Ethar El-Katatney is an award-winning journalist, a blogger, and an author. She has worked as a staff writer at Egypt Today, the leading current affairs magazine in the Middle East, and at its sister magazine, Business Today Egypt. She was also a contributor to Muslimah Media Watch, a website that critiques how Muslim women are represented in the media and popular culture.
In 2008, her investigative piece Dangerous Blood on Hepatitis C in Egypt won second place in a program held by the International Center for Journalists. In 2009, her story The Business of Islam won the Economics and Business award in the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year award–making her the first Egyptian to win one of the prestigious awards. In addition, her story Identity Crisis 101 was the winner of the press category in the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award. In 2011, her op-ed titled “The Veiled Muslim Bogeygirl,” won the Samir Kassir Freedom of the Freedom Award in Beirut.
El-Katatney travels all over the world for conferences promoting dialogue between different religions and cultures and has attended Islamic summer intensive programs in England, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. While in Yemen, she wrote Forty days and Forty nights in Yemen, which was published in the UK in March 2010. It is available on Amazon. She is working on her second book, on Islam in China.
Born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Egypt, and educated in Western schools, El-Katatney has an undergraduate business degree from the American University in Cairo where she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She also has an MBA and an MA in in television and digital journalism from the same university.
El-Katatney is 24 years old.