California-born Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is of Palestinian origin and while his parents are Kuwaiti he was raised in a number of countries, including Kuwait, Egypt, the US and Austria. He studied at the American International School of Vienna, Austria and Cairo American College.
He started his career in the United States as a news producer with the New York Times in 2008. He then worked at Qatari news channel Al Jazeera English for six months. His stint in Doha also saw him work as a reporter and producer for the Doha Film Institute, during which time he helped launch the first Doha Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2011, Shihab-Eldin created, produced and co-hosted Al Jazeera English’s social media show, The Stream. Shihab-Eldin holds a bachelor of science in communication from Boston University and in 2007 he graduated as a master of science in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is still associated with the institution as he works as an adjunct professor teaching digital media. He has blogged for the Huffington Post since 2008, the same year his master’s digital media project earned him a Webby Award for “Defining Middle Ground: The Next Generation of Muslim New Yorkers.”