New York City Area
MY NAME. Adaora is Nigerian meaning daughter of all. My Irish passport sits alongside my U.S. passport ... courtesy of my parent’s. I’ve made good on that destiny as a global nomad, living and reporting from all over the world.
A SURPRISE TURN. A lawyer by training, planned to practice tax law, I ended up at ABC News covering the OJ Simpson criminal trial and spent years as a journalist.
TODAY. Happily, I was swept up in the tech revolution. Currently building a new tech venture to launch soon. Excited. Previously, I was the Interim President of News Deeply. Check out our flagship vertical: www.SyriaDeeply.org. I'm a proud adviser to Hubster.TV http://hubster.tv and Single Palm Tree Productions http://singlepalmtree.com. I serve as a mentor for Women Innovate Mobile, a startup accelerator http://wim.co and am a 2013 Pipeline Fund Alum. http://www.pipelinefellowship.com
ADVENTURES. As a producer, correspondent and anchor I reported from four continents and hundreds of cities working for ABC, CNN, Court TV and WNYC. The things I saw changed my life. I will never forget after Saddam Hussein was ousted, speaking with Iraqis in Baghdad who were looking for family members that had been missing five, sometimes 10 years. They never lost hope. Or the Afghan refugees I met cherishing life from mud huts outside Islamabad, Pakistan. The pristine Lake Geneva in Switzerland is unforgettable, as is seeing Lance Armstrong and hundreds of bikers roll onto Paris's Champs Elysee during the Tour de France. I still remember faces among thousands supporting candidates while covering four U.S. Presidential campaigns from Seattle to Aspen to Boston. We have far more in common than we have differences.
FUN TO BE RECOGNIZED. The National Academy of Arts & Sciences recognized my reporting of the Afghanistan war. I was named one of the 25 most influential African-Americans-Essence Magazine. I was acknowleged for contributions to CNN's Peabody Award win for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and a DuPont-Columbia University Award for reporting on the 2005 South Asian Tsunami.