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Al Jazeera has correspondents based in four broadcast centres and bureaux around the world.
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2009 11:04

Al Jazeera has correspondents based in four broadcast centres, in Doha, London, Washington DC and Kuala Lumpur, and in bureaux around the world. 

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Hoda Abdel-Hamid
Hoda Abdel-Hamid (Doha) has reported extensively and authoritatively on many of the Middle East's major news stories over recent years.

Hoda has provided Al Jazeera English with numerous exclusive reports from northern Iraq and Turkey of the clashes between the Turkish army and PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). She has reported on the attack on the US consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and the sinking by Russia of Georgian ships in the port of Poti.
With ABC News, Hoda covered Operation Desert Fox in December 1998; the lead-up to the invasion in 2003; and the immediate post-invasion situation.
Since Operation Shock and Awe she has been on the ground regularly, covering the Falluja war, elections and referendums, and was embedded with US-led military alliance forces in Anbar and Tikrit.

In addition to her work in Iraq, Hoda has covered stories in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan, India, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, Nigeria, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia and throughout the Middle East.
Previously, she has covered the Balkan war from Bosnia and Croatia and has also filed stories from Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Gaza, Rwanda and from around Europe for France 3's La Marche du Siecle programme.
Hoda has gained various prestigious awards across her career including one at the Festival du film de Monaco and three Emmy Awards.

Mohammed Adow

Mohammed Adow (Africa) has filed exclusive reports for Al Jazeera English about the Ogaden fighters who have been battling to achieve an autonomous state in eastern Ethiopia. He has also reported from the Rift Valley and elsewhere in Kenya about the post-election violence that rocked the nation, and covered the ongoing conflicts in Somalia and Sudan.

He has over 10 years of experience reporting from across Africa and joined Al Jazeera English from the BBC World Service where he held several different positions covering Africa for eight years. 
Prior to joining Al Jazeera English, Mohammed was deputy editor at the BBC's East Africa Bureau; previously, as the BBC's Ethiopia correspondent, Mohammed reported extensively on the Somalia conflict, the Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict, the Ethiopian elections and the post-election unrest, the activities of the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He was also assigned to Darfur several times to cover the crisis in Western Sudan.
Before that, Mohammed was the BBC's Somali service senior producer based in London, East Africa correspondent, Northern Kenya reporter and a reporter for Kenya's Nation newspapers.
Mohammed has secured interviews with many of the major names in Africa including Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni, Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh and Somalia's President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed.

Hashem Ahelbarra

Hashem Ahelbarra (Doha) has travelled to Morocco to cover the country's elections in September 2007, to refugee camps in Yemen, in May 2008, where people fleeing fighting in Somalia were seeking refuge after surviving the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden, and to other Gulf countries and Afghanistan.

He joined Al Jazeera English from Abu Dhabi Television where he was a news presenter and senior reporter, prior to which he worked in roles with the London based ANN and the Moroccan channel 2M.
Hashem has covered many of the biggest international news stories of recent years, including: the 2000 election of George Bush in the US and his re-election in 2004; the 2001 World Conference against Racism held in Durban, South Africa, the attacks of September 11 in Washington DC and New York, the invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq and the Asian Tsunami. 
He has also secured exclusive interviews with many of the major names in world news including Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Liberian President Charles Taylor, President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel, and also General Richard Myers, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General John Abizaid, the commander of US Central Command, which oversees US military operations in the Middle East.

Rula Amin

Rula Amin (Middle East) has extensive experience in reporting on the Middle East for Al Jazeera and previously for international television news organisations CNN, MBC and Worldwide Television News (WTN).

She has reported authoritatively from Lebanon on the leadership vacuum and political struggles, and also bombings and assassinations amid faction fighting.
In her former role as CNN's roving Middle East reporter, her reporting assignments included Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, in addition to Israel and the West Bank.
She broke the news of the death of Syrian president Hafez al-Assad in Damascus and covered the second Intifada and the siege of President Yasser Arafat's headquarters in Ramallah.
Rula also covered the Israeli withdrawal from South Lebanon; the build-up to and the invasion of Iraq; the aftermath of the Iraq war from inside the country and from its border with Jordan.
Other assignments included covering the Hajj and Saudi Arabian politics and conducting exclusive interviews with Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Ahmad Bin Laden (one of Osama Bin Laden's brothers), and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.

Zeina Awad

As a reporter for Al Jazeera English's current affairs and news departments, Zeina Awad (Doha) has covered some of the Middle East and Africa's most important stories for the People & Power and Everywoman programmes, including the rise of Islamism in Lebanon's Palestinian refugee camps, the Polisario movement in exile in Algeria, and Iraq's forgotten refugees.

Zeina was the first international television journalist to uncover the underground world of Zimbabwean human trafficking, and she investigated supporters of and fighters with Lebanon's Hezbollah movement. 

Prior to joining Al Jazeera English, Zeina worked for the BBC's HARDtalk and Panorama programmes, as well as for the Al Jazeera Arabic channel and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

She holds a both a bachelor's and master's degree in politics.


Neave Barker
Neave Barker (Moscow) joined Al Jazeera English after reporting extensively across Eastern Europe, the Caucuses and beyond for Russia Today. 

