Isha Sesay: Bio, Early life, Husband & Kids, Net Worth, Etc.

If you’re a regular CNN News Center and Backstory viewer, you might know Isha Isatu Sesay, who is better identified as Isha Sesay. Beautiful, Isha is renowned as former news anchor and CNN International correspondent. British journalist, who worked for CNN, left her job to start a project W.E. (Women Everywhere) Can Lead for African girls, where she is supporting girls and working on girls educations.

Isha Sesay
Isha Sesay

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Quick Bio

Full Name: Isha Sesay
Age: 44 years old
Birth Date: January 06, 1976
Horoscope: Capricorn
Birth Place: Bordeaux, France
Height: 5 feet 3 inches (1.60m)
Weight: 51 KG (112 lbs)
Net Worth: 1 Million
Ethnicity: Sierra Leonean
Nationality: Britsih
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown

Short Bio

Isha Sesay is a British news anchor, Broadcast journalist, and correspondent. She is best known as the host of CNN NewsCenter and BackStory. Isha worked as an anchor and correspondent for CNN International from 2005 till August 2018, quitting the job.

Before working for CNN, she has worked as a co-anchor of HLN’s Evening Express; however, it only ran for few weeks during 2012 before getting canceled. She has been active in the career of journalism since 1998.

Early Life

Isha Sesay was born in Bordeaux, France on January 6, 1976. Her birth name is Isha Isatu Sesay. Isha Sesay ethnic background is Sierra Leonean.

She was born to Mamud Sesay and Dr. Kadi Sesay. By profession, her father was a  legal Advisor at Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board. And her mother was a lecturer at Fourah Bay College located in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Born in France, she lived there until she was seven years old, but then Isha and her entire family returned to Sierra Leone. Isha was brought up in the Muslim family.

Talking about her education, she attended Fourah Bay College located in Sierra Leone, the same college where her mother was a lecturer. Later in 1992, she went to the UK to further continue her studies.

She did her A-levels in the UK, then joined Trinity College, Cambridge taking an English as a major subject to pursue her journalism career.


Isha Sesay has been following a career in journalism from the year 1998. Soon after the completion of her college, she started to develop skills needed in the journalism field.

Then, she began working with the camera. After researching on Kilroy from a BBC talk show, she later joined BBC Scotland in 1998 working behind the scene.

However, she decided to work on screen and became TV announcer of “BBC Choice Show.” After gaining some experience and confidence working on-screen, she later worked for big companies like CNN and TWI.

She got hired by the Sky UK in March 2002 for the Sky Sports News as the anchor of Good Morning Sports Fan.

Then, she was also seen as the anchor of ITV Morning News from the ITN’s show.

After years of hard work she finally got her big break in 2005 to work at CNN International, one of the most prestigious news channel in the world.

At that time, she covered the Nigerian Presidential election campaign from the year 2007 and also introduced Global Elders in South Africa.

In 2009, she was the host of the International Desk, a weekday news program.

Two years later in 2011, she became the presenter of BackStory, after swapping the roles with Michael Holme.

The same year, she was assigned as the presenter for the show called “Anderson Cooper 360°“. 

The following year, she became the anchor of CNN NewsCenter. In 2012, she also worked as co-anchor of HLN’s Evening Express but just for a while.

After 13 years of good memories with CNN, she came to an end, and she is set for a bigger goal. A goal which is the future is female, and the future is Africa.

Isha Sesa’s words when she decided to leave a great career with CNN,

“I’ve been at CNN for 13 years, it’s the end of a huge chapter,” Sesay explains. “It’s been such a tremendous time, such an eventful 13 years — I feel like I grew up working there. I showed up as a 30-year-old in 2005, with two suitcases and a one-year contract — I’ve managed to make that last 13 years! It’s been amazing, I’ve been married when I was there, divorced when I was there, it’s all happened.”

Isha Sesa has her nonprofit organization called “W.E. Can Lead”  in Sierra Leone, West Africa, which has already helped hundreds of girls and is working even vigorously for the better future of the girls of Africa.

She is also currently working on her book about the Chibok girls. It is about the incident that happened back in 2014  where 276 young Chibok girls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram.

Rumors And Controversy

Isha Sesay has been for a long time in the media industry. Although she reported and hosted several hundred controversial news, she was part of the major negative public buzz.

Her keen interest is to work as professionally as possible. This allows her to keep her distance from any rumors or criticisms subsequently.

Net Worth

Serving world-class media such as Sky Sports News and CNN, Isha has gained significant fame and wealth from a young age in the journalism industry.

A founder of a non-profit educational organization called “Women Everywhere Can Lead,” Sesay is a veteran journalist who has gained enormous recognition from her profession along with impressive fortunes.

As of 2019, Isha Sesay’s net worth is estimated to be $ 1 Million.

Body Measurements

Sesay has a height of 5 feet 3 inches and weighs about 51 KG (112 lbs). Isha likes to maintain her body.

Furthermore, she has a sexy body figure, and her body measurements are 35-24-36 Inches. While her hair color is black, and her eye color is brown.

Husband & Kids

Isha Sesay was married to Leif Coorlim, executive editor of CNN Freedom Project and award-winning journalist. The duo dated for almost five years and exchanged the engagement rings on January 5, 2013.

After seven months of engagement, the couple shared the wedding vows on 17 August 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Their marriage ceremony was held in Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Isha Sesay And Her Husband
Isha Sesay And Her Husband

After their marriage, the PEOPLE Magazine asked her how she was feeling after tying the knot with the person she loved; smiling with joy, she answered,

“Our day exceeded my wildest dreams, it was magical. When I saw Leif standing at the end of the aisle, I felt as if my heart would explode. I married the man of my dreams in front of the people we care about the most. And then we partied the night away.”

Her husband surprised her after eight months of marriage and revealed the place where they were going on their honeymoon. Although the couple is married, they are not in a hurry to welcome children.

Social Media Profile

Being a celebrity journalist, she is highly active on social media platforms mainly on Twitter and Instagram. She connects with her fans and week wisher through her social media accounts. To follow or find her, click on Twitter and Instagram.

As of 2018, October she has a 265k fan following on her Twitter account and similarly holds 18.3k fan followings on her Instagram account.

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