Ayman Mohyeldin

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Ayman Mohyeldin
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Mohyeldin at the 2011 Time 100 gala
Born (1979-04-18) April 18, 1979 (age 34)
Cairo, Egypt
Ethnicity (Egyptian)
Education American University
Occupation Journalist

Ayman Mohyeldin (Arabic: أيمن محيى الدين‎, IPA: [ˈʔæjmæn ˈmoħj edˈdiːn]; born April 18, 1979) is an Egyptian-American journalist based in Los Angeles for NBC News. Previously he worked for Al Jazeera and CNN, Ayman was one of the first western journalists allowed to enter and report on the handing over and trial of the deposed President of Iraq Saddam Hussein by the Iraqi Interim Government for crimes against humanity.[1] More recently, Ayman has covered the Gaza War[2] as well as the Arab Spring.

Early life[edit]

Mohyeldin was born in Cairo, Egypt to an Egyptian father, and a Palestinian mother. He grew up in Egypt, and the United States. He has lived extensively in the Arab World with two years in Iraq (2003–2005) as a foreign news producer with CNN.[1][3] Mohyeldin received his undergraduate education at American University in Washington D.C., earning a BA in International Relations with a focus on the European Union. He received an MA in International Politics with a focus on Peace and Conflict Resolution. His graduate thesis was entitled "The News Media Paradigm in the War on Terrorism" was accepted by the International Association of Media Researcher's Conference in Barcelona, Spain (2002)


Mohyeldin in Gaza

Mohyeldin began his career in journalism working at NBC, as a desk assistant for the Washington D.C. bureau. Mohyeldin first major assignments happened shortly after 9/11.[3] In an interview with PRWeek, Ayman describes the opportunities that arose in the aftermath of 9/11: "There was a real shortage of people with language skills or expertise in the Middle East. Just because of my language skills and the timing, so to speak, I got a lot of experience. I was thrown into a mix of things that normally desk assistants at my level would not have gotten. I started working on some big pieces that had to do with investigating 9/11 and all kinds of international terrorist connections... I was doing translation mostly, but I was also developing themes or threads to stories that either had some Middle East connection to them or some type of Arabic language skills required. So it was an unbelievable experience at a really young age."[3]

Mohyeldin's coverage of major news events in the Arab World and Middle East include the Iraq War, the first multi-candidate presidential Egyptian elections in 2005, Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and the 2005 Palestinian elections in the Gaza Strip. He has covered the Sharm al-Sheikh resort bombing (July 2005) and the Jordan Hotel bombings (November 2005).

As a producer, Mohyeldin became the first journalist to enter one of Libya's nuclear research facilities after producing Col. Muammar al-Gaddafi's first interview announcing Libya would abandon all WMD programs.[3] Mohyeldin's work in the CNN documentary "Iraq:progress report" about the daily struggles of Iraqis during the war was nominated for an Emmy Award. He served as an associate producer for the NBC News Special that also received Emmy nominations for "Ship at War: Inside the Carrier Stennis" and "Inside the Real West Wing."[3] Mohyeldin has also covered the annual Muslim Pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca and was involved in the production of CNN specials "Islam: The Struggle Within" and "Hajj: A Spiritual Journey."

In 2008-2009, Mohyeldin covered the Israeli attack on Gaza. He became the first journalist to report on the intricate network of tunnels that were once used for smuggling of weapons and people across the Egyptian-Gaza border and are now a vital route into Gaza for medicine, food and fuel supplies.[4]

2011 Egyptian revolution[edit]

Mohyeldin covered the 2011 Egyptian Revolution for Al Jazeera English. On January 28, 2011, Ayman broadcast from the Al Jazeera news building in Cairo for several hours straight, reporting on the Egyptian protests as protesters and Egyptian police battled for control of the 6th October Bridge. On January 30, Anis El Fekki of the Egyptian Interior Ministry revoked Al Jazeera's broadcast license and forced the closure of their Cairo bureau, claiming the network was conspiring with opposition groups to overthrow the government. Ayman was one of five Al Jazeera journalists arrested and briefly detained by Egyptian authorities the following day, after the network refused to cease broadcasting upon the loss of their accreditation.[5]

On February 6, 2011, Mohyeldin was again arrested by the Egyptian military upon trying to enter Tahrir square. He was released nine hours later.[6][7][8]

On September 20, 2011, Mohyeldin joined NBC News, where his career began.[9]

In January 2012, Mohyeldin traveled to Syria to cover the months-old uprising. Among the cities he visited was Daraa.[10]

In the summer of 2013 Ayman extensively covered the removal of President Mohamed Morsi from power In Egypt. That fall he also extensively covered the Syrian civil war and the effects of refugees overflowing into neighboring Lebanon. Mohyeldin also covered the agreement of Syria to dispose of their chemical weapons program.


  1. ^ a b Al Jazeera Field Correspondents Al Jazeera
  2. ^ Hundreds die in Israel raid on Gaza Al Jazeera
  3. ^ a b c d e Interview: Ayman Mohyeldin Brand Republic
  4. ^ Gaza's underground lifelines Youtube
  5. ^ Al Jazeera Reporters Arrested Bikya Masr. Staff. February 1, 2011
  6. ^ http://english.aljazeera.net/video/middleeast/2011/02/201127160284430.html
  7. ^ "Live blog Feb 6 - Egypt protests | Al Jazeera Blogs". Blogs.aljazeera.net. Archived from the original on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  8. ^ "Japan nuclear crisis". BBC News. March 26, 2011. 
  9. ^ Stelter, Brian (22 August 2011). "Al Jazeera Star Correspondent Rejoins NBC". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  10. ^ NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin answers reader questions from Syria


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