Christiane Amanpour Discusses Her Future At Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Dinner

Last night, Fortune magazine held its “Most Powerful Women” dinner here in New York City, honoring female leaders across a variety of industries. The night’s speakers included:

• Stephanie Mehta – executive editor, Fortune
•”My Greatest Mentor” Tribute – Dina Powell, managing director and global head, office of corporate engagement, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
• “My Greatest Mentor” Tribute – Tory Burch, creative director & co-founder of Tory Burch, LLC
• Christiane Amanpour – formerly CNN chief international correspondent and host of Amanpour, soon to be host of ABC News This Week with Christiane Amanpour.
• Anne Mulcahy – former chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation
• Pattie Sellers – editor at large, Fortune

During the dinner’s panel discussion, Amanpour spoke about the excitement and nervousness she felt about her new career move, saying: “Sometimes you know, sometimes, I feel like I’m holding my breath and jumping into the unknown. I am leaving my comfort zone. I feel I am taking all my CNN DNA and going on a big new assignment.” When Sellers asked “Is it though, the opportunity to work at a broadcast network, or is it the opportunity to be more at the center of Washington policy making?,” Amanpour responded:

Can I say neither? It’s not the opportunity to work at broadcast network, although I greatly respect ABC obviously and that’s why I’m going there. It’s the particular program that they offered, that arose. Sunday morning is still serious real estate in American television , a place where serious news still is discussed.

It’s one of the last bastions of serious news… so for me the real motivating factor was to be able to translate, and to be able to take all that I’ve learned and done and take it to another level. And that is, it is because it’s a broadcast network, a bigger American audience, and I fundamentally believe that there is not enough exposure to international affairs, to international perspectives, to the inextricable link between domestic and foreign policy, and I personally believe it’s dangerous actually. And I think it’s wrong, that this amazingly powerful important country that seeks to export its ideals which has so much to do with the rest of the world and vice versa, somehow has so has blind spot in that particular arena, which is broadcast foreign news.

Pattie Sellers wrote more about the night’s event at Fortune.

Photo: Brian Friedman

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