Ramita Navai

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Ramita Navai
RN-Uni of Bham.jpg
Ramita Navai at the University of Birmingham, 2012
Born (1973-07-21) July 21, 1973 (age 46)
EducationCity University London
OccupationJournalist, author
TelevisionUnreported World
Websitehttp://www.ramitanavai.com/

Ramita Navai (born July 21, 1973)[1] is a Emmy[2] and Robert F. Kennedy award-winning[3] British-Iranian journalist, documentary producer and author. She has reported from over forty countries and has a reputation for investigations and work in hostile environments.[4]

Early life[edit]

Ramita Navai was born in Tehran, Iran. She moved permanently to London, United Kingdom, after the Iranian Revolution.[5]

Career[edit]

After a postgraduate degree in journalism at City University, London, where she won the Broadcast Journalism Training Council Young Journalist of the Year award,[6] Navai worked as the Tehran correspondent for The Times from 2003–06, where she covered events including the Bam earthquake,[7] and parliamentary and presidential elections.[8][9][10] She has reported from more than forty countries, including reporting for the UN in Iran,[11] Pakistan[12] and Iraqi Kurdistan.[13] She has made twenty documentaries for Channel 4's award-winning current affairs series Unreported World.[14] For ITN / Channel 4 News she has made various features, including investigating child trafficking in India,[15] and police gang killings in Brazil.[16] Her report Macedonia: Tracking Down the Refugee Kidnap Gangs[17] won the London Foreign Press Association for News Story of the Year: TV award,[18] the Royal Television Society for The Independent Award.[19]

More recently she has reported on ISIS in Iraq (2017),[20] and the UN Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2018).[21] She has written for many publications including The Times,[22][23] The Sunday Times,[24] The Guardian,[25][26] The Independent,[27][28] the New Statesman,[29][30] The Irish Times.[31]

In 2012 she won an Emmy award[32][33] for her undercover report from Syria for PBS's Frontline.[34] In September 2014 she appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.[35]

In 2017 she reported and produced the Frontline PBS documentary Iraq Uncovered,[36] which was also broadcast on Channel 4 with the title ISIS and the Battle for Iraq.[37] Iraq Uncovered/ISIS and the Battle for Iraq won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award (International Television), the British Journalism Award for Foreign Affairs Journalism,[38] and the Frontline Club award for Broadcast Journalism.[39] It was also nominated for two Emmy Awards (Outstanding Investigation and Outstanding Research).[40]

In 2017-2018 she produced and reported the Frontline PBS, Channel 4 and ARTE documentary the UN Sex Abuse Scandal[41] which was broadcast in 2018.

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran[edit]

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran was published in the UK by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in May 2014 and in the USA by PublicAffairs in September 2014. Based on extensive interviews and research City of Lies is an intimate portrait of modern Iran. It chronicles the lives of eight protagonists drawn from across the spectrum of Iranian society. It has been translated into five languages.[42] City of Lies won Debut Political Book of the Year Award at the Political Book Awards[43] as well as the Royal Society of Literature's Jerwood Award.[44] It was a Book of the Year in both the Evening Standard (2014)[45] and The Spectator.[46]

Reviews[edit]

Jon Stewart, The Daily Show:

The stories are beautiful, and they’re so well-detailed and nuanced.[47]

Anthony Loyd:

One of the world’s most exciting cities, as revealed by one of journalism’s most exciting women. Navai slips effortlessly into the boots of earthy, urban writer to tour Tehran’s ripped backsides in this intimate, grand guignol debut. She transports us through the Iranian capital’s multiple personas with deft and knowing navigation: never short of love for even the lowliest of her fellow Tehranis. An intimate and devoted portrait, lifting a beautiful truth from a city masked in lies.[48]

Eliza Griswold, The Sunday Telegraph:

A talented writer, she quickly sucks us in with her first character ... Navai has a reporter’s eye for the telling detail… this is a timely and beautifully written insight into the lives of Tehranis.[49]

Documentaries[edit]

