At Al Jazeera, Yasmine Ryan focuses on North African and French politics.
Before joining Al Jazeera, Yasmine Ryan worked for the International Herald Tribune, the international edition of the New York Times, reporting from France, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovnia, Italy and China. She was awarded an International Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2010 for an article on Algerian boat migrants.
She also worked as a video producer for the two papers, including collaborating with the renowned fashion writer Suzy Menkes to produce fashion videos from London, Milan and Paris.
Ryan completed her Master's degree in International journalism specialising in the Arab world with first class honours at the Institut d'etudes politiques d'Aix-en-Province. Originally from New Zealand, she earned her BA (Honours) at the University of Auckland, with a double major in political studies and French.
She began her career with Scoop, an independent news website in New Zealand, covering New Zealand politics, the riots in the Solomons Islands and the 2007 French presidential election. She has also worked for the Daily Star in Lebanon, covered the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen for TakePart (the digial division of the LA-based Participant Media production company) and attended the UNAIDS Conference in 2010 as a fellow of the National Press Foundation.
In 2004, she co-authored the book I Almost Forgot About the Moon: The Disinformation Campaign Against Ahmed Zaoui and has an ongoing interest in how so-called anti-terror laws affect civil liberties and the right to dissent.