Ethar El-Katatney is an international-award-winning multimedia journalist and published 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.
El-Katatney is the first Arab and Egyptian to win a CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year Award. She has also received the Samir Kassir Freedom of the Press Award and the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award, in addition to a journalism award by the International Center for Journalists.
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.
She has traveled and reported from over 25 countries, spanning the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. She’s written stories from China and Denmark to Russia and Ghana, interviewed ministers and sat on a panel with the president of Catalonia, reported from a slum in Sudan and a mosque in Russia and talked at dozens of panels and conferences worldwide. She is currently ranked as the #282 most influential twitter account across the entire MENA region.
She’s 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. While in Yemen, she published a book on her time in a Sufi school in Yemen. She’s talked politics with Charlie Rose and Chris Hayes, and discussed the Arab spring with house squatters in Latvia.
Born in Saudi Arabia, and raised in Egypt, El-Katatney has an BA, an MBA, and an MA in in Television and Digital Journalism from the American University in Cairo. She is fluent in Arabic and English.
She began her career as a student reporter in 2005, and in the decade since, has worked as a reporter, staff writer, columnist, researcher, blogger and producer. She’s worked at Egypt Today, the leading current affairs magazine in the Middle East, and at its sister magazine, Business Today Egypt. She was a researcher-reporter for the quarterly journal The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, and a contributor at Muslimah Media Watch.
She can be contacted at email@example.com