Elise Labott

United States of America


San Juan, Puerto Rico


Yari Rivas


Global Affairs Journalist

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Elise Labott is a journalist covering foreign affairs, most recently as a global affairs correspondent for CNN. Since 2000, she has covered U.S. foreign policy and international affairs for the network, reporting from more than 80 countries, and interviewing and traveling the world with seven secretaries of state.

Most recently, Elise traveled to Israel and Turkey with National Security Adviser John Bolton for Politico. She also traveled to the Olympics in Korea with Vice President Mike Pence and to Africa with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.She has reported extensively on the conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Israel, and covered nuclear talks with Iran and the signing of the 2016 nuclear agreement.
Elise has reported on every major global event since joining CNN, from the Camp David peace talks of 2000, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Arab Spring and the rise of ISIS. She has reported from the de-militarized zone on tension with North Korea, traveled through the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as has interviewed several heads of state. She was also part of CNN’s multi award-winning Freedom Project, which produces original reports, articles and documentaries on human trafficking.
Prior to joining CNN, Elise covered the United Nations for ABC News and foreign policy issues for Agence France-Presse and other publications.
Elise is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a master's degree from the New School for Social Research.