Ramita Navai at the University of Birmingham, 2012
|Education||City University London|
Ramita Navai (born July 21, 1973) is a Emmy and Robert F. Kennedy award-winning 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.
After a postgraduate degree in journalism at City University, London, where she won the Broadcast Journalism Training Council Young Journalist of the Year award, Navai worked as the Tehran correspondent for The Times from 2003–06, where she covered events including the Bam earthquake, and parliamentary and presidential elections. She has reported from more than forty countries, including reporting for the UN in Iran, Pakistan and Iraqi Kurdistan. She has made twenty documentaries for Channel 4's award-winning current affairs series Unreported World. For ITN / Channel 4 News she has made various features, including investigating child trafficking in India, and police gang killings in Brazil. Her report Macedonia: Tracking Down the Refugee Kidnap Gangs won the London Foreign Press Association for News Story of the Year: TV award, the Royal Television Society for The Independent Award.
More recently she has reported on ISIS in Iraq (2017), and the UN Peacekeepers in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2018). She has written for many publications including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, the New Statesman, The Irish Times.
In 2017 she reported and produced the Frontline PBS documentary Iraq Uncovered, which was also broadcast on Channel 4 with the title ISIS and the Battle for Iraq. 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, and the Frontline Club award for Broadcast Journalism. It was also nominated for two Emmy Awards (Outstanding Investigation and Outstanding Research).
City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran
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. City of Lies won Debut Political Book of the Year Award at the Political Book Awards as well as the Royal Society of Literature's Jerwood Award. It was a Book of the Year in both the Evening Standard (2014) and The Spectator.
The stories are beautiful, and they’re so well-detailed and nuanced.
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.
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.
|2018||The UN Sex Abuse Scandal||Frontline PBS; Dispatches, Channel 4; ARTE
Awards: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award, Television - International
|2017||ISIS and the Battle for Iraq||Dispatches, Channel 4
Awards: British Journalism Awards: Foreign Affairs Journalism, and The Frontline Club: Broadcast Journalism Award
|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
|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|
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- Vivre et mentir à Téhéran, Stock, 2015, ISBN 978-2-234-07808-6.
- Stadt der Lügen. Liebe, Sex und Tod in Teheran, Kein & Aber Verlag, 2016, ISBN 978-3-0369-5750-0.
- Orasul minciunilor, ISBN 9789734657698
- Город лжи. Любовь. Секс. Смерть. Вся правда о Тегеране, 2018, ISBN 978-5-04-094684-6
- Miasto kłamstw. Cała prawda o Teheranie, 2014, ISBN 9788379618842
- "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.
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- "Done Everest. Next: earthquake relief". Christian Science Monitor. 2005-12-21. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
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