He joined the channel as hostilities between Georgia and Russia broke out in South Ossetia and reported from Moscow on the events of August 2008 as they unfolded.

In Paris, he covered the critical days leading up to a weekend of student riots against new employment laws for young people. While in The Hague, Neave covered the death of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic and the first stage of his last journey home for burial. 

Neave has interviewed a range of key figures on a number of defining issues: Hans Blix, the former UN weapons inspector; Marti Ahtisaari, the UN special envoy to Kosovo; and the prime ministers of Hungary and Russia.

During the Russia-Georgia conflict of August 2008, Neave provided up-to-the minute analysis of diplomatic developments from the Russian capital.

He was short-listed for an International Broadcasters Association Award for his work on Moscow's homeless.

James Bays

James Bays (Doha/Afghanistan) has filed reports following Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan, which later took second prize in the Best TV Item category at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in 2008 and was nominated for a Royal Television Society award. He has frequently reported from Baghdad and Kabul.

He joined Al Jazeera English after working as a correspondent for the UK's ITN for over a decade. 

James has travelled to more than 70 counties and has reported from many conflict zones, including Iraq, Congo, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Panama, the former Soviet Union, Israel and the Palestinian territories. In 2003, he was in Baghdad throughout the Iraq war, where his reports were carried by NBC and CNN as well as ITN's Five News.
His interview with the Iraqi information minister the day before Baghdad fell formed the last ever official statement by the former Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein.
James has also worked as foreign correspondent for Independent Radio News, where he reported on the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the release of the Beirut hostages and the first Gulf war.

Hannah Belcher
Hannah Belcher (Kuala Lumpur) launched her career as a television reporter in New Zealand, but quickly moved beyond the Kiwi shores. Over the past 12 years Hannah has worked for Television New Zealand, BBC World in London, independent commercial television productions companies and now Al Jazeera English.

Hannah broke Al Jazeera English's exclusive story on the mistreatment and forced repatriation of the ethnic Hmong tribe of Laos. Hannah's biggest and most challenging assignment was in Myanmar during Cyclone Nargis when she reported undercover for the channel from the Irrawaddy Delta. In the initial aftermath, Hannah was the only international reporter to make it to the very bottom of the delta, where she saw scenes worse than those following the 2004 Asian Tsunami.

Since joining Al Jazeera English, Hannah has also been on assignments to Bangladesh, Cambodia, East Timor, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysian, Myanmar, Samoa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, Thailand and Tonga.

Hannah Belcher reports on the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in the Irrawaddy Delta, Myanmar

Tony Birtley

Tony Birtley (Asia) secretly entered Myanmar to report on the mass popular uprising and subsequent crackdown in September 2007. Initially, he was the only correspondent in the country from an international news broadcast organisation and filed many exclusive reports for Al Jazeera English.

His work earned a Concentra 'Best Breaking News Award', which recognises outstanding video-journalism, for a report shot, edited and broadcast all in the same day. Tony's achievement was all the more notable since he travelled alone and not with the usual production crew, and his reports were broadcast anonymously, his identity not revealed at the time, for security purposes.

Tony's documentary about those events, Inside Myanmar - The Crackdown, received a nomination for Best News Documentary at the Monte Carlo Television Festival in 2008.

Another programme Tony worked on (along with colleagues Eunice Lau, Stephanie Scawen, Tricia Tan) has also won an award, an Amnesty Media Award for international television and radio in 2008. The lost tribe - Secret army of the CIA told the story of he Hmong hill tribe in Laos, which was recruited in 1961 by the CIA, to fight a "secret war" against the Communists of North Vietnam; their job was to try to block the Vietcong's supply route. Amnesty media awards recognise excellence in human rights reporting.

A journalist for over 30 years, the last 20 as a foreign correspondent, Tony has worked through the entire news media spectrum from newspapers to radio and television news. Along the way he has covered some of the biggest stories of the last two decades.

A former Middle East correspondent for TV-am and senior correspondent for the US network ABC News, Tony has worked for a whole range of organisations,
 including ITN, Channel Four News, CNN, the BBC and Sky News.  He has reported on nearly 20 wars and conflict zones, from Lebanon to Afghanistan, Chechnya and Bosnia and has been wounded three times, on the last occasion almost losing a leg.

For his reporting Tony has received a number of awards: The Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year, Amnesty International's international TV and radio honour, the Concentra video journalist award; and nominations for the Rory Peck freelance award, The Golden Nymphs and the prestigious US Emmy international category.

Tony has notched up several world exclusives: the only journalist to report from the besieged Muslim enclave of Srebrenica in Bosnia where his smuggled reports helped make the town a UN safe haven, the only TV journalist to cover the brutal crackdown of the uprising in Myanmar, and uncovering the plight of the Hmong in Laos, a people who have been in hiding in the jungle for more than 30 years.
Other conflicts Tony has covered include: the Lebanese civil war, the first Palestinian Intifada; the war between Iran and Iraq; the first Gulf war and the conflicts in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Burma, Cambodia, Kosovo and Bosnia.


Watch part one and part two of Tony Birtley's documentary Inside Myanmar - The Crackdown.

The programme features exclusive footage from his undercover reports on mass protests and the subsequent government crackdown.

