Award-winning Cairo-based Foreign Correspondent with 16 years experience reporting from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe on revolutions, political and social upheavals and civil, regional and international wars. Very strong command of the written and spoken Arabic language. Expert in Middle East politics and culture.
Written and spoken Arabic
Covering dangerous conflict
Deadline to series reporting
2016 Wilbur Award for religion coverage of Egypt's persecuted Coptic Christians.
2015 Military Reporters and Editors Award for best overseas coverage of ISIS' advance in Iraq and the plight of the Christian and Yazedi refugees.
2015 Speech at the Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research and Lapido Media conference on Religion, Securities and Global Uncertainties in London, England.
2014 Wilbur Award for religion coverage of Egypt's persecuted Coptic Christians.
2013 Speech at the Henry Jackson Society and Lapido Media conference in London, England on Reporting the Middle East: Why the Truth is Getting Lost.
2010 Inland Press Association Award for reporting on the U.S. forces and military base in Djibouti.
2010 Clarion Award has for reporting on Iraq.
2010 Speech at the Media Project's international conference in Jakarta, Indonesia on Defamation of Religion versus Press Freedom.
2009 Military Reporters and
Editors Award for best overseas coverage of Afghanistan
2009 finalist for the
Medill Medal of Courage in Journalism for reports from Afghanistan, Pakistan
2007 Chapter in the book Encounters with the Middle East, titled Clothes, Camaraderie, and Qat.
2000 Edward Weintal
Award for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown University.
Fellow in International Journalism.
1997 Co-author under the name (Elizabeth Hiel) of The Islamic Revival Since 1988: A Critical Survey and Bibliography.
1995 The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, entry on Moroccan city of Fez.
Foreign Correspondent April 2000 to CurrentPittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh , PAReported from over 20 countries including covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the revolutions in Egypt and Libya.
General Assignment Reporter September 1997 to March 2000Toledo Blade - Toledo, OHCovered local and international news.
Director of Publications August 1994 to August 1997US-Arab Chamber of Commerce - Washington , DCIn charge of all publications, editor and reporter for Tradeline, a weekly fax letter sent to members in the U.S. and the Arab world.
Master of Arts : Arab Studies, 1994Georgetown University - Washington, DC, U.S.
Graduated with honors, received academic scholarship. Emphasis on political Islam.
Bachelor of Arts : Middle East Studies , 1989University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN, U.S.Deans list recipient. Focus on the Middle East and Arabic language.
Junior Year Abroad : Arab Studies, 1988American University in Cairo - Cairo, EgyptArab and ancient Egyptian studies, written and spoken Arabic.
Intensive Summer Course : Arabic, 1987Hebrew University - Jerusalem, IsraelIntensive written and spoken Arabic.