CBS News today named Vladimir Duthiers as a new correspondent; he will begin work in August, based in New York. Duthiers joins CBS News from CNN, where he was an international correspondent based in Lagos, Nigeria. Most recently, Duthiers reported on the more than 200 girls kidnapped from their school in northeastern Nigeria by Boko Haram and was one of the first Western journalists to interview family members of the abducted children.
While in the region, he has covered the ongoing military intervention in Mali, the terrorist attack on the Amenas gas plant in Algeria, the trial and sentencing of the former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor at the ICC in Sierra Leone, the crash of Dana Air flight 992 and President Barack Obama’s visit to Senegal. He has also reported from the Middle East on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and from the streets of Bangkok during Thailand’s political turmoil. He was on the scene in 2012 as the Occupy Nigeria movement exploded into the streets of Lagos. Duthiers has reported on the plight of trafficked children in Haiti and investigated the American missionary Doug Perlitz, who was accused of sexually abusing Haitian street orphans under his care.
He began his career at CNN in 2009 as a production assistant on the news program Amanpour before going on to serve as an associate producer for Anderson Cooper 360°. He was among the first journalists to arrive in Haiti to cover the 2010 earthquake and was part of the team that won two Emmy Awards for their coverage. Prior to his career in journalism, Duthiers spent 18 years in the investment management industry, most recently as a managing director at an investment company, where he led global investment initiatives for clients based in 21 countries.