Isha Sesay is a media personality who until her resignation in August 2018 worked for CNN International as both an anchor and a correspondent. She began her career at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia before she was relocated to the L.A office where she began hosting CNN Newsroom Live from Los Angeles. Sesay also hosted the 360 Bulletin on CNN owned channel Anderson Cooper 360° and co-anchored Evening Express, on another CNN owned channel, HLN.
Here is all you need to know about Isha Sesay, her career at CNN and why she left the network after thirteen years.
Who Is Isha Sesay? – Bio
The beautiful anchor was born in France on the 6th of January, 1976 to Sierra Leonian parents. Her parents returned to their home country when Sesay was very small so she spent her early years in Sierra Leone.
Her mother, Dr. Kadi Sesay, taught at Fourah Bay College, Freetown before she was appointed as an advisor to the government of Valentine Strasser in 1992. Her father worked as a legal advisor to the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board (SLPMB) before his death in 1988.
Isha Isatu Sesay is the second of the three children born to her parents; she has an older sister and a younger brother. She was a student at the Fourah Bay College School, a private school in Freetown, until 1992 when moved to the UK to complete her studies.
After her A’levels, she was admitted into Trinity College, Cambridge, to study English. Isha has always wanted to be an actress but she changed her mind and decided to go for journalism, thus during her final year in college, she began sending applications to media groups and organization.
One of her many applications pulled through and after her graduation, she began working at BBC as a researcher for the talk show, Kilroy, initially as an unpaid intern. Seeing her potentials, she was then hired on a full-time basis. In 1998, she was moved to BBC Scotland where she began working behind the camera before she was promoted as an announcer on BBC Choice.
Sesay presented a whole lot of other programmes on BBC and TWI before moving to Sky in 2002, where she spent three years anchoring Good Morning Sports Fans on Sky Sports News. During this period, she met and interviewed high profile celebrities like Ellen MacArthur, Michael Watson, and many others. She also had the privilege of traveling with the Arsenal football team for an exhibition match held at Reebok Stadium in support of the Nwankwo Kanu’s Heart Foundation.
Ishay later worked at ITN, hosting the ITV Morning News programme before moving over to GMTV’s where she became newsreader on the breakfast programme.
In 2005, she began her career with CNN International headquarters Atlanta, Georgia as an anchor and a correspondent. She covered Nigeria’s Presidential elections, interviewing both the then outgoing president, Olusegun Obasanjo, and the then newly elected president, Umaru Yar’Adua. Later that same year, she traveled to South Africa to cover the launching of the Global Elders.
Sesay became the host of the first edition of International Desk (a weekday news program) which was launched in 2009. In 2011, she swapped roles with Michael Holmes and began hosting of BackStory. The following year, the show began to air only on weekends and she was made the anchor of a new show – CNN NewsCenter.
While working at CNN International, Isha Sesay also hosted the 360 Bulletin on CNN owned channel, Anderson Cooper 360° and co-anchored Evening Express, on another CNN owned channel, HLN.
After working with CNN for 13 years, Sasay in August resigned citing Trump-centered coverage as the reason for her resignation. She also stated that she would love to champion a girl child education project in Africa and do other personal stuff.
She already began writing a book on the abduction of the Chibok girls and launched an NGO called W.E. can lead, aimed at giving educational support to the girl child. Although the program is open for girls all over Africa, she says she would want to kick it off, focusing mainly on Nigerian girls to give them specific educational support to become future leaders in Africa. As at August 2018, more than 600 girls have registered with the NGO and are already participating the program.
Husband, Family, Divorce
The beautiful journalist married a fellow CNN staffer, Leif Coorlim in August 2013 after announcing their engagement in January of the same year. Sesay however, revealed in an article published in an online magazine What We Seee in August 2018, that she and Leif are no longer together. The couple had no kids of their own. She currently resides in Los Angeles, United States.