Jill Dougherty’s area of expertise is Russia. She is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a CNN Contributor on Russia issues.
She served as CNN correspondent for three decades, reporting from more than 50 countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, China, North Korea and Russia. Her chief area of interest and expertise is Russia and the post-Soviet region. She left CNN in 2014 in order to carry out research and writing on the Russia media and the Russian government’s international and domestic communications strategy. She continues with CNN as a Contributor, providing on-air expert commentary on Russia.
Jill Dougherty joined CNN in 1983, shortly after it was founded by Ted Turner. She served as CNN’s Moscow Bureau Chief for nine years, named to that post in 1997. Based in Moscow, she covered many significant news events in Russia and the former Soviet Union, including the presidencies of Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, Russia’s post-Soviet economic transition, terrorist attacks, the conflict in Chechnya, Georgia’s Rose Revolution and Ukraine’s Orange Revolution.
Dougherty served as CNN White House correspondent from 1991-1997. From 2008 through 2013 she covered the U.S. State Department as CNN’s Foreign Affairs Correspondent. She also served as U.S. Affairs Editor for CNN International, and as Managing Editor CNN International, Asia-Pacific, based at the network’s regional headquarters in Hong Kong.
In 2014 she was selected as a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where she examined Russia’s public diplomacy, media and propaganda strategy. In 2014-2015 she continued her research as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She also carried out field research at the International Centre for Defense and Security in Tallinn, Estonia.
She has a B.A. in Slavic languages and literature from the University of Michigan, a certificate of language study at Leningrad State University, and a master’s degree from Georgetown University. Her graduate thesis explored “Russia’s Soft Power Diplomacy.” Her articles have appeared on cnn.com, washingtonpost.com, The Wilson Quarterly, theatlantic.com, themoscowtimes.com and other websites and publications. Jill Dougherty is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Affairs Council.