Peter Arnett

Peter Arnett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New Zealand-American journalist, worked for CNN for over 18 years before retiring in 1999. Arnett, best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, temporarily worked for National Geographic and travelled to Iraq to cover the US invasion in 2003.

Peter, who retired from journalism in 2007, now teaches journalism at Shantou University in China. Aside from reporting, he worked in publishing and wrote the biography Live from the Battlefield: From Vietnam to Baghdad, 35 Years in the World’s War Zones (1994).

Earnings and net worth Of Peter Arnett in 2021

Peter Arnett’s net worth is $7 million as of January 2021. Without a doubt, he made the majority of his money as a journalist. Arnett, who began his career as a journalist in 1960, worked as a journalist for more than four decades before retiring, with stops at CNN, NBC, and National Geographic.

Despite the fact that no exact figure for his income has been released, Peter most likely made hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. A CNN reporter earns $77, 536 per year on average.

Age and height of Peter Arnett

Peter Arnett was born on November 13, 1984, in Riverton, New Zealand, and possesses dual citizenship: New Zealand-American. He is currently based in Los Angeles. Peter is 86 years old and stands 5 feet 6 inches tall as of January 2021.

Journalism Career- Breakthrough With Vietnam War Coverage

Peter began his career as a correspondent in Southeast Asia, particularly in Bankok, before moving to Laos and starting a tiny English-language newspaper in 1960. After that, he travelled to Vietnam and worked as an Associated Press reporter in Saigo (now Ho Chi Minh City).

Meanwhile, Vietnam was embroiled in the Vietnam War (November 1, 1955-April 30, 1975), which was officially fought between North and South Vietnam. Peter was hurt while covering the Double Seven Day skirmish on July 7, 1963, a violent altercation between journalists and South Vietnamese undercover police.

During the war, he was present at numerous major events, including the fight of Hill 875 in November 1967, as well as accompanying a party of US peace campaigners on a mission to Hanoi, North Vietnam, to return three American prisoners of war.

CAPTION: Arnett covered Vietnam War from 1962 to 1965(SOURCE: Dateline)

Arnett won the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting in 1966 for his work in Vietnam from 1962 to 1965. Following the end of the war, he wrote Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War (1980), a 26-part mini-series documentary about the bloody conflict.

Joined CNN and covered the Gulf War as well as an interview with Osama Bin Laden

Peter Arnett joined CNN in 1981 and remained with the worldwide TV news channel until 1999. During the Gulf War, he rose to prominence as the only CNN reporter to provide live news from from Baghdad, Iraq.

On January 17, 1991, Peter provided continuous coverage of the first 16 hours of the battle in Baghdad. In addition, he was able to secure an exclusive unfiltered conversation with Saddam Hussein. He wrote his biography Live from the Battlefield: From Vietnam to Baghdad, 35 Years in the World’s War Zones in 1994.

CAPTION: Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Arnett interviewed Osama bin Laden in 1997(SOURCE: Pinterest)
He interviewed Osama bin Laden, the head of Al-Qaeda, in March 1997, after Laden declared jihad against the United States. He worked for CNN for over two years (18 years to be exact).

Furthermore, Arnett narrated a report on the coverage of Operation Tailwind in Laos in 1970 for the television program NewsStand in 1998. However, because of the multiple contractions in the report, Peter was chastised and departed CNN in 1999.

Career After CNN and Retirement as a Reporter

Peter went on to work in New York for Foreign and Camera Planet TV after leaving CNN. The journalist went to Iraq on assignment for NBC and National Geographic to cover the US war, formally known as the Invasion of Iraq 2003. On March 20, 2003, the invasion began and ended on May 1, 2003.

Arnett retired from reporting in 2007. He reportedly travels back and forth between Los Angeles and China, where he teaches journalism at Shantou University.

Did you know that?

In his honor, the Southern Institute of Technology in New Zealand named an institute after him, the Peter Arnett School of Journalism, which closed in 2015.

Father of two children and a married man

Peter Arnett has two daughters, Elsa and Andrew, with his Vietnamese wife, Nina Nguyen. The couple married in 1964, separated in 1983, and divorced in 2003, after a 20-year marriage. They reconciled after that year.

Elsa Arnett, Peter’s daughter, is a reporter who currently works for The Boston Globe. She graduated from Harvard University after attending Stuyvesant High School in New York. She joined The Boston Globe after interning at The Washington Post.

Facts of Peter Arnett

 Date of Birth: 1934 , November-13
 Age: 86 years old
 Birth Nation: New Zealand
 Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Name Peter Arnett
Birth Name Peter Gregg Arnett
Nationality New Zealand- American
Birth Place/City New Zealand
Profession Journalist
Net Worth $7 million
Eye Color Green
Hair Color White
Face Color Fair
Married Yes
Married to Nina Nguyen
Children 2
Books Live from the Battlefield: From Vietnam to Baghdad, 35 Years in the World’s War Zones (1994)

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