A Conversation With
Ayman Mohyeldin Of Al Jazeera:
Conducted by Lawrence Pintak, founding dean,
The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
Ayman Mohyeldin witnessed the Egyptian revolution on the streets of Cairo, anchoring hundreds of hours of the unfolding drama for Al Jazeera English. The Egyptian-American reporter, who also covered the Gaza war for Al Jazeera English, spoke with Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, about the uprising in Egypt, its impact on Arab politics, and the role of Al Jazeera in the Middle East and beyond. Their conversation took place March 30, 2011, at Fisher Studios in Seattle.
Ayman Mohyeldin is an Arab American journalist and a Middle East correspondent for Al Jazeera English. He anchored the channel's coverage of the Egyptian revolution, which started in January 2011. Mohyeldin was nominated for an International Emmy Award for his reports from inside Gaza during the Israel-Hamas war in 2008–2009. He has also reported on sectarian violence in Lebanon, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, human rights abuses in the Gulf, and on political and social issues in the United States.
Before joining Al Jazeera English, Mohyeldin was a producer with CNN, based for two years in Baghdad, where he covered the immediate aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. He was the only news producer allowed to observe and report on the U.S. handover of Saddam Hussein to an Iraqi judge, and has also produced exclusive reports from Libya, where he was the first journalist to enter one of Libya's nuclear research facilities. Mohyeldin began his journalism career working for NBC in Washington, D.C., where he covered the inauguration of U.S. President George W. Bush, the September 11, 2001, attacks, and the war in Afghanistan. He was nominated for Emmy awards for his work on a CNN documentary about daily life in Iraq and various documentaries for NBC News.
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