Michael Holmes Biography
Michael Holmes is an Australian anchor/correspondent/reporter/host working for CNN International as an anchor at the Atlanta bureau. Prior to him joining the network in 1996 he worked at Australia’s Nine Network.
Michael Holmes Age
Holmes is 62 years old as of 2022. He was born on December 1960 in Perth, Australia.
Michael Holmes Height
Holmes stands at an approximate height of 6 feet 1 inch.
Michael Holmes Family
Holmes was born to his loving parents Jim Holme and Shirley Holmes. However, he manages to keep their information away from the limelight and it is also not known if he has any siblings.
Michael Holmes Wife
Holmes is married to his beautiful wife Alexandra Lorex and is blessed with three children Amanda Holme, Mike Holme Jr, and Sherry Holmes.
Michael Holmes’s Net Worth
Holmes has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million-$5 Million which he has earned through his successful career as an anchor.
Michael Holmes Salary
Holmes earns an annual salary ranging from $ 45,000 – $ 110,500.
Michael Holmes Education
Holmes joined Wesley College in 1973 and later graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1977. He also went to Perth High School.
Michael Holmes Career
Holmes is an award-winning Australian journalist working for CNN International the network’s Atlanta bureau. Having tenured as a journalist for over decades, Holmes has anchored through Monday mornings for the network’s Newsroom with Michael Holmes on Friday which airs between 12 and 3 am ET (5-8 am GMT).
Holmes joined the network as its first Australian anchor where he has extensively covered globally including the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Europe, Nepal, and Mexico. He also has journeyed to more than 80 countries covering events.
Holmes has also covered live from the Mexico-Guatemala border on the Central American migrant crisis and the drowning deaths of a man from El Salvador and his young daughter. Their bodies were later found on the banks of the Rio Grande together after they tried to cross into the United States. Recently, he has covered the Gaza-Israel border deadly protests, Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris, and the Israeli elections.
Holmes has reported on several conflicts that include the West Bank, Libya, Iraq, Gaza, and Afghanistan. He reported on Iraq’s war from the very beginning, having been made to travel a dozen of trips that took him weeks. Additionally, he also reported on the war’s aspects including the occupation and insurgency to Saddam Hussein’s trial and execution. In January 2004 he survived an ambush that left two CNN staff members dead and one wounded on a two-vehicle CNN convoy.
Later in 2016, Holmes spent several weeks covering live in Iraq on the Iraqi-led offensive to recapture Mosul from ISIS. His 2016 report won the network a Peabody Award, which was after the network’s coverage of Syria undercover, the Battle for Mosul, and ISIS in Iraq, and Syria.
In March 2016 he covered live Maelbeek metro stations and the Zaventum airport from Brussels after the deadly terror attacks. Holmes covered for several days on Belgium’s response to these ISIS attacks, securing exclusive interviews with jihadist Hicham Chaib who is a Belgian family member. Later in 2015, Holmes anchored the network’s headline coverage of the Paris terrorist attacks. The coverage won the Royal Television Society (RTS) Award in 2016 for its ‘Best Breaking News Coverage.’
Holmes has spent much of his career covering the world’s hotspots including Ukraine, where anchoring live from Kyiv on the Crimea riots and led the Russian annexation of Crimea in for the controversial referendum. He also covered the Libyan revolution that led to the toppling of Moammar Gadhafi. Holmes also spent several weeks in the western mountains with Libyan rebels as they advanced from and covered the fierce fighting at times in several cities and towns.
He also covered live from Afghanistan on several occasions, where he spent weeks with U.S. and Afghan troops on the battlefield. In 2007, the network’s award-winning documentary On Assignment: Month of Mayhem disclosed a behind-the-scenes look at Holmes reporting in Iraq. It was the coverage that would later become one of the bloodiest months since the war started in 2003.
In April 2002 he was one of the few journalists reporting from Ramallah during the Israeli incursion and despite Israeli gunfire. He also featured Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat inside his besieged headquarters during a highly dangerous period in the West Bank. This was just one of the many exclusives Holmes had from the region, seeing the violence of the conflict on both sides.
He has also covered several natural disasters that include Hurricanes Irma, Michael, Sandy, and Maria, with coverage of the latter which earned two Edward R. Murrow Awards. Holmes has also interviewed several prominent leaders from nationwide including presidents and prime ministers, and also anchored several spot-hitting events across the world. Additionally, he has also served as a host and moderator on the network’s several specials including Principal Voices and Future Summit.
Prior to joining the network, he tenured at Australia’s Nine Network as the first Australian journalist to have featured the Rwandan genocide in 1994 at its firsthand. He was based in London for four years as the network’s European correspondent for current affairs, covering several events including the first Palestinian intifada, Northern Ireland, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the start of the first Gulf War. His reports in Bucharest in 1990 earned him an Australian Television Society Award during the miners’ uprising for Coverage of a Current Affairs Story.
He began his television career at Nine Network in Perth after tenuring for nearly five years in newspapers. Holmes also has tenured severally at British media outlets, including TV-AM, WTN, and The Observer newspaper. He began his career as a cub reporter at the age of 17, in Perth with the Daily News, an afternoon newspaper.
Michael Holmes CNN News
Holmes is working at CNN News where he works alongside other famous CNN News meteorologists, anchors, and reporters including;
- Susan Hendricks
- Erica Hill
- Pedram Javaheri
- Van Jones
- Brianna Keilar
- Lynda Kinkade
- John King
- Melissa Knowles
- Alison Kosik
- Don Lemon
- Christina Macfarlane
- Robin Meade
- Veronica Miracle
- Abby Phillip
- Richard Quest
Michael Holmes Social Media Platforms
He is active on his social media accounts and is often seen posting on his Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He has over 10.2K followers on Instagram, over 94K followers on Facebook, and over 37.1K followers on his Twitter accounts.