About Me Personally
I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended Lower Merion High School. I have one brother and one sister. Since 2001 I have lived in Washington, D.C., Rome, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Cairo, Beirut and Amman. I have traveled to Spain, England, Ireland, France, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Jordan, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, Cyprus, Germany, the Czech Republic, Yemen and throughout Italy, Lebanon and Egypt. As you can see, I like to travel. Many places yet to discover!
I enjoy learning about world affairs and philosophy. I usually read fiction for enjoyment, but there are too many non-fiction titles I must read to gain a greater understanding of history and the world. I am passionate about social justice, resolving economic disparities between the rich and poor, affording universal and equitable health care and education, promoting unity within diversity and in general making the world a better place to live for all of God's creatures.
About Me Professionally
I am a professional journalist based in Beirut, but have spent most of 2014-15 in Cairo and Amman.
My work has appeared in a number of outlets, including National Geographic News, McClatchy Newspapers, AOLNews, Fodor's, Global Citizen magazine, CEEMA Business Group and Nile International television. I am formerly a video news Producer for Reuters-VCSS, a Researcher/Writer for The Economist Intelligence Unit and a reporter for Al-Masry Al-Youm English Edition and taught media ethics and mass media writing at the American University in Cairo. I was the founder and Editor-in-Chief of ICT Business magazine, a monthly technology magazine that I launched under the auspices of Mercury Communications. Previously I was a staff writer for Business Today magazine in Egypt. I have interned for several international news organizations including CNN, ABC, NPR and AP.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in business from Temple University in 2004. I was awarded the Jim Gardner Broadcast Jounalism Award in my final year of study and was the founder and president of the university's chapter of the Radio and Television News Directors' Association. I am among the youngest members of Temple's School of Communications and Theater list of notable alumni.
I attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where I received a Master's of Science degree in Journalism in 2005. During my time there I received the Lilly Foundation Award, the Board of Advisors Scholarship, the Medill Editorial Scholarship and third place in the Society of Professional Journalists' General Reporting category. I also filmed, wrote and edited a half hour documentary on HIV/AIDS and Christianity.
At the American University of Beirut, I completed a Master's of Arts from the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CASAR). There I was a graduate assistant at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research and at CASAR. My final project was A Photographic Essay of Advertising and Public Space in Egypt and Lebanon.
At AUC I taught multimedia writing and media ethics. Although I was an adjunct faculty member, I was quite active on campus. I helped form and was the publications advisor for the OneAUC Program, which brought together a number of offices and departments in the university to spread intercultural understanding and foster self-awareness to help students become mature, open-minded adults. I helped a group of students create a group called Students Support Staff, which provided activities and education for workers at AUC, under the belief that all the members of the university's community are valuable. I also launched the Bridge Program, a weekly series of sessions to bridge the cultural divide on campus by fostering intercultural discussions and relationships.