Board Member

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria

Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN

Fareed Zakaria hosts Fareed Zakaria GPS for CNN Worldwide and is a columnist for the Washington Post, a contributing editor for the Atlantic, and a best-selling author.

Fareed Zakaria GPS is a weekly international and domestic affairs program that airs globally. Since its debut, in 2008, it has become a prominent TV forum for global newsmakers and thought leaders. Interviewees on Fareed Zakaria GPS have included former U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Other past guests include military officials such as General David Petraeus and Admiral Michael Mullen; corporate leaders such as Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi; and other public figures such as Bill Maher and Bono. The program earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011 and an Emmy Award nomination in 2013.

Zakaria has regularly hosted prime-time specials for CNN Worldwide, such as “Blindsided: How ISIS Shook the World,” “Why Trump Won,” and “Putin: The Most Powerful Man in the World.” He frequently contributes his analysis of world events and public affairs to CNN.com; Fareed’s Global Briefing, a daily digital newsletter; and other programming across CNN’s multiple platforms.

Zakaria is the author of three highly regarded and New York Times best-selling books: In Defense of a Liberal Education, a commentary on the importance of a well-rounded education; the international best-selling The Post-American World, a discussion of the rise of non-Western powers; and The Future of Freedom, a study of “illiberal democracy” in various countries, also an international best seller.

Prior to his tenure at CNN Worldwide, Zakaria was editor of Newsweek International, managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a columnist for Time, an analyst for ABC News, and the host of Foreign Exchange With Fareed Zakaria on PBS.

In 2017, Zakaria was awarded the Arthur Ross Media Award by the American Academy of Diplomacy. He was named a “Top 10 Global Thinker of the Last 10 Years” by Foreign Policy magazine in 2019, and Esquire has called him “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.”

Zakaria serves on the board of New America. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a doctorate in political science from Harvard University and has received numerous honorary degrees.