Nadia Bilbassy-Charters is a veteran journalist and Washington Bureau Chief for Al Arabiya News Channel, the most watched satellite news network in the Middle East.
Ms. Bilbassy-Charters reports daily on major U.S. events and breaking news from Washington and has interviewed a number of world leaders, including Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Presidents Yasser Arafat, Nelson Mandela, Mahmoud Abbas and Secretaries of State John Kerry, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell among others.
Prior to her current role, she was the Nairobi Bureau Chief for Middle East Broadcasting Center, MBC where she reported from the frontlines of conflicts, including the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the 1997 military coup in Zaire and the civil war in Southern Sudan.
Ms. Bilbassy-Charters has also worked for other major international news organizations around the world, among them AFP and The Independent Newspaper. She holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from City University in London and a Bachelor’s Degree in
Interdisciplinary Human Studies from the University of Bradford, UK.
Her work as a reporter and her role as Washington’s first female Bureau Chief for an Arab satellite news channel has merited recognition and speaking engagements. Her speaking events include the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Diplomacy at Princeton University, Yale University, Harvard University, the National Defense University and the State Department Project for Arab Journalists. She is a regular guest on NPR 1A program.
She is also a board member of IWMF, an organization that benefits female correspondents in Third World Countries. She is currently the President of the White House foreign reporters.
Ms Bilbassy is a citizen of both United States and the Republic of Ireland. She is of Palestinian origin. She resides in Washington DC, United States.