Year Title Notes
2018 The UN Sex Abuse Scandal Frontline PBS; Dispatches, Channel 4; ARTE

Awards: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award, Television - International[50]

2017 ISIS and the Battle for Iraq Dispatches, Channel 4

Awards: British Journalism Awards: Foreign Affairs Journalism, and The Frontline Club: Broadcast Journalism Award

Nominations: Rory Peck Trust: Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs,[51] and One World Media: Television Documentary Award[52]

2017 Iraq: Uncovered Frontline, PBS

Awards: The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for International Television

Nominated: Emmy Award: Outstanding Investigation, and Outstanding Research

2012 Egypt: Sex Mobs and Revolution Nominated: Foreign Press Association Award (2014), One World Media Award (2013)
2012 Honduras and Mexico: The Lost Girls
2011 Undercover Syria Awards: News & Documentary Emmy Award (2012) Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine, Nomination: One World Media Award in the Television category (2012)
2011 Breaking into Israel Nomination: FrenchAmerican Foundation Immigration Journalism Award (2012)
2011 Burundi: Boys Behind Bars Shortlisted: One World Media Award (2012)
2010 Zimbabwe's Blood Diamonds
2010 Afghanistan's Child Drug Addicts
2010 El Salvador: The Child Assassins
2010 USA: Down and Out
2009 Sudan: How to Fuel a Famine
2009 Peru: Blood and Oil
2009 Papua New Guinea: Bush Knives and Black Magic
2009 Turkey: Killing for Honour
2008 Nigeria: Child Brides, Stolen Lives
2008 South Africa: Body Parts for Sale
2008 Bangladesh: The Drowning Country
2007 India: The Broken People Nomination: Amnesty International Gaby Rado Award for Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year (2009)
2007 China: Chongqing: Invisible city
2006 Guatemala: City of the Dead
2006 Malaysia: Asia's Slaves

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated Work Category Result
2003 Broadcast Journalism Training Council: Young Journalist of the Year Won
2008 South Africa: Body Parts for Sale Amnesty Media Awards: Gaby Rado Young Human Rights Journalist Nominated
2008 India's Trafficked Girls Amnesty Media Awards: Gaby Rado Young Human Rights Journalist Nominated
One World Media: Children's Rights Award Nominated
2009 Brazil: Murder in Sao Paolo (2008) Amnesty Media Awards: Gaby Rado Young Human Rights Journalist Nominated
2009 India: The Broken People (2007) Amnesty International Gaby Rado Award for Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year (2009) Nominated
2012 Burundi: Boys Behind Bars (2011) One World Media Award Shortlisted
2012 Breaking into Israel (2011) French-American Foundation Immigration Journalism Award Nominated
2012 Undercover Syria (2011) News & Documentary Emmy Award, Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine Won
2012 One World Media Award in the Television Category Nominated
2012 City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award Won
2014 Egypt: Sex Mobs and Revolution (2012) One World Media Nominated
2013 Foreign Press Association Award Nominated
2015 City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran Debut Political Book of the Year Won
2015 Macedonia: tracking down the refugee kidnap gangs Foreign Press Association in London: News Story of the Year: TV Won
Amnesty Media Awards: TV News Shortlisted
Royal Television Society: The Independent Award Won
2018 Iraq Uncovered (Frontline PBS) The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for International Television Won
Emmy Award: Outstanding Investigation Nominated
Emmy Award: Outstanding Research Nominated
2018 ISIS and the Battle for Iraq (Dispatches, Channel 4) British Journalism Awards: Foreign Affairs Journalism Won
The Frontline Club: Broadcast Journalism Award Won
Rory Peck Trust: Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs Nominated
One World Media: Television Documentary Award Nominated
2019 UN Sex Abuse Scandal (Frontline, PBS) Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award, Television - International Won

Books[edit]

  • City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014, ISBN 978-1-610-39519-9.
  • "Iran: Coming out from the Cold?" In Shifting Sands: The Unravelling of the Old Order in the Middle East, edited by Raja Shehadeh and Penny Johnson, 113–127. London: Profile Books.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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