even though his Catholic order knew he had been convicted of abusing children years earlier in Europe.

Nima Elbagir Salary

Her salary is under review.

Nima Elbagir Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $1 million as at 2020.

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