Teresa Bo
Before joining Al Jazeera English in 2006, Teresa Bo (Buenos Aires) worked in the Middle East reporting for BBC Spanish and CNN. Based in Iraq, she covered the US invasion and its aftermath, including the attack on the city of Falluja by US Marines in 2004. She has also reported from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Teresa has won two major awards in Spain for her 'War in Iraq' coverage, including the prestigious Lara Prize for Best Journalist Under 30 years old.

A native Argentinean, Teresa has returned to her home country to report on Latin America for Al Jazeera English. Since then, she has investigated the darker side of Argentina with reports on political corruption and ballot stacking. She has also done major reports on the 'War on Drugs', travelling deep into the jungles of Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru.

Teresa holds a bachelor's degree in international politics and a master's degree in international peace and conflict resolution.


Melissa Chan
Melissa Chan (Beijing) has reported for Al Jazeera English from China during the Beijing Olympic Games and on the devastating earthquake of May 12, 2008, which struck Sichuan province. She has also reported from South Korea, when aid workers from that country were kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

She began her journalism experience at CNN's main Asia hub in Hong Kong. There, she helped cover some of Hong Kong's earliest demonstrations in the post-handover period, as well as the historic summit between South Korea's Kim Dae-Jung and North Korea's Kim Jong Il. 

She has also spent time at CNN's Havana bureau. In the United States, she worked at ABC News in New York City, eventually joining the team that produced the national evening newscast, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. She was also with ABC News in London at the time of the bombings in 2005.

In Asia, she has worked for organisations such as ABC News, ABC Radio, CBS News, the Voice of America, and Star News Asia. 

David Chater
Award-winning correspondent David Chater (Jerusalem) has worked in television news for more than three decades, cutting his teeth covering the troubles in Northern Ireland as a reporter for ITN.

During his time with ITN, he filed stories from Tel Aviv, which was under Scud attack from Iraq during the first Gulf war, and went undercover to report on the opening of the civil war in Sri Lanka.

Shot by a sniper on the frontline in the Yugoslavian conflict, surgeons saved his life but had to remove one of his kidneys. After making a full recovery he returned to report on the siege of Sarajevo and the continuing conflict in Bosnia.

In 1993 he moved to Russia to open a bureau for Sky News. While there he was awarded a Gold Medal as International Reporter of the Year for coverage of the Chechen war from Grozny. Caught in the middle of a Grad rocket attack while shooting a piece-to-camera, the dramatic footage was nominated for an Emmy.

David moved to Jerusalem as the Sky News Middle East correspondent and was nominated for a Royal Television Society award for his coverage in the region. He reported from the conflict in Kosovo and the war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, receiving a Gold Medal from the New York TV Festival for his reports on the siege of Kunduz. He was based in Baghdad throughout the build-up to the US-led coalition invasion and stayed throughout Operation Shock and Awe before reporting live from the streets of the city as the American forces arrived. 


Gabriel Elizondo

Gabriel Elizondo (Sao Paulo) has over 10 years of journalism experience, starting his career as a newspaper journalist before slowly migrating into television.

He started at Al Jazeera English in the summer of 2005, making him one of the first employees based in the Washington DC broadcast centre. He produced several long format documentaries from Latin America and he has been reporting from Brazil, where he is now based.

Gabriel was one of the first international journalists reporting live from the epicentre of the earthquake in Pisco, Peru that killed over 500 people in August 2007. While reporting, Gabriel often films, edits, and writes for our website on-location from all corners of Brazil.

He has a bachelor's degree in international security and conflict resolution, and a master's degree in global finance and trade.

Alan Fisher
Alan Fisher (London) is an experienced, award-winning correspondent whose career in television stretches back more than 25 years. In his role with Al Jazeera English, he's reported from across the world.

He was a frontline correspondent during Georgia's war with Russia in August 2008 and came under sustained fire while reporting on US army operations in Afghanistan. One of the first international journalists to arrive in Armenia after a state of emergency was declared, Alan also reported from Karachi in the aftermath of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

He also landed a string of exclusives while covering the arrest and subsequent extradition of Radovan Karadzic from Serbia. Alan reported in the run up to and the birth of the new nation of Kosovo and covered live the siege at the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon and brought the latest in the ongoing corruption charges against Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister, while in Israel to our global audience. Based in our London broadcast centre he's reported from across the UK as well as Norway, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Bosnia and Poland to name just a few.
Alan joined from the UK broadcaster GMTV, where he spent 13 years, the last six as chief correspondent. In that time he covered the war in Bosnia, the end of the siege of Sarajevo, and the humanitarian crisis caused by the bloody Rwandan civil war. He spent 10 weeks in Baghdad leading GMTV's coverage of the last Gulf War and covered the death of Princess Diana, the peace process in Northern Ireland, the Dunblane massacre in his native Scotland and fronted a three-part series on poverty in Africa.


Mike Hanna

Mike Hanna (Doha) is a journalist with more than 25 years' experience of reporting from the world's hot spots; formerly, Mike was CNN's Jerusalem bureau chief, supervising and leading the network's ongoing coverage of the dramatic events in the region.

He also worked as CNN's senior international correspondent based in Frankfurt and in 1993 opened CNN's first Johannesburg bureau.
During this time he covered major stories throughout Africa, the Balkans, Russia, the Middle East and extensively in Northern Ireland.

