Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 24, 2016 in Blog
Photo courtesy of CNN

Hala Gorani, who considers her role to be the "eyes and ears of the people who are not there" has been able to galvanize global empathy for some of the world’s most tragic events. In her 22 years of journalism and field reporting, Gorani has reported from every country in the Middle East, and is often among the first reporters on the ground. Her coverage has resulted in many honors including an Edward R. Murrow Award for her coverage of the Lebanon-Israel War in 2006, a Golden Nymph for the Haiti earthquake in 2010, an Emmy for the Egyptian Revolution in 2011, and a Peabody for the Arab Spring in 2012.