Sophie Shevardnadze was born in Tbilisi, the capital of the then Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic to the family of former Soviet Foreign Minister & President of Georgia Eduard A. Shevardnadze. At the age of 10, her family moved to Paris, where she completed her secondary education and an advanced piano performance course at the Conservatoire International de Paris.
Sophie Shevardnadze holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University. She started as a producer for ABC News and then became a special correspondent in New York and Paris for the Namedni show on Georgia’s Imedi TV.
Sophie has been a presenter at RT since the channel’s launch in 2005. First a news anchor, she then moved up to host “Exclusive Interview with Sophie Shevardnadze” and after that – her own “SophieCo” program, the channel’s frontline interview show.
Sophie has interviewed the likes of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the head of the IMF Christine Lagarde, President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim, President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, President of Syria Bashar al-Assad, President of Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas, First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, President of Serbia Boris Tadic, Former Chancellor of Austria Wolfgang Schuessel, UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, the former head of CIA and NSA Gen. Michael Hayden, and many others.