Before joining CNN Mike worked for ITN's Channel Four News for 10 years, during which time he received four British Academy awards and several Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards as part of the Channel Four News team.
He has also received a Cable ACE Award and a Bayeux War Correspondents award. He has been honoured by the New York Association of Black Journalists and in 1995 he won the prestigious Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting.
Mike began his career as a radio journalist, working extensively for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Commission and IRN in the UK.


Jonah Hull

Jonah Hull (London) has worked in the international television news industry for 13 years. He has extensive experience covering breaking news, conflict and natural disasters around the world. 

Most recently, Jonah was Al Jazeera English's Moscow correspondent, covering Russia and the CIS since the channel's launch in November 2006. From Moscow, Jonah reported on a tumultuous time in Russia's recent history, the final years of the Putin presidency, culminating in a carefully-managed transfer of power by Vladimir Putin to a hand-picked successor. He also reported on events in neighbouring countries, including Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus, all tied into their own struggles between Russian influence and the West. Jonah was able to chart Russia's economic resurgence, and with it the political confidence that Putin displayed to an increasingly wary West, while bolstering key alliance with the likes of China and Venezuela, as well as Middle East powers such as Iran.

His final assignment from Moscow was covering the five-day war between Georgia and Russia in August 2008. Jonah and his team were the first television crew on the scene as Georgian artillery pounded the South Ossetian capital Tskinvali, sparking off the conflict that resulted in Russia's invasion of Georgia.
Prior to working for Al Jazeera English, Jonah was a reporter for British satellite broadcaster Sky News. He covered stories including the G8 summit in Scotland, the London bombings in July 2005 and the 2003 Boxing Day earthquake in Bam, Iran.
In December 2005, he spent a month with US marines in Iraq's western desert filming the hour-long documentary, Raider Nation for Sky News.
Previously, with Associated Press Television News (APTN), Jonah travelled extensively in Israel and the Palestinian occupied territories during the second Intifada, and in other conflict zones such as Kosovo, Macedonia and Sierra Leone. He was also part of the agency's team covering the second Gulf war in Iraq.
In 2001, Jonah was among the first western journalists to enter Afghanistan immediately prior to the American bombing campaign, crossing the border from Iran and meeting Taliban fighters there. He was one of the first reporters to be 'embedded' with US forces in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 

Kamal Hyder

Kamal Hyder (Islamabad) has reported on a significant number of breaking news stories for Al Jazeera English, from the first assassination attempt on Benazir Bhutto in Karachi on her return to Pakistan, to her later killing while leaving a rally in Rawalpindi in December 2007. He has frequently filed from the North West Frontier Province, which has been the site of cross-border raids by US forces based in Afghanistan, and fighting between tribal factions and Pakistan security forces.

Pakistani politics have proved to be a rich source of news events for Kamal to report on, from the mounting political pressure resulting in Pervez Musharraf's eventual resignation and the election of Bhutto's widower Asif Ali Zardari, plus lawyers protesting on the streets against the sacking of the country's chief justice.

He has unique experience of reporting with CNN, AVT Khyber and for international print and broadcast media. In his former role, Kamal anchored Pashto and English programming on AVT Khyber, covering all the tumultuous recent events in Afghan affairs. He combined this broadcasting work with his daily contributions to the Frontier Post English language newspaper from Peshawar. 
Prior to that, as a CNN correspondent, Kamal reported from Afghanistan, covering events before and after the attacks on the World Trade Centre.
During this time Kamal cemented his reputation as an Afghan specialist with his fast and exclusive access to high-profile news stories, including the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas and the US-led coalition invasion.
Kamal has regularly contributed to Time magazine, the BBC, New York Times, the UK's Sunday Times, MSNBC, ITN, Nippon TV, FNS Korea, Switzerland's Facts magazine, Germany's Stern magazine, Brazil's TV GLOBO, the Toronto Star, and the UK's Channel Four News.
Kamal is currently writing a book that draws on recent events and many of the personal experiences that have shaped his career, entitled The Last Days of the Taliban


Amr El-Kahky
Amr El-Kahky (Cairo) built his career in international news with Al Jazeera and the BBC's Arabic services.
Amr has been covering all aspects of Egyptian life as Al Jazeera English's Cairo correspondent for the past two years; he has reported on major stories including the 2003 invasion of Iraq, where he was embedded with the American troops in the south of the country.
Amr later returned to cover post-Saddam Iraq and covered the assassination of both Mohamad Baqer al-Hakim, the leader of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, one of the country's largest Shia political groups, and Aqila al-Hashimi, a Shia member of the Interim Governing Council.
In 2002 he covered the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre from Washington and New York.
Before that, he covered Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. Amr has produced a range of special coverage and reports for Al Jazeera, including an edition of Under The Microscope entitled Afghanistan after the Taliban.
Previously, Amr was a broadcast journalist, reporter and producer with the BBC's radio and television Arabic services, to which he moved from the Egyptian News Publishing Group Akhbar El-Youm.

Zeina Khodr
Since the launch of Al Jazeera English, Zeina Khodr (Doha) has covered the instability in Lebanon as a result of the political crisis. She has reported extensively on political leadership vacuum, the bombings, political assassinations and faction fighting.

