I’m a producer for CNN based in Abu Dhabi. I work mostly on long-form feature stories.
Before that, I was based in Cairo for five years. All in all, I’ve lived in the Middle East for over a decade.
Since joining CNN, I’ve covered some of the region’s biggest news stories from the field – including war, a coup, and plane crashes. I’ve also reported live on-air, covering topics from terrorism to technology. But I prefer to be behind the camera, working on documentary-style stories about compelling people and places.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces for CNN:
I trekked across the mountains of southern Oman during the annual khareef, or monsoon, when the desert turns misty and green. There I met a young Omani racing to save the last leopards of Arabia. There are only 200 left in the wild – and while filming we discovered that my subject’s own family members were involved in poaching the same animals he was trying to save.
Then there was the time I filmed in Jordan’s Wadi Rum, a wilderness of red sand that Lawrence of Arabia once described as ‘vast, echoing and Godlike’. I profiled several Bedouins who call the desert home. Their ancestors taught them how to sustain life in the harsh climate, but many are facing a new battle for survival: preserving their culture in the modern world.
Dubai isn’t quite as rugged. But I still loved putting together this documentary about the world’s largest shopping center, Dubai Mall. Over 75 million people visited the mall the year we filmed, making it one of the busiest places on the planet – attracting more visitors than Walt Disney World, the Eiffel Tower, and Niagara Falls combined.
My favorite stories explore internal conflicts of complex characters. Here’s a short documentary I produced that illustrates one man’s take on challenging taboos at one of the only tattoo parlors in the Middle East.
Here’s some of my work before CNN:
I witnessed three revolutions in 2011. First in Tunisia, then Egypt, then Libya. I spent most of 2011 reporting out of a small apartment next to Cairo’s Tahrir Square. There was a lot of tear gas. Before the Arab Spring, I worked on some lighter feature stories about life in Egypt. This short film was among my favorites – about growing conservatism in Egypt as seen by the spread of electronic prayer devices in elevators.
I’ve also produced and edited for National Geographic in Washington, D.C. And got a Master’s degree from the journalism school at the University of Florida.