Executive Director, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism
Rana Sabbagh is Executive Director at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) – the region’s leading media support network, spreading the culture of “accountability journalism” in nine Arab states since 2005. She has dedicated the last 33 years of her career as journalist, columnist and media trainer to promote free speech, independent media, “accountability journalism” and human rights. As former chief editor of the Jordan Times (1999-Jan 2002), she became the first Arab female in the history of the Levant to run a daily political newspaper. She was correspondent for Reuters International News Agency (1987-1997) as well as The Times (London) from 2001-2014 and helped establish Jordan’s latest independent newspaper, Al-Ghad. In addition to her post at ARIJ, her OP-Ed’s have been featured in the Huffington Post, she is a regular columnist for Al-Hayat and Al-Ghad and regional media consultant/trainer for Thomson Reuters Foundation. She is a former jury member of the following prizes: UNESCO’s annual world media freedom prize (2011-2014), Arab Media Prize (2014) organized by the Dubai Press Club and Samir Kassir Foundation Award for Freedom of the Press.