She covered four-months of battles in northern Lebanon, at the Palestinian refugee camp Nahr al-Bared, between the Lebanese army and Fatah Islam fighters. Just two months before the hostilities commenced, Zeina was the first journalist to interview Shaker Absi, the leader of Fatah Islam, now wanted by the Lebanese state, as well as by Syrian and Jordanian authorities, on charges related to terrorism.

Zeina has also spent at least four months reporting from Afghanistan.

She has been working in national and international news for over 15 years with major organisations including Al Jazeera, MBC, Emirates Dubai Television, BBC World Service and CNN.

Based in Doha with Al Jazeera's Arabic Channel, Zeina worked for the network's English-language website and as a field producer for Nekta Sekhana (Hot Spots), the regular one-hour documentary programme.

Zeina has extensive experience of reporting on major stories across the region - a career highlight was her coverage of the 16-day war involving Israel and Lebanon in 1996 and the occupation of southern Lebanon.

With CNN's World Report Zeina won the 1998 Best Feature Award for her story on a traditional wedding in Baalbeck and in 1999 she was nominated for Best Political Story for her report on Israel's annexation of the village of Arnoun.

Zeina Khodr meets with tribal leaders in Khost, Afghanistan








Ayman Mohyeldin
Ayman Mohyeldin (Gaza) was based in the Doha broadcast centre, where he was a roving reporter covering the Middle East, before being assigned to report on Gaza, from where he is reporting on the Israeli offensive. He has reported on sectarian violence in Lebanon, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights abuses in the Gulf and on political and social issues from across the United States. In 2007, Ayman sourced and filed an exclusive report on voter irregularities in Egypt's constitutional referendum.

Before joining Al Jazeera English, Ayman was a producer with CNN, based for two years in Baghdad, where he covered the immediate aftermath of the US-led invasion of Iraq. While there, he reported on the daily struggle of ordinary Iraqis and embedded with the US military to report on the Iraqi insurgency. He was the only news producer allowed to observe and report on the US handover of Saddam Hussein to an Iraqi judge.

He has also produced exclusive reports from Libya, where he was the first journalist to enter one of Libya's nuclear research facilities. In Saudi Arabia during the 2004 Hajj, Ayman reported live on the stampede that killed over 200 pilgrims in Mecca.

Ayman began his journalism career working for the American network NBC in Washington DC, where he covered the inauguration of US President George Bush, the September 11, 2001 attacks and the war in Afghanistan. His work on a CNN documentary about daily life in Iraq and various documentaries he worked on for NBC News were nominated for highly prestigious American Emmy awards.

Ayman Mohyeldin reporting from Gaza City during the Israeli offensive in January 2009

Nazanine Moshiri
During the past two years Nazanine Moshiri (London) has covered some of Al Jazeera English's biggest news stories, including being among a group of correspondents reporting from all sides of the conflict between Russia and Georgia. She was among the first journalists to get to Tskinvali, and her report from there has been put forward for a number of awards.

Nazanine has also interviewed a number of key world figures including Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Dr Ali Larijani, Iran's former chief nuclear negotiator, plus the former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan. In addition to reporting from Europe, Nazanine has also travelled to Afghanistan and Iran.

Prior to joining Al Jazeera English, Nazanine was both a presenter and a report for ITV News in the UK.  During her time there, Nazanine reported on the July 2005 London bombings, the arrest of the July 21 bombers and the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian national who was shot dead in a London underground station by Metropolitan Police officers in an apparent case of mistaken identity. As a presenter she was also the face of ITV's Morning News and a regular presenter of ITV's London Today. Before joining ITV News, Nazanine was a reporter at BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, where she became the first broadcaster to interview Ian Huntley, the 'Soham murderer,' who killed two 10-year-old girls in August 2002; her interview was used as evidence at his Old Bailey trial.

Nazanine Moshiri reporting from 10 Downing Street, the office of the British prime minister







Haru Mutasa
Haru Mutasa (Africa) has worked with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), CNN, Television New Zealand (TVNZ), Associated Press Television News (APTN) and the Star Sports Network.

As a reporter based in Harare, Zimbabwe, Haru produced stories on Zimbabwe for CNN's Inside Africa, Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and APTN.
She worked across the country to give international viewers first-hand accounts of the latest developments on the ground.
As a floor manager for SABC Africa during the March 2005 Zimbabwe parliamentary elections Haru managed and co-ordinated all live studio broadcasts that aired on the elections from Zimbabwe.
As an election producer for the SABC during South Africa's April 2004 presidential elections she analysed election statistics and translated them into stories to keep viewers fully informed as the results unfolded.


Yvonne Ndege
Yvonne Ndege (Africa) first discovered journalism as a work experience student at the BBC when she was just 14 years old.  From then, she knew it was all she wanted to do.

Her broadcasting career began as a researcher on the BBC's flagship investigative show Panorama where she worked on specials such as the 1998 bombings of US Embassy' in Kenya and Tanzania. She then became a senior producer on the BBC's Newsnight with Jeremy Paxman.

In 2003, Yvonne moved to on-air reporting where she worked for BBC Breakfast, BBC World and BBC Radio 4. Yvonne joined Al Jazeera English in 2007.

