CNN correspondent Sara Sidner is biracial and told TV Guide Magazine it helps her when she is reporting international stories.

It’s good to be brown. Whether it’s in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, people assume there is a connection there, that a parent or grandparent is from North Africa or from South Asia. People think, “Oh, she understands something about what we’ve been through.” I am a child of the world. My mother is British. My father is African-American. For me, it’s been an advantage…Being this color, I can kind of blend in, and I don’t get the kind of unwanted attention you might get if I walked in and everyone has dark hair and olive skin and I have blonde hair and blue eyes.