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John Kosta Defterios (born April 7, 1961) is an American journalist best known for his work at CNN. He is currently CNN’s Emerging Markets Editor and Correspondent and host of CNNMarketplace Middle East[1].


Defterios graduated from the University of Southern California in 1984 with degrees in journalism and political science.[2]

Defterios started as an intern at CNN in 1983 working in the sports department of the nascent network. In that role, he covered the National League Championship Series, the NBA finals and preparations for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics[3].

Defterios started his broadcast career as Washington producer for the Nightly Business Report on PBS-TV, covering Capitol Hill, the White House and the United States Department of Treasury for this nationally distributed program[1].

Defterios worked for Reuters Television from 1984 to 1992, serving as European correspondent and special series producer for Nightly Business Report, a joint venture with PBS.[2][1]

In 1986, Defterios became national special series producer covering the United States, Mexico and Canada[4]. Story series and coverage included the attempted takeover of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company by Sir James Goldsmith, Mexico’s debt crisis and the impact of the collapse in oil prices from Alaska and Texas.[5]

In 1988, Defterios served as European Correspondent and Bureau Chief based in London, managing the editorial joint-venture with Reuters Television. In that post, Defterios covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, German Monetary Union, first German elections after unification and the creation of the single European market[1]. In 1990-91, Defterios covered the Gulf War from Kuwait. Defterios was also West Coast Correspondent for Reuters TV and Nightly Business Report based in Los Angeles where he covered the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the trial of Charles Keating[6].

He joined CNN in 1992, serving as a correspondent for Lou Dobbs Moneyline in New York. He hosted World Business Today from 1994 to 1996 in London[2][7]. He also served as anchor of Ahead of the Curve and Business Unusual and was principal anchor for CNNfn in New York[1]. In October 2007, Defterios began hosting Marketplace Middle East on CNN International.[7] He is also currently CNN's Emerging Markets Editor.[1]

Defterios is a World Economic Forum media leader, a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Middle East, and has served as chairman of Business Week Leadership Forums and the World Islamic Economic Forum.[1]

He became president of FBC Media, a media production company, in 2000.[7] FBC also handled global communication campaigns on behalf of governments, non-governmental organizations and other companies.[4] FBC produced World Business on CNBC, a program which Defterios hosted from 2000 to 2007.[7] World Business won a Grand Prix Award in Europe for best global business and financial program.[4]

In August 2011, BBC and CNBC cancelled all FBC-produced shows on their programming after it was revealed that the company doubled as a public relations firm for the government of Malaysia, and carried puff pieces in the shows it produced.[8][9] Earlier in July, CNN aired an interview, conducted by Defterios, with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, a week after the Bersih 2.0 rally.[10] Defterios was criticized for asking softball questions during the interview.[11] CNN denied airing any editorial content produced by FBC and insisted that Defterios had left FBC in March 2011.[8][9]
Personal life

Defterios married Manuela Mirkos, at the time an employee of The New York Times, in a Greek Orthodox ceremony on the island of Sifnos in 2002.[12] His previous marriage ended in divorce.[12]

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^ a b c "John K. Defterios". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
^ "Marketplace Middle East' Defterios: CNN maintains amazing entrepreneurial spirit.". Free Library. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
^ a b c "John Defterios". Stern Stewart Institute. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
^ Bond Market Analysis. 1998, October 1. Atlanta, GA.
^ "Marketplace Middle East' Defterios: CNN maintains amazing entrepreneurial spirit.". Free Library. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
^ a b c d "John Defterios". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
^ a b "CNBC drops 'World Business'". Politico. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
^ a b "CNBC drops flagship show over paid Malaysian interviews". Today. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
^ "FBC Media scandal – Growing questions for CNN's John Defterios". Sarawak Report. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
^ Teoh, Shannon (5 August 2011). "As reforms stall, Pakatan mocks Najib for paid gloss". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
^ a b "WEDDINGS; Manuela Mirkos, John Defterios". The New York Times. 25 August 2002. Retrieved 5 August 2011.

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