Vladimir Duthiers (//; DOOT-ee-ay; born December 21, 1969) is an American television journalist who has been a correspondent for CBS News since 2014 following five years at CNN. He was a member of the CNN team that won two Emmy Awards for its coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and he won a Peabody Award for his coverage from Nigeria of the kidnapping of the schoolgirls by Boko Haram.
|Alma mater||University of Rhode Island (BA, Political Science, 1991)|
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (MSc, 2011)
|Title||Correspondent, CBS News|
Duthiers was born and raised in New York, the son of Haitian immigrants of partial French descent. He is fluent in French and Haitian Creole. He attended the University of Rhode Island, first with a journalism major before switching his focus to political science. He graduated in 1991 and began working on Wall Street in the financial services industry. He joined the asset management firm AllianceBernstein in 1993 where he was ultimately promoted to Managing Director responsible for business development in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, before returning part-time to study broadcast journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
While at Columbia, Duthiers joined CNN in 2009, first as an intern, then as a production assistant, working on Christiane Amanpour's Amanpour and Anderson Cooper 360°. The day after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he traveled to Haiti with the CNN team, working as an interpreter and production assistant. He was part of the team that won two Emmy Awards for its coverage of the earthquake. He was later posted to Nigeria as an international correspondent, where he won a Peabody Award for his work covering the kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
During his assignment in Nigeria, Duthiers reported on the terrorist activities of Boko Haram which, in addition to the kidnapping of the Chibok girls, have been responsible for killing thousands of Nigerians since 2009. While in the region, Duthiers covered the ongoing military intervention in Mali, the terrorist attack and the In Amenas hostage crisis in Algeria, the trial and sentencing of the former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor at the ICC in Sierra Leone, the crash of Dana Air Flight 992, and President Barack Obama's visit to Senegal. He also reported from Japan and South Korea on U.S. military operations in the Asia-Pacific theater, in the Middle East on the front lines of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, from the streets of Bangkok during Thailand's political turmoil and the birth of the royal baby Prince George in July 2013.
In August 2014, he joined CBS News as a news correspondent, based in New York. His work has been featured on CBS This Morning, the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, CBS News Sunday Morning, 48 Hours and all CBS News platforms. Duthiers is also an anchor for CBSN, the streaming news channel from CBS News and CBS Interactive.
In May 2017, Duthiers delivered the commencement address for his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Rhode Island. During his speech, he told of how he was galvanized to leave his career in finance at age 37 to pursue his calling as a journalist. He was inspired, he said, by the words often attributed to Saint Augustine: “The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” Duthiers also defended journalism as a profession that gives voice to the powerless and memorializes those who would otherwise be forgotten. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from URI.
On September 1, 2020, Duthiers married his long-time girlfriend Marian Wang, a senior news producer with Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. They had planned to get married in South Africa, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they got married on Fire Island, New York, on his mother's birthday.
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- Chariton, Jordan (May 2, 2014). "From P.A. to International Correspondent, Vladimir Duthiers on 'Enormous Responsibility'". AdWeek. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
- "Winner 2014: CNN's Coverage of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls (CNN)". Peabody Awards. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
- Duthiers, Vladimir. "Troops could be headed to Mali to fight Islamist extremists - CNN". CNN. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
- "Algeria: Some hostages have been killed - CNN Video". CNN. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
- "Official: Pilot signaled trouble moments before crash that killed 163 in Nigeria". CNN. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
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- ""Ready to fight": The U.S. forces facing down North Korea". cbsnews.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
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- "Protesters vow to continue to protest - CNN Video". CNN. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
- "Big day for Britain's newest royal - CNN Video". CNN. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
- Kuffner, Alex (May 21, 2017). "URI speaker: Telling stories of others is one key to immortality". Providence Journal. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
- Todisco, Eric (September 2, 2020). "CBS News' Vladimir Duthiers Weds Longtime Love Marian Wang on Fire Island Beach". People. Retrieved 2020-09-03.