Lucia Newman
Lucia Newman (Buenos Aires) has 25 years of experience in television and journalism, which encompasses roles with the BBC, ARD, NBC, ABC, 7 Network, Sydney Morning Herald, Radio 2GB and CNN. An expert covering Latin America, before coming to Al Jazeera English, Lucia was most recently CNN's Havana bureau chief and correspondent.

Prior to her Cuban posting, she was CNN's senior correspondent in Latin America, and bureau chief in Mexico from 1993-1997, Chile from 1989-1993, Nicaragua from 1985-1989 and Panama in 1987.

She has reported on the Contra war in Nicaragua, South America's drug involvement and unrest in Panama under former dictator Manuel Noriega.

While based in Cuba, Lucia covered the 1998 Papal visit and the 1998 bomb attacks on Havana hotels, in addition to conducting several exclusive interviews with Cuban President Fidel Castro.

A recipient of many awards in journalism, in 2001 Lucia picked up the prestigious Edward R. Morrow Award for 'sustained coverage of Elian Gonzalez', the child at the centre of a heated custody and immigration battle in 2000 involving the Cuban and US governments. 

Dan Nolan
Dan Nolan (Doha) joined Al Jazeera English as Australia correspondent from Channel 10, where he was a news correspondent based in Sydney, having also reported for the channel from Brisbane and Perth. After spending two years in Al Jazeera English's Sydney bureau, he has now moved to the network's headquarters in Doha.

Since joining Al Jazeera English, Dan has reported extensively across the Australia-Pacific region as well as Afghanistan and Indonesia. From Kabul, he covered the 2007 South Korean hostage crisis before returning to Australia to report on the election that brought an end to John Howard's 11-year reign as prime minister.

His travels with Al Jazeera English have taken him to Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu and also Fiji, where he covered the 2006 military coup. He was the first international correspondent to secure an exclusive interview with Fijian coup leader Frank Bainimarama. In 2008, Dan covered the Beijing Olympics and also the impact of Georgia's war with Russia from Gori and Tbilisi.

Dan has been building on his experience gained with Australia's Channel 10, covering the London terrorist bombings from the English capital in July 2005 as well as uncovering stories in every Australian state and territory.


Nour Odeh

Nour Odeh (Ramallah) has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict extensively for more than eight years. As Al Jazeera's correspondent in Gaza since the channel's launch in November 2006, Nour was the only resident Arabic-speaking correspondent covering the internal turmoil in Gaza and several large-scale Israeli operations into the territory. Nour also covered the violent battles that ended in the Hamas takeover of Gaza in mid-June 2007. She also provided Al Jazeera's audience with extensive coverage of Gaza's electricity supply crises, as well as the breakout of Gaza's now chronic fuel crisis.

As Al Jazeera correspondent in Gaza, Nour participated in the first-ever special global broadcast between BBC, CNN, Aljazeera, and Sky News about then-abducted BBC reporter Alan Johnston. She also reported on the several audio and video-taped Alan Johnston messages released by his captors, in addition to reporting his eventual release in July 2007.

Nour has also conducted an exclusive interview with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in May 2007, during his last stay in Gaza before the takeover. Nour has also interviewed several Palestinian ministers, members of parliament, plus other key players in Palestinian politics, in addition to international dignitaries visiting the Occupied Palestinian Territory. She has been involved in a number of special Al Jazeera coverage events, including a Gaza Special and the Special Nakba Coverage – 60 Years of Division as well as the death of the world-renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Nour has also covered several international events, including the Annapolis Peace Conference in November 2007 and the Palestinian Investment Conference in Bethlehem in May 2008.

In June 2006, Nour Odeh's reporting from Gaza in one of Al Jazeera English's newshours won the prestigious Golden Nymph Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival for Best 24 News Programme, winning out over the BBC, CNN, Sky and other networks.

The Award recognised Nour for her groundbreaking reports from Gaza. With her team, she brought the suffering of the Gazan people to life when they were caught in the middle of a violent street battle between Hamas and Fatah. While shooting live in Gaza, Nour and her producer Ashraf Al-Amritti lost contact with the newsroom in Doha and were forced to rely on their mobile phone to continue reporting events as they occurred. Once the live video feed returned, Nour's cameraman, Iyad Al-Dahdouh, filmed the continued fighting while coming under RPG and small arms fire. Following the broadcast of the fighting on Al Jazeera, both sides in the Gaza battles agreed to a ceasefire.

From the West Bank, Nour has reported extensively on the daily struggles of ordinary Palestinians in the occupied West Bank as well as on success stories, achieved in spite of the difficulties.

Before joining Aljazeera, Nour edited and presented the English news bulletin for the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation.

Previously, as chief editor at Ramattan News Agency in Gaza, Nour was responsible for the agency's coverage of daily and breaking news as well as feature stories showcasing the lives of ordinary Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. She was also responsible for distribution to many international news organisations including Al Jazeera, CNN, RAI channels, EBU, LBC, Dubai TV, etc. In addition, she produced and edited written news bulletins to accompany each news transmission.

