Saeed Kamali Dehghan

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Saeed Kamali Dehghan
Persian: سعید کمالی دهقان

1 May 1985 (1985-05) (age 33)
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom

Saeed Kamali Dehghan (Persian: سعید کمالی دهقان‎ born 1 May 1985 in Karaj, Iran)[1] is an Iranian-British journalist who writes for The Guardian.[2] He was named as the 2010 Journalist of the Year in Britain at the Foreign Press Association.[3] He currently writes for The Guardian as a staff journalist from its London offices and has worked as an Iran correspondent for The Guardian from Tehran in the past, especially in summer 2009.[4] He is a co-producer of the HBO's documentary For Neda[5] and was a recipient of the 70th annual Peabody Award for his HBO film.[6]


Antony Thomas, Saeed Kamali Dehghan and producer Carleen L. Hsu with a Peabody Award, May 2011

Kamali Dehghan was born on 1 May 1985 in Karaj, a city near Tehran, the capital of Iran. He graduated in 2011 from the City University Department of Journalism, with a Master of Arts (MA) in International Journalism,[7] after receiving a scholarship from Open Society Institute. His BA was in Rolling Stock Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology.

He has written in Persian, English and French for a number of different newspapers around the world,[4] including Le Monde,[8] Shargh and Etemaad. He covered Tehran unrest after the Iranian presidential election, 2009, for the foreign media including CNN,[9] CBC, France 24, Channel 4 and The Guardian.[10]


Saeed Kamali Dehghan is named as the 2010 Journalist of the Year at the Foreign Press Association. He also received the FPA award for the Best Documentary of the Year for making For Neda.[11] He is also a recipient of the 70th annual Peabody Award for his film For Neda.[6] He received a Peabody Award in a ceremony hosted by Larry King at the Waldorf-Asotria in New York on 23 May 2011.


Saeed Kamali Dehghan's first book, Twelve Plus One, was published in Iran in January 2017 by Ofoq publications. It is a collection of his interviews with 12 writers and one film-maker, including Mario Vargas Llosa, Paul Auster, EL Doctorow and David Lynch.[12] He has conducted several other original interviews with internationally known writers including John Barth, E. L. Doctorow, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Amélie Nothomb, Andreï Makine, Isabel Allende, Tzvetan Todorov, T.C. Boyle, Alain de Botton and Noam Chomsky.


Saeed Kamali Dehghan is a co-producer of the HBO's documentary For Neda.[13]


  1. ^ Saeed Kamali Dehghan's small biography in the Guardian, Global Radio News.
  2. ^ Batty, David (24 November 2010). "Guardian journalist wins award for Iranian protest coverage". Retrieved 13 June 2017 – via The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Saeed Kamali Dehghan named as the Journalist of the Year at FPA awards". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Saeed Kamali Dehghan". the Guardian. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "HBO: For Neda: Synopsis". HBO. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b "FOR NEDA wins Peabody Award". Archived from the original on 4 April 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Recent awards". City, University of London. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Abonnement Le Monde" Check |url= value (help). Le Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  9. ^ His work for CNN mentioned in an article in The Observer.
  10. ^ Censorship, Index on. "Iran: "I will continue to report, but I fear that I may be arrested" - Index on Censorship Index on Censorship". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Saeed Kamali Dehghan wins FPA awards for the Journalist of the Year and Best Documentary of the Year". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Maybe We Descend From The Trees: A reading with Fereshteh Ahmadi - What's On - Free Word". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Saeed Kamali Dehghan". IMDb. Retrieved 13 June 2017.

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