Fareed Zakaria

Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN

Fareed Zakaria is the host of Fareed Zakaria GPS, CNN’s flagship international affairs program. In that role, which he has held since 2008, he has interviewed Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Emmanuel Macron, Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, and Vladimir Putin, among others. The program earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011, and in 2009 it earned an Emmy nomination for its interview with then Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. 

Zakaria is also a columnist for the Washington Post and the author of the bestsellers In Defense of a Liberal Education, The Post-American World, and The Future of Freedom. The latter two books have been translated into over twenty-five languages. 

Zakaria was included on Foreign Policy’s Top 10 Global Thinker of the Last 10 Years list in 2019, and Esquire has named him one of the twenty-one most important people of the twenty-first century. In 2010 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the government of India, one of the country’s highest civilian awards.