onsdag 22 oktober 2008

Octavia E. Nasr, an outstanding arabic women

Octavia Nasr is CNN's senior editor for Arab affairs. She serves as an on-air and off-air analyst across all of CNN's worldwide platforms. She appears regularly on CNN/U.S., CNN International and CNN Headline News and offers expertise on issues ranging from Middle East politics and current affairs to insurgency, terrorism and radical Islamist messages and sites. She also contributes to a CNN.com weekly segment that provides audiences with in-depth analysis of breaking news and issues affecting the Middle East.
Prior to this position, Nasr served as anchor and head of newsgathering for CNN World Report. During her years with the program, she coordinated coverage and was responsible for contributions from some 150 international broadcasters from around the world.
In 2005 Nasr traveled to Lebanon and Syria to report on The Cedar revolution and its regional repercussions. During that trip she co-produced a series of reports for CNN’s flagship program Anderson Cooper 360°. She was instrumental in the 2006 coverage of the war between Israel and Hezbollah. In addition to running the Arab desk which monitored and analyzed dozens of Lebanese and Arab TV stations and on-line media, she traveled to the region and contributed to CNN’s award-winning coverage of the conflict. She continues to monitor the situation in Lebanon and report on the many facets of the political and military turmoil’s there.
In 2003, Nasr played a pivotal role during CNN's Operation Iraqi Freedom coverage. She managed the 15-member Arab desk and coordinated all Arabic translations for the network. She also served as executive producer and anchor of CNN's popular segment "Arab Voices" which aired several times a day throughout the war providing CNN domestic and international audiences with an inside look into Arab media and culture and how they viewed the conflict. Since then, her reporting on Iraq has included the fall of Baghdad, the capture and later trial and execution of Saddam Hussein, and the historic national elections. She also followed Arab and Muslim reaction to the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal. She has filed reports on the rise of the insurgency, the continued escalation of violence and terror attacks against coalition and Iraqi forces. She continues to track down Iraq’s insurgency, analyzing their many propaganda messages, websites and videos.
Nasr's experience and deep knowledge of the Middle East put her in the spotlight during CNN's coverage of September 11th and its aftermath. Shortly after the attacks, she spent months traveling in the Middle East region coordinating on-air appearances and forging exclusive newsgathering deals with media partners.
Nasr anchored CNN World Report and CNN International's World News from 1993 to 2003. Among the major stories she covered live were the Bosnian war, the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Japan’s Sarin gas attack, the Concorde crash, and every major step of the Middle East peace process.
Nasr is the recipient of the 2006 Excellence in Journalism award from the Lebanese-American Chamber of Commerce. She was honored CNN World Report’s 2003 Achievement Award for her numerous contributions to the program. Her work has also brought her with her colleagues recognition and many prestigious awards including: Edward R. Murrow for Continuing Coverage: CNN, Coverage of the Middle East Conflict; Peabody Award in 2005 for CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its Aftermath; duPont-Columbia University Award in 2005 for coverage of the Tsunami Disaster in South Asia; Golden Cable ACE Award in 1993 for CNN’s coverage of the Gulf War; and Overseas Press Club Award in 2002 for CNN’s post 9-11 coverage.
Nasr joined CNN in 1990 and served as an editor on the international assignment desk coordinating coverage of the first Gulf War. Before joining CNN, Nasr was a war correspondent for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation. She reported from the front lines of the civil war during Lebanon's most dangerous times for journalists. She was the first woman reporter to interview Hezbollah spiritual leader Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. Her journalism career began in 1985 as an assistant news director at LBC before becoming executive producer of news.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication arts from the Lebanese American University. She is fluent in Arabic, English and French.

källa: cnn.com

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