Whether you are filming a documentary or reporting news, stepping into a war zone has its risks, especially when you are a female. Atia Abawi has spent numerous years covering historic events in the worn-torn regions of the Middle East and Asia for major news networks. In conversation with AlJazeera reporter Ine´s Ferre´, Atia will share her unique insights and experiences of the life of a female journalist in conflict zones.
Atia Abawi is a foreign correspondent and author based in the Middle East. Atia began her career as a journalist at CTV 76, a local TV station in Largo, MD. After moving to Atlanta to work for CNN in Media Operations, and International Desk, Atia made her way to be CNN's Afghanistan correspondent and manager of its Kabul bureau. In 2010 NBC hired Atia to manage its operations in Afghanistan. Benazir Bhutto's assassination in Pakistan, the war in Iraq, Aung San Suu Kyi trial, the Revolution in Egypt, an exclusive interview with Hamid Karzai are some of the events Atia covered. Atia currently lives and works in Jerusalem where she wrote, The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan.
Maria Ines Ferré is a reporter for Al Jazeera America in New York with national and international stories now trending on social media. Prior to joining the Al Jazeera America team, she was a freelance national reporter for CBS News in New York. She was also a correspondent for CNN and CNN en Espanol from 2004-2010. She has covered presidential elections, natural disasters, and breaking news stories. Her interviews include Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
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Last updated: Nov. 17, 2014