About the "Covering a Revolution" Reporting Fellows
Get to know more about the aspring, young journalists who participated in the 2011 Reporting Fellowship in Cairo, Egypt below. For more about the program, visit our Media & Democracy page or read about our speakers and seminar leaders.
My name is Reem Abdellatif. I'm a 24 year old Egyptian-American living in Cairo. I grew up in South Carolina and began pursuing my journalism degree at the University of South Carolina. However, I later decided to transfer to the American University in Cairo in order to study and train in one of the most strategically located countries in the Middle East. Currently, I'm the business reporter at the Daily News Egypt.
Although my beat is economy, I cover a wide array of topics in Egyptian and Middle Eastern society.
Mohamed Abdelfattah is a journalist and multimedia producer currently based in Cairo, Egypt. Abdelfattah passion for journalism revolves around labor, politics, and human rights issues. His coverage of police brutality and human rights violations in 2010 earned him the 2011 International Press Freedom Award from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.
Abdelfattah has worked for various news organizations including Al-Masry Al-Youm, Ahram Online, Al Jazeera English and CNN. During the Egyptian revolution, he was the CNN team's producer in the coastal city of Alexandria and helped get all needed information to the outside world despite a communication disruption and government harassment.
Recently, he has been freelancing for a number of documentary films and media outlets.
Deena Adel is a recent graduate of Modern Sciences and Arts University in Cairo, with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication. She has contributed to several local and international publications including Ahram Online and The National.
Along with the political, economic, and social impacts of the revolution, she is also interested in the effects of January 25 on other aspects of life in Egypt, especially the revival of Egypt’s Arts & Culture Scene, and the vital role of women in post-revolution Egypt.
Adel has worked with several foreign correspondents during the past few months and has previous experience in publishing, advertising, and social media. She is currently completing a Digital Journalism Certificate.
Omnia Al Desoukie
Omnia Al Desoukie is a Daily News Egypt news reporter, working mainly on topics related to political parties, labour movement and corruption cases. Through the past few months her work focused more on changes in the Egyptian political and social sphere after the January 25th uprising. Previously, she worked with a number of news organization including the chinese news agency "Xinhua". She was also a "social media" editor ( or consultant or coordinator whichever you think is suitable) for 25 TV channel, a satellite channel launched after the uprising.
Omnia was also hired by Amnesty International to be their media consultant regarding launching their slums report and preparing the proper media strategy for their Secretary General visit to Cairo. Omnia is a graduate of Mass Communication School at Cairo University. Her favourite activities are playing chess, photography, travel and exploring new areas in Cairo.
Mai Shams El-Din
I'm Mai Shams El-Din, proud Egyptian and a journalist working for The Daily News Egypt, the country's first independent newspaper in English. I graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in 2010 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. I specialized in reporting human rights issues and news features about politics.
I always believe that journalism is all about voicing out the voice of the voiceless people. Too many voices I know, but here in Egypt and in many parts of the world, many voices are not heard despite the value of thoughts they have. People around me always wonder about my political affiliation, but I like to enjoy a special mix of affiliations that makes everyone around laugh at me. My dogma is Islamist, my heart is socialist, my mind is liberal, and my belonging is nationalist. I hope you liked the mix.
Ahmed Ebraheem Ateyya
I am a journalist at Al Shorouk Al Gadeed, a widely distributed national Egyptian newspaper. I am the recipient of this year's Special Reporting Award of Dubai Press Club.
I have worked as a freelance producer and scriptwriter for several documentaries for Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera International, and BBC Arabia. I took part in scriptwriting Al Tahrir 2011, a feature documentary about the 18 days sit-in in Tahrir Square that, which received the 2011 UNESCO award and was officially selected in film festivals in Toronto, Vienna Film Festival, and Abu Dhabi.
I am the co-founder of Wojood Media Production, a small media production company that has had Amnesty International, BBC Arabia, and the Embassy of Hungary in Cairo among its clients list.
Kim Badawi is a 31 year old male American freelance photo-journalist and portrait photographer of Egyptian, French and Slovenian background. Kim is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian but also has a clear knowledge of Arabic and Slovenien.
Born in Paris in 1980, Kim Badawi is American documentarian of French, Egyptian, and Slovenian background. Badawi began his career photographing the plight of refugee families from Mississippi to Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, while still interning for Contact Press Images and Magnum Photos in New York. Selected for publication by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Kim’s work appears in 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers (powerHouse Books, 2008).
Badawi's latest book The Taqwacores- a history of the American Muslim punk genre- is was released in by powerHouse Books, in September 2009 and has since inspired a film by the same name.
His work in photography has taken him to all parts of Europe, North America, Caribbean, Brazil, and now the Middle East. Kim is currently in Cairo as of the first days of the Egyptian revolution and has documented its progression and now aftermath from a unique perspective and vantage points.
Lauren E. Bohn is a multimedia journalist based in Cairo, where she's the assistant editor of the Cairo Review and a 2010-2011 Fulbright fellow. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University in May 2009 as a John W. Withers Memorial Award recipient and Presidential Scholar. She earned her master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she received Chicago’s Association for Women Journalists 2010 award for outstanding young female journalist. Her multimedia work has been published by CNN, TIME, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, Salon, Global Post, Christian Science Monitor, and Huffington Post among others.
