Mona Eltahawy is one of the foremost female Arab journalists.
The 43-year-old New York-based, Egypt-born speaker regularly appears on US television and
in newspapers around the globe. Eltahawy is a columnist for Canada’s Toronto Star, Israel’s The Jerusalem Report and Denmark’s Politiken
and writes often for The Washington Post and the International Herald. Previously
she’d been Cairo and Israel
correspondent for Reuters and reported from Saudi
Arabia to China.
She was the first Egyptian journalist working for a Western agency in Israel.
In 2010 the Anna Lindh Foundation awarded her its Special Prize
for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism and the Estlow
for Journalism and New Media at the University
of Denver gave her its Anvil
of Freedom Award. In 2009, the European Union awarded her its Samir Kassir Prize
for Freedom of the Press for her opinion writing and Search for Common Ground named
her a winner of its Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle Eastern Journalism.