MA, Georgetown University

Jill Dougherty 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 is a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance; a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.; and a CNN Contributor who provides expert commentary on Russia.

She has conducted research on the Russia media and the Russian government’s international and domestic communications strategy as a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.; and at the International Centre for Defense and Security in Tallinn, Estonia.

Jill Dougherty joined CNN in 1983, shortly after it was founded by Ted Turner. She served as CNN's Moscow Bureau Chief for almost a decade. Her other postings include CNN White House correspondent; Foreign Affairs Correspondent covering the U.S. State Department; U.S. Affairs Editor for CNN International; and as CNN International’s Managing Editor for the Asia-Pacific region, based at the network's regional headquarters in Hong Kong.

She has a B.A. in Slavic languages and literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a certificate of language study from Leningrad State University, and a master’s degree from Georgetown University. Her graduate thesis explored “Russia’s Soft Power Diplomacy.” Her articles on international issues have appeared in,; The Wilson Quarterly;;, and other publications.

Jill Dougherty is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Affairs Council.

Professional Title: 
Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Former CNN Moscow Bureau Chief
Current Position: 
Distinguished Visiting Scholar