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Mona Eltahawy


Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning syndicated columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. Before she moved to the U.S. in 2000, Ms Eltahawy was a news reporter in the Middle East for many years, including in Cairo and Jerusalem as a correspondent for *Reuters* and she reported from the region for *The Guardian and U.S. News* and *World Report*. She is one of a few writers whose essays appear regularly in both the western and Arab press. Her opinion pieces have been published frequently in the* International Herald Tribune*, *The Washington Post*, the p*an-Arab Asharq al-Awsat* newspaper and *Qatar's Al-Arab*. In 2006, the Next Century Foundation awarded Ms Eltahawy its Cutting Edge Prize for distinguished contribution to the coverage of the Middle East and in recognition of her continuing efforts to sustain standards of journalism that would help reduce levels of misunderstanding. She has reported for various media from Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia and China. Ms Eltahawy was the first Egyptian journalist to live and to work for a western news agency in Israel. She reported on the terrorist campaign in Egypt in the 1990s and is familiar with the groups and ideology behind the attacks of September 11, 2001 and others since then. In November 2006, she was named Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC), her alma mater.