Hala Jaber is a Lebanese-British journalist. She was born in West Africa and currently writes for The Sunday Times. Jaber was awarded the Amnesty International Journalist of the Year Award in 2003. She won Foreign Correspondent of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2005 and 2006 for her coverage of the Iraq War, and in 2012 for her coverage of the Libyan uprising. She co-won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for her work in Iraq in 2007.
Her first book, Hezbollah: Born With a Vengeance, was published in 1997. The book describes the rise and the political agenda of Hezbollah against the background of Lebanese history from 1970 to 1997. Her second book, The Flying Carpet to Baghdad: One Woman's Fight for Two Orphans of War, was published in 2009. The book chronicles her efforts to help two girls during the Iraq War.
In May 2015, NOW News, a Lebanon-based news website, published a trove of leaked e-mails from the Syrian Government of Bashar al-Assad. The leaked e-mails have revealed she has contacted and sought to protect George Chaoui, an EU sanctioned Syrian regime official, and member of the Syrian Electronic Army. Additional e-mails have noted that she is seen as one of a handful of "favorable" journalists to the government; due to her close ties to regime officials, and having interviewed al-Assad twice during the course of the Syrian Civil War.
Hala Jaber was married to award-winning news photographer Steve Bent, till his death, in 2011.
- Jaber, Hala. Hezbollah, Columbia University Press: 1997.
- Jaber, Hala. The Flying Carpet to Baghdad: One Woman's Fight for Two Orphans of War, Macmillan, 2009
- Jaber, Hala. The Flying Carpet of Small Miracles: A Woman's Fight to Save Two Orphans. Viking Canada. p. 279. ISBN 978-0-670-06961-3.
- Watson, Ivan. "Cyberwar explodes in Syria". CNN. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- Rowell, Alex. "Friends in the media". NOW News. Retrieved 20 May 2015.