Ben Brody is a New England-born photojournalist based in Northampton, Massachusetts. He graduated from Boston’s New England School of Photography in 2001. As an enlisted Army photographer, Ben spent more than two years in Iraq, photographing Baghdad’s descent into sectarian chaos, and later the 2007 troop surge. He is currently a correspondent for GlobalPost, working in southern Afghanistan. More examples of his work can be found at PhotoBrody.com.
Kristin Deasy is a correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, a U.S.-funded multimedia organization working in over 20 countries that lack a fully free press. She reports on developments throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia with a particular focus on issues related to technology, demographics, culture and religion. Originally from California's Bay Area, the 26-year-old journalist now lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic. Some of her latest work can be seen here: New Syrian Initiative Offers Facebook Users a Purpose, Yemen Protests and Tomas Sedlacek on Economics and Morality.
Sara Elkamel (1990) is an Egyptian journalist living in Cairo. Elkamel recently graduated from the Ahram Canadian University with a degree in Mass Communication. She has been working in the field of journalism for the past couple of years, chiefly writing culture stories for both Egyptian and foreign publications. Elkamel contributed to various local papers, including Daily News Egypt and Al Masry Al Youm English.
Elkamel also has work experience at the Guardian, where she contributed to culture, foreign, and features sections. In addition, Elkamel is an aspiring artist, participating in a few art exhibitions in Cairo and abroad this year. Elkamel is currently pursuing Graduate studies in Journalism at the American University in Cairo, and working as a freelance visual arts reporter for Ahram Online.
Read 'This is freedom' – Visual Art and the Egyptian Uprising, by Sara Elkamel.
Elizabeth Herman is currently residing in Dhaka, Bangladesh as a Fulbright Fellow researching the political and social influences of narrative construction, focusing specifically on accounts of the country's War of Liberation in 1971. The work has developed into two projects - the first an examination of the ways in which current political agendas have influenced retellings of the war within national history textbooks over time, and the second a photography and oral history project documenting the lives of women who fought in the Liberation War, examining the ways that conflict has shaped their outlook as the mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters of Bangladesh. She was also recently named a 2011 Finalist of The Aftermath Project for her work on the latter project.
Elizabeth recently graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. While at Tufts she completed and received Highest Thesis Honors on her senior honors thesis in Political Science, which focused on the examination of emerging representations of September 11th, 2001 in secondary school social studies textbooks worldwide. Elizabeth has been photographing since high school, where she spent countless hours tucked away in the darkroom. Since then, she has completed a number of photo essays focusing on various issues of human rights and social justice in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Hue, Vietnam, Ajmer, India, and Dhaka, Bangladesh, as well as in a number of cities throughout the United States. Elizabeth also runs a small blog focusing on the importance of narrative and language entitled The Stories We Tell.
Matt started writing for newspapers within his first days as a student at Boston University, and since then, he hasn’t stopped. He quickly became the youngest editor-in-chief of the independent paper at the school, and in four years he completed eight internships, including stops at The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Associated Press’s Tokyo bureau. During that time, he wrote stories and blogged about topics as diverse as they are memorable — abandoned horses in Connecticut, an obsession with facemasks in Japan, and the Obama-Clinton primary among them. After college, he went to work for Politico, where he has covered the White House for nearly two years, running the “44” page and tracking President Obama’s every move. Matt loves classical music, particularly from Russia, and isn’t afraid to admit that he reads science fiction.
Stephanie Rice is a freelance reporter based in San Francisco, where she has covered a financial scandal that led to criminal charges at a local community college, bizarre legal battles between residents and building inspectors, city workers partying with prostitutes on the taxpayers' dime and more. In addition to covering the Bay Area, Stephanie has reported from Egypt, Israel, Turkey and Sri Lanka. Stories include the plight of Egyptian girls sold into domestic servitude and a Sri Lankan charity’s attempts to rescue disabled children in the aftermath of the country’s bloody civil war. Her work has appeared in GlobalPost, The Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Agence France-Presse, California Watch/Center for Investigative Reporting and others.
Mohannad Sabry has been working as an independent journalist based in Cairo, Egypt since 2007 and has joined McClatchy Newspapers’s Middle East Bureau as a fulltime correspondent in early 2011. Sabry has been fixing and translating for foreign correspondents traveling and reporting through the MENA region since 2005; alongside English, Sabry speaks and understands a multitude of Arabic dialects. He frequently collaborates with internationally known media outlets and documentary filmmakers. Sabry has a keen interest in current events, politics and Human Rights.
Juliana Schatz is multimedia reporter. She started her career at the award-winning series Frontline, where she contributed to 11 public affairs documentaries. In 2011, she graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she recorded the narratives of immigrants, refugees, and young social media revolutionaries. Juliana recently completed a Kaiser Family Foundation fellowship reporting on public health for The Philadelphia Inquirer.