Taghreed El-Khodary

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Taghreed El-Khodary
Taghreed El-Khodary.jpg
Born Gaza
Nationality Palestinian
Alma mater American University of Cairo
Murray State University
Occupation Freelance journalist, researcher
Employer The New York Times (formerly) Carnegie Endowment (visiting)

Taghreed El-Khodary is a Palestinian journalist who is a visiting scholar in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment, where her research focuses on the future of Gaza. She is also a 2010 Heinrich Boell Fellow.

From 2001 to 2009, El-Khodary reported from Gaza for The New York Times. She stopped reporting for the Times soon after the Electronic Intifada reported that Ethan Bronner, the Jerusalem bureau chief of the Times, has a son serving in the Israeli army.[1] The Times decided not to remove Bronner from his position,[2] and El-Khodary resigned, saying she felt it was “not wise” for her to stay. “It’s risky,” she said in a panel discussion at the Palestine Center in Washington DC. “It’s very sensitive and I was really disappointed that [the New York Times] took this decision but they understand why I left.” [3]

Background[edit]

El-Khodary was born in Gaza and holds an undergraduate degree in communications from the American University in Cairo and an MS in mass communication from Murray State University, which she attended as a Fulbright Scholar.[4][5] El-Khodary later returned to the U.S. to take up a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 2006 as the Ruth Cowan Nash Fellow,[6] and again in 2010 as a Heinrich Boell Fellow and Visiting Scholar with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.[7][8]

Professional work[edit]

El-Khodary has worked as a radio reporter for Voice of America; television reporter for Al Jazeera; and TV news correspondent for Al Hayat LBC, in addition to work on individual documentaries for National Geographic, PBS (US), ITV (UK), and CBC (Canada). In 2010 she led a three-week mentorship program on election coverage for journalists in northern Sudan under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme and Linnaeus University’s Fojo Media Institute.[9][10]

El-Khodary came to public attention during the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict, when Israel prevented correspondents from crossing the Gaza-Israel border and she was among the few correspondents reporting from Gaza. She describes herself as among the "very few objective reporters" covering the conflict.[11] and was praised for the "in-depth, balanced coverage" of the conflict.[12] She feels that her identity, as a Palestinian, was useful to her reporting in Gaza because she was able to "live the story" [13]

After it came out that then NYT's Jerusalem bureau chief, Ethan Bronner, had son enlisted in the Israeli Defense Forces, and that the NYT refused to sack him after this was made public, El-Khodary decided to leave her NYT post.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Times fails to disclose Jerusalem bureau chief's conflict of interest ", “The Electronic Intifada,“ 25 January 2010
  2. ^ [Clark Hoyt http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/06/bill-keller-takes-exception-to-too-close-to-home/ "Bill Keller Takes Exception to “Too Close to Home”"], “The New York Times“ 6 February 2010
  3. ^ "Covering Conflict in Palestine: A Panel Discussion (Part 1)", “The Palestine Center“ 23 June 2010
  4. ^ January 19, 2009, Q. and A. With Taghreed El-Khodary in Gaza, By The New York Times [1]
  5. ^ Fulbright Focus, Winter 2003 Edition
  6. ^ Nieman Foundation Announces International Fellows for 2005-06
  7. ^ Boell Foundation
  8. ^ Carnegie Endowment
  9. ^ Fojo Media Institute
  10. ^ Carnegie Endowment
  11. ^ January 19, 2009, Q. and A. With Taghreed El-Khodary in Gaza, by The New York Times [2]
  12. ^ January 19, 2009, Q. and A. With Taghreed El-Khodary in Gaza, by The New York Times [3]
  13. ^ "Covering Conflict in Palestine: A Panel Discussion," The Palestine Center, June 23, 2010 [4]
  14. ^ A Correspondent for The New York Times Ends Her Reporting in Gaza—For a While (Report). Nieman Reports (Harvard). http://jezebel.com/5980365/thank-you-liz-lemon-for-being-you. Retrieved 5 August 2013.