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Holly Williams

Holly Williams

Holly Williams

Foreign correspondent, CBS News

Holly Williams is a CBS News foreign correspondent based in Istanbul. She is a veteran journalist with experience covering major news events and international conflicts across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Williams, who is fluent in Mandarin, received the George Polk Award in 2012 for her reporting on Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng. Her coverage of ISIS in Iraq and Syria garnered both the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Jack R. Howard Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation in 2015.

Williams’s international reportage also includes extensive coverage of the Syrian civil war. She was the first network correspondent to reach Raqqa after U.S.-backed forces captured it from ISIS in 2017. In 2014, Williams provided rare reporting from inside Saudi Arabia and spoke with women about life in the deeply conservative Islamic country. For “60 Minutes,” Williams has reported on the rising film industry in China, and she conducted the first television interview with former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohamedou Slahi.

Before joining CBS, Williams was a Beijing-based Asia correspondent for Sky News and a producer for BBC News and Sky News.