Mona Eltahawy is one of the foremost female Arab journalists. The 43-year-old New York-based, Egypt-born speaker regularly appears on US television and in newspapers around the globe. Eltahawy is a columnist for Canada’s Toronto Star, Israel’s The Jerusalem Report and Denmark’s Politiken and writes often for The Washington Post and the International Herald. Previously she’d been Cairo and Israel correspondent for Reuters and reported from Saudi Arabia to China. She was the first Egyptian journalist working for a Western agency in Israel.
In 2010 the Anna Lindh Foundation awarded her its Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism and the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver gave her its Anvil of Freedom Award. In 2009, the European Union awarded her its Samir Kassir Prize for Freedom of the Press for her opinion writing and Search for Common Ground named her a winner of its Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle Eastern Journalism.title