Governor's Conference on Emergency Preparedness

October 29 - 30, 2012 Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY

Presenter's Biography

Deb Feyerick

Deborah Feyerick

Deb Feyerick is an award-winning CNN correspondent specializing in domestic & international terrorism & criminal investigations. She joined CNN's team of anchors & reporters in May 2000 and has covered a wide range of stories.

With her focus on terrorism, Feyerick has investigated numerous threats & high-profile cases. Among them the attempted al-Qaeda-linked plot to blow-up a US jetliner Christmas Day, the plot to detonate a car-bomb in Times Square, and the plots to bomb NYC city subways & landmarks. Her detailed coverage of federal trials has put her in close proximity to these & other terrorists including the four US Embassy bombers now serving life in Super Max prisons. It was during that trial, months before 9/11, that she developed her comprehensive knowledge of Al Qaeda & Osama Bin Laden.

Long before American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a drone strike, Feyerick was tracking his movements in the US where he evolved as an extremist-preacher inspiring many "Lone Wolves." She is trained in surviving war zones and chemical & biological attacks.

Having traveled around the world, Feyerick is now based in New York City. Her crime stories have taken her to the US-Mexico border to report on drug-smuggling, border drones, and human trafficking. She has investigated international child abduction, plane crashes and cyber attacks, as well as the capture of two of the FBI's Most Wanted-- terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden and Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger. Feyerick has received exclusive access to cover fugitive raids, terrorism response drills, bomb detonations, & law enforcement efforts on the frontlines. She has interviewed prisoners on death row and has covered many death penalty cases including the Petit Home invasion by two paroled felons.

Feyerick's diverse work has been recognized by numerous organizations. The New York Association of Black Journalists honored Feyerick for her coverage of the foreclosure crisis. The American Muslim Union named her "Outstanding Journalist." Feyerick received a National Headliner Award as part of CNN's 9/11 investigative team; Emmy nominations for her work both on 9/11 and the Christmas Day bomber; a Gracie Award for her feature on sperm donor-born children; and Peabody Awards for team coverage of the 2008 presidential campaigns & Hurricane Katrina.

Before joining CNN, Feyerick was a reporter & anchor for Time Warner-owned NY1 News where she received multiple Emmy nominations for her work on AIDS. She covered crime, urban issues and politics and reported from France on the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Feyerick also worked as a special correspondent for Life magazine covering the Los Angeles riots and the 50th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

Feyerick has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Columbia University. In her spare time, she likes to write about life as a working mom. She speaks French and once delivered a cow while on assignment.