Before that, Nour who is fluent in English, Arabic and Spanish, freelanced for several news organisations including ABC Australia, RFI-Spanish, Brazil's Radio National, and Colombia's Radio Caracol. For these organisations, she covered major historical events including the passing of Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, the daily events of the Intifada, and the assassination of key Palestinian leaders.

Nour was previously director of communications at the Palestine Media Centre in Ramallah and has written a number of op-ed pieces analysing the situation in Palestine, which were published in a number of international newspapers.

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Marga Ortigas

Just one month after Al Jazeera English's launch, Marga Ortigas (Philippines) stepped into the global spotlight as the only international correspondent able to reach the devastated areas in Albay after deadly volcanic landslides there were brought on by a super-typhoon. 

Al Jazeera English has covered the on-going conflict between Muslim separatists and the Philippines government more than any other international news agency, with Marga reporting the story from all angles in an effort to help unravel the conflict's many complexities and repercussions. In an exclusive interview, she talked to the Abu Sayyaf fighters, the first time any of them have spoken to the press in years. She has also covered the story from the perspective of those who live in constant fear of the fighters.

In addition to the Philippines, Marga has also reported on the massive oil spill in South Korea, the UXO disaster that is Laos and, more recently, the military stand-off on the border between Cambodia and Thailand due to an ancient temple, where she reported from both sides of the barbed wire fence separating the two countries.

Marga began working in television news when she was just 19 and still at university. She went on to become an international news field producer, editor and reporter with CNN International, and an anchor, reporter and producer at ABS-CBN 2 News and GMA7 News in the Philippines. Among the stories she covered for the Philippines networks were the devastating Mount Pinatubo volcanic eruption in 1991; the departure of the US military from its bases in the Philippines; the first post-Marcos presidential elections; and the Papal visit.
As a producer and occasional reporter with CNN International in London and Baghdad, Marga covered major stories including the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath; the killing in Gaza of Hamas leader Sheikh Yassin; the Afghanistan peace talks in Germany; and the UK general elections. 

Marga speaks three languages and holds a master's degree in literature and criticism.


Barnaby Phillips

Barnaby Phillips (Europe) has a total of more than 17 years experience in television and radio journalism with Al Jazeera, which he joined in 2006, and his former employer the BBC.

Based in Athens, Barnaby has travelled extensively for Al Jazeera English. While he has reported from the United States and the Middle East, most of his reporting has been from Europe. Major stories he has covered include the political upheavals in Turkey, and Kosovo's declaration of independence.

Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Barnaby spent many years with the BBC, mainly reporting from Africa. In the mid-1990s he reported from Mozambique and Angola. He then spent three years as the BBC's Nigeria correspondent, based in Lagos, followed by four years based in Johannesburg as the BBC's southern Africa correspondent.

Barnaby has reported on many African wars, coups and famines, as well as the Aids pandemic. In addition to reporting on some of the problems plaguing African nations, he has also tried to show a more complex, and positive, side of the continent to an international audience.


Rob Reynolds
Rob Reynolds (Washington DC), Al Jazeera English's senior Washington correspondent, has more than 25 years experience in international television journalism. He has reported from over 30 countries, and from war zones including Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Russia and Haiti.  

Rob joined Al Jazeera at its inception and has extensively covered US politics and policymaking, including the White House, Congress, and Supreme Court. As the 2008 American presidential campaign has unfolded, Rob has followed developments, from the snowy fields of Iowa all the way to the Democratic and Republican Party political conventions this summer and beyond.

As the senior correspondent in North America, Rob has travelled widely and reported on a diverse range of subjects, from the exploitation of Haitian sugar-cane workers in the Dominican Republic, to the lingering health effects of Cold War-era uranium mining among the Navajo native people in the American southwest, to the controversy surrounding the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has reported from locations as diverse as Alaska, Venezuela, Montana, Mexico and British Columbia. Rob recently conducted an exclusive in-depth interview with US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen.

Before joining AJE, Rob covered the 2000 and 2008 US Presidential elections for CNBC. He was Moscow correspondent for NBC News during the turbulent Yeltsin years. He covered the first Gulf war and the war in Chechnya for CNN.

Rob has received an Emmy Award and a Robert F Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award for his reporting.

Alireza Ronaghi
Alireza Ronaghi (Tehran) chose an unusual route into journalism - he left school determined to be a doctor, but while studying medicine took up freelance journalism to earn some spare cash.

He qualified as a medical doctor in 1994, but realised news was his passion – so returned to college, this time to study journalism.

In 1999 he joined Japanese TV network NHK, and worked in their Tehran bureau for six years. In 2005, he moved to Reuters, and Alireza joined Al Jazeera English in February 2007.

Jacky Rowland
Jacky Rowland (Jerusalem) is an internationally recognised television correspondent, with experience of covering conflicts in the Balkans and the Islamic world.

She joins Al Jazeera from the BBC, where she held a number of high-profile foreign postings. She is probably best-known for her coverage of the former Yugoslavia.

In October 2000, she defied an expulsion order by the Serbian authorities, went into hiding, and emerged in time to cover the overthrow of the former president, Slobodan Milosevic.

Her reporting earned her a Royal Television Society Award in 2001. Jacky joined the BBC as a trainee in 1989.

In the subsequent 16 years, her career as a foreign correspondent took her to North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, Russia, Afghanistan and the United States.


