Negar Mortazavi

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Negar Mortazavi
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Negar Mortazavi

1981 (age 38–39)
NationalityIranian, American
Alma mater
OccupationJournalist, Analyst

Negar Mortazavi (born 1981 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-American journalist and political analyst covering Iran in English and Persian. She is a columnist for The Independent[1] and host of the Iran Podcast.[2]


Mortazavi worked as a TV presenter at Voice of America Persian where she hosted a daily show that discussed current affairs with Iranians.[3] She has also worked for the International Center for Journalists in Washington [4], The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) [5], and the United Nations headquarters in New York[5]. She is a frequent commentator on Iran at MSNBC,[6] BBC,[7] PRI,[8] New York Times,[9] Aljazeera,[10] Huffington Post,[11] and other international outlets around the world. She is currently a columnist for The Independent [1].

In 2014, she launched a kickstarter campaign to visit Brazil to cover Iran's Team Melli presence in the FIFA World Cup for her Twitter followers as a freelancer [12]. The Guardian has named her one of the top 10 people to follow on Twitter for Iran issues.[13].


Mortazavi has been recognized as a MENA young leader in foreign policy by New America in 2020[14] and as a 2017 MENA Young Leader by Friends of Europe in Brussels, Belgium.[15]

Early Life[edit]

Mortazavi was born and raised in Iran and immigrated to the United States in 2002 to continue her studies. She has a Master of Arts from Brandeis University [5] and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Massachusetts.


  1. ^ a b "Author page on The Independent".
  2. ^ "Iran Podcast" (Podcast).
  3. ^ "VOA PNN Rooyekhat". Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  4. ^ "Perspectives on the Iranian Nuclear Framework Agreement".
  5. ^ a b c NIAC Welcomes New Media and Communications Staff at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-03-04)
  6. ^ "Articles on MSNBC by Mortazavi".
  7. ^ "BBC World Have Your Say: Syria "Stalemate", Rouhani's Iran & the UK Veil Debate".
  8. ^ "Negar Mortazavi on Public Radio International".
  9. ^ "Contributor profile on NY Times".
  10. ^ "Hurdles Still Remain in Iran Nuclear Deal". Al Jazeera America. July 2015. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  11. ^ "Contributor profile on Huffington Post".
  12. ^ "Tweeting the World Cup: Iranian-American shares Iran's World Cup with the world". Yahoo News. June 22, 2014. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  13. ^ Iran: top 10 people to follow on Twitter (Report). The Guardian. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  14. ^ "2020 Middle Eastern and North African American National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders". New America. Retrieved 2020-11-19.
  15. ^ "European Young Leaders, 2017". Friends of Europe.

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