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Susan Candiotti is a national correspondent for CNN based in the network's Miami bureau, where she covers regional assignments and breaking news. Candiotti joined CNN in 1994.

Candiotti has covered several prominent national stories, including the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; the 1999-2000 Elian Gonzalez story; the 1999 James Byrd dragging-death trial in Jasper, Texas; the 1998 fatal Capitol shooting rampage in Washington, D.C.; and the 1994 Oklahoma City bombing and subsequent trials of convicted co-conspirators Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Candiotti also interviewed McVeigh from prison then covered his execution in 2001. She also spent more than two months in Montana following the standoff between Freeman and the FBI in 1996. While in Montana, she also covered the extradition of accused Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski. In 1996, Candiotti covered the Valujet Flight 592 crash in the Florida Everglades, the 1996 TWA Flight 800 crash and the 2000 EgyptAir Flight 990 tragedy.

From her base in Miami, Candiotti also has covered breaking news stories in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, the Caribbean, Cuba, Mexico, Haiti and Peru. She covered the 1996 Tupac Amaru hostage situation at the Japanese Embassy in Peru. In Haiti, Candiotti spent months covering the crisis preceding and following Jean-Bertrand Aristide's return from exile. She was the first reporter to file live ship-to-shore reports from the U.S. Coast Guard cutters when thousands of Cuban refugees fled Cuba on homemade rafts in 1994. Additionally, in early 1998, she traveled with U.S. troops to Kuwait.

Candiotti has been a journalist for more than 25 years. Before joining CNN, she worked as an investigative reporter at local stations in Miami, where her assignments included the Iran-Contra affair.

Candiotti has worked for television stations in Buffalo, N.Y., Binghamton, N.Y., and Altoona, Pa. She has earned several awards during her career, including nine regional Emmy awards and an Associated Press Award for investigative reporting. In 2002, Candiotti was part of a CNN investigative team honored with the National Headliner Award for continuing coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks. She was also part of the Emmy Award-winning CNN team that covered the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the two trials that followed.

Candiotti earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola University of Chicago, graduating with honors. She spent a year studying abroad at Loyola's campus in Rome.

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