|Host of||The Amazing Race (Latin America)|
Harris Whitbeck Pinol was the host of the first three seasons of the Latin American version of The Amazing Race. He is also a Journalist and War correspondent.
Whitbeck was born in Guatemala but moved to the United States to get a bachelor's degree in International Studies from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and a master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York City. He can speak English, French and Spanish.
Whitbeck has been a part of CNN since 1991. He is their International Correspondent and is based in Mexico City, Mexico. He reports for the CNN International, CNN en Español, and CNN/U.S. channels. Whitbeck has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Chiapas rebellions, the hostage crisis at the Japanese embasy in Lima, and even 9/11.
He specializes in reports in Latin America. He has covered flooding in Venezuela, earthquakes in Colombia, Hurricane Mitch, which devastated Latin America, the coup attempt in Ecuador, the extradition of Augusto Pinochet and the death of Octavio Paz. On the positive side, he has also covered political elections in Mexico, Peru and Argentina, as well as Bill Clinton's trip to Latin America.
Whitbeck has won many awards, including a Global Media Award, an Environmentalist Media Award, a special Emmy in recognition of his journalism, as well as a National Headliner Award for coverage of the Ciudad Juárez killings in 1999. Additionally, Guatemala's Business Council selected Whitbeck as one of the 12 leaders in the International Journalism category for 2001.
Whitbeck was the host of the two seasons of the Latin American Amazing Race titled en Discovery Channel. When production moved away from the Discovery Channel to the Space Channel, Whitbeck was kept on for a third season. He did not host the fourth season, as it featured Brazilian contestants exclusively, and Whitbeck does not speak Portuguese. Previously, he had greeted Brazilian contestants at Pit Stops in Spanish.