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Mohamad Bazzi

The Nation

Recipient of the 2008 Award for Commentary

Mohamad Bazzi is Director of the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies and an associate professor of journalism at New York University. From 2019 to 2021, he was associate director of NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. From 2009 to 2013, he served as an adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), providing regional expertise and analysis. He was also the 2008 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at CFR.

Before joining the NYU faculty, Bazzi was the Middle East bureau chief at Newsday from 2003 to 2008, where he established bureaus in Baghdad and Beirut. He was the lead writer on the Iraq war and its aftermath. He also covered the 2000 Palestinian uprising, the war in Afghanistan, and the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. He previously served as Newsday’s United Nations bureau chief and as a metro reporter in New York City. His essays and commentaries on the Middle East have appeared in The New York Times, London Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Boston Review, Politico Magazine, Reuters, and other publications.

Bazzi has won numerous journalism awards, including the 2017 and 2016 National Headliner Award; the 2016 National Society of Newspaper Columnists Award; the 2008 Arthur Ross Award for distinguished reporting and analysis on foreign affairs, presented by the American Academy of Diplomacy; the 2008 American Academy of Religion Award for in-depth reporting on religion; the 2005 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize from the United Nations Correspondents Association; and the 2004 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

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