Ethar El-Katatney is an international-award-winning multimedia journalist and an author. She is currently a senior producer at AJ+ in San Francisco, a global online news community that experiments with storytelling and social media strategies for an American millennial audience. 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’s worked as a researcher-reporter for the quarterly journal The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, and has contributed to Muslimah Media Watch, a website that critiques the representation of Muslim women in the media and popular culture.
In 2011, her op-ed “The Veiled Muslim Bogeygirl,” won the Samir Kassir Freedom of the Press Award. 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 and Arab to win one of the prestigious awards. In the same year, she was awarded the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award by Prince Albert III in Monte Carlo for her story Identity Crisis 101. In 2008, her investigative piece Dangerous Blood on Hepatitis C in Egypt was awarded second place in a competition held by the International Center for Journalists in Washington DC.
El-Katatney has been chosen as a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the Cordoba Initiative in New York, and as a New Generational Leader in Africa by the African Leadership Network. Forbes previously listed her as one of the best Arabs to follow on twitter, and she is currently ranked by Top100Arabs as the #28 most influential twitter account in Egypt, and #282 across the MENA region.
El-Katatney travels all over the world to report and lecture–from Japan and Denmark and Norway to Qatar and Ghana and South Africa. She attends conferences promoting interfaith and intercultural dialogue as well as various Islamic summer intensive programs. While in Yemen, she wrote Forty days and Forty nights in Yemen, which was published in the UK in March 2010. She is working on her second book, on Islam in China.
El-Katatney has interviewed the president of Turkey and talked on a panel with the president of Cataluña. She’s reported from a slum in Sudan and a mosque in Russia. She’s interviewed hundreds of people from all walks of life, and participated in everything from being a contestant on a reality television show to being an ambassador for the UN’s 10×10 International Day of the Girl. She’s talked politics with Charlie Rose and discussed the Arab spring with house squatters in Latvia.
Born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Egypt, and educated in Western schools, El-Katatney has an undergraduate business degree, an MBA, and an MA in in Television and Digital Journalism from the American University in Cairo.
You can contact her at email@example.com