Country: US (Egypt)
Still just 33, Ayman Mohyeldin has covered virtually every
war, crisis and political development in what has been a tumultuous decade for
the Middle East.
Born in Cairo, Mohyeldin studied in the US before taking up
a desk assistant position at NBC’s Washington bureau shortly after 9/11. He
then moved to CNN, where he covered the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent
uprisings in the country. Mohyeldin has also reported on Israel’s withdrawal
from the Gaza Strip in 2005, produced the first interview with Muammar Gaddafi
after the Libyan leader announced that he would abandon the pursuit of nuclear
weapons, and covered the Egyptian presidential elections, also in 2005.
More recently, he reported on the 2011 uprisings in Egypt
for Al Jazeera, and was one of five journalists detained by Egyptian
authorities after the Al Jazeera bureau in Cairo was closed down. Mohyeldin
rejoined NBC in September 2011, and has since covered the uprisings in Syria.