Mohamed Vall Salem
Mohamed Vall Salem (Doha) was a reporter for Al Jazeera's Arabic network before transferring to the new English channel in 2006.

He has covered major news events all over the world - from the Tsunami in Sri Lanka to a general election in India and the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. He has produced two documentaries on the relation between oil resources and political conflicts in Sudan (the civil war in the south and Darfur).

Before joining Al Jazeera English he worked as political and cultural news editor with Al-Alam newspaper in Morocco. He holds a post graduate degree in English literature from Mohamed V University of Rabat, Morocco.

Kristen Saloomey
Kristen Saloomey (New York) has 15 years of news reporting from across the United States with NBC.
Career highlights include her stories on the election of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and the trial of the cell known as "the Lackawanna Six".
Kristen is a Lebanese-American who is experienced in print as well as broadcast media, in addition to her work for NBC she has written news for MTV, the youth-oriented American music television network.
Kristen has a master's degree from the Columbia University graduate school of journalism where she was awarded the CNN fellowship, which involved writing, producing and reporting for the network.

Mariana Sanchez
Mariana Sanchez (Caracas) is a distinguished war correspondent. She has travelled the world covering major world events such as the war in Kosovo, the conflicts in East Timor and Macedonia, the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the 'war on terrorism' from both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Before joining Al Jazeera, Mariana built her career with international news organisations including CNN Espanol, Panamericana Television, ATV, the Wall Street Journal Americas, UNIVISION and Agence France Presse.
Mariana has also done work for the Los Angeles Times and reported for Radio Monitor on the 2004 Afghanistan elections.
She also contributed to Radio France International, Mexican Radio Monitor, Peru's Caretas magazine, Mexico's Diario Monitor newspaper, amongst others.
In 1992, she received a prestigious Emmy award for her special series on children and guns in the streets of New York.

Mark Seddon
Mark Seddon (London) has an wide and varied range of experience from his work as an editor, journalist, broadcaster, political adviser and commentator.
In his former role as editor of the internationally-renowned weekly magazine Tribune, Mark was responsible for editing, commissioning and leader writing.
He has also worked as a commentator and diarist on the London Evening Standard and as a contributor to the Evening Standard, the Times, the Independent, the Guardian, Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and Private Eye.
Between 1997 and 2000 Mark was elected to the UK Labour Party's ruling National Executive Committee, and was re-elected in 2001.

Nick Spicer
Nick Spicer (Washington DC) has over 10 years of international reporting experience in Europe and the Middle East for National Public Radio, the BBC, CBC Television, and other major broadcasters and print publications. He has reported from most European countries, as well as Kosovo, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq and Libya.

He joined Al Jazeera English after spending three years in Moscow, reporting in English and French for Canada's public television CBC/Radio-Canada. Before that he worked out of Paris for National Public Radio, covering France and European Union affairs.

During the buildup to the war in Iraq, Nick covered the transatlantic diplomatic crisis and events at Central Command in Doha, Qatar. He then travelled in Iraq to cover attempts to reconstruct the country and the nascent insurgency. Spicer holds an MA from France's SciencesPo politics school, a degree in French literature from the Sorbonne, and a BA in English literature.


Sherine Tadros
Sherine Tadros (Doha) started her journalism career as Al Arabiya's senior producer in London, working across Europe for the Dubai-based network. She led the team for the UK general elections in 2005 and covered the London bombings the same year.
In 2005, Sherine joined Al Jazeera in London and a year later moved to Doha as a reporter/producer, reporting from across the world from the US to the Middle East. Highlights include covering the Hamas takeover of Gaza, the US presidential race and the seizure of Beirut by Hezbollah in May 2007.
Sherine holds two degrees in Middle East politics and taught undergraduate politics at SOAS, University of London.

Sherine Tadros reporting on the Israeli offensive on Gaza in January 2009


Step Vaessen

Step Vaessen (Indonesia) has been reporting on Asia for more than a decade. Since joining Al Jazeera English, Step has broken stories about hunger in West Timor, the alleged terrorist network Jemaah Islamiyah and political violence in East Timor. She was the first foreign journalist to gain access to Papua in the far east of Indonesia to cover stories about the struggle for independence. She and her cameraman were also the first television journalists to cover the story about religious restrictions in northwest China's troubled Xinjiang region.

Step covered the earthquake in Sumatra and travelled several times to Aceh, to cover the aftermath of the tsunami and the peace process after 30 years of war.

In December 2007, Step anchored the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali. She was the first foreign journalist to get an exclusive interview with President Yudhoyono.

Step joined Al Jazeera English from NOS News, Netherlands national television news, where her career spanned 15 years and she held several different positions covering Asia, latterly as bureau chief in Jakarta. She won an Academy Award in 2005 for reports on the tsunami.

An experienced video-journalist, Step has filmed the aftermath of the tsunami in Aceh in 2005 and after the deadly earthquake in Yogjakarta in 2006. She has also made numerous films, including a film about Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after the tsunami, and two films for Amnesty International about Aceh, one for the World Museum in Rotterdam on children at the garbage belt and a special programme for NOS about victims of the Japanese camps. 

Step Vaessen, Indonesia correspondent, on location in Papua

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