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Khaled Ezzelarab

  • Position: Associate Professor of Practice
  • Department: Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Brief Biography

Khaled Ezzelarab is a Middle East-based journalist who has been covering major stories in the region at international and pan-Arab news organizations since 2003. As a correspondent for BBC World Service, he covered internal strife and war in Gaza (2007 and 2012), the Houthi insurgency in Yemen (2009), the Egyptian uprising and its aftermath (2011 – 2013), the Syrian crisis (2012), as well as numerous stories about the social and economic developments shaping the region. He presented special programs in the run-up to the Egyptian 2012 presidential elections, as well as a weekly discussion program on BBC Arabic. In 2014 he was recruited by Thomson Reuters Foundation to lead its Cairo-based news website Aswat Masriya, where he introduced a new strategy focusing on digital storytelling of Egypt’s socio-economic issues leading to doubling traffic figures within six months. The following year he moved to Sky News Arabia in Abu Dhabi as a senior news editor, where he led with his colleagues the channel’s team of reporters and newsgathering producers. He joined The American University in Cairo (AUC) as an associate professor of practice at the Journalism and Mass Communication Department in 2020. In the following year, he started the Reporting History series of talks at AUC, which document oral narratives of Middle East journalists who have covered historical events. In 2022 Ezzelarab launched the historical journalism podcast Hikayat Masriyya, which examines 19th and 20th-century Egyptian society by looking at events that were the first of their kind, but then set the pace for enduring social change. He continues to publish in Egyptian and Arab media, focusing on the future of journalism, with particular emphasis on the opportunities and challenges presented by social media as it devastates the business model that supported journalism for decades. His work, particularly long-form documentaries, won a number of awards in Egypt and the UK.