Paula Hancocks grew up in Monmouth situated in South Wales. She studied at the University of Wales in Cardiff where she completed her post-graduate degree in Broadcast Journalism. She also studied at the University of Durham where she graduated in French and Italian.
Hancocks started her career in CNN in the year 1997. She worked initially as production assistant. She later joined the London bureau of CNN where she served as the international correspondent. She then served for a short period in Jerusalem covering breaking news in Israel, Lebanon, and the surrounding region. She is at present based in Seoul.
Hancocks has covered the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the 2005 Pakistani earthquake, the war torn Afghanistan region and the attack on Yeongpyeong Island by North Korea, the devastating outbreak of the foot and mouth disease in Korea, the rescue of the Somali ship hijacked by pirates in the Arabian Sea, and various other events. She was the first international reporter to reach the tsunami affected area in Japan in 2011. She had reported on the Gaza War in 2008, the Israel Lebanon conflict, and the smuggling of arms into Gaza strip when she was based in Jerusalem. While working at the London bureau, she reported on the aftermath of Iraq War, the Istanbul bombings, and the bomb attacks in London.
Hancocks has also covered some of the significant events in Asian region like the victory of Aung San Suu Kyi in the Myanmar Parliamentary elections, the deadly floods in South Korea, the North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un’s first public speech, and the death of Kim Jong II, the former North Korean Leader.
Hancocks was part of the team that won the Alfred L. DuPont –Columbia award for reporting on the Asian Tsunami of 2004. Her team also won the Edward Murrow Award for covering the 2006 Israel Hezbollah conflict. Hancocks has reported from some of the remotest parts of Western Indonesia covering the effects of the 2004 tsunami.
Hancocks is a tenacious and highly skilled journalist who has worked at CNN for over a decade. Her exemplary accomplishments and excellent track record of delivering breaking news of international importance has made her one of the most sought after journalists in the international news arena. She has covered the political intricacies in the war torn and sensitive regions of the world effectively.
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