She has spent much of her CBS News tenure, since the Sept. 11 attacks, reporting on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and on politics and foreign policy in Iran, Syria and the Middle East.
Before joining CBS News, Palmer was bureau chief and senior correspondent in Moscow for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, reporting in both English and French (1997-2000). She was also bureau chief and senior correspondent for the organization's Latin American bureau in Mexico City (1994-1997). Among the stories Palmer covered were the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the crash of the Mexican peso and the Chiapas indigenous rebellion. Prior to her overseas assignments, she was a documentary reporter on science and international affairs (1990-1994) and a business reporter (1988-1990) for the CBC in Toronto. Palmer hosted CBC Radio's Olympic coverage from the 1988 Winter and Summer Olympic Games, as well as its most prestigious current affairs programs.
She has contributed to the Columbia Journalism Review and The Globe and Mail, and has filed reports and analysis for PBS and National Public Radio.
Palmer received the 1994 Science Writers of Canada Award for Best Television Documentary, the 1995 New York Television and Radio Award for Best News Feature and the 2005 Sigma Delta Chi Award for her coverage of the Beslan school hostage siege in Russia.
She was born in London, England. Palmer was graduated with honors from the University of British Columbia in 1976 with a bachelor of arts in English linguistics and from the Centre for Journalism Studies at University College in Cardiss, United Kingdom, in 1979 with a master of arts in journalism. Palmer and her husband live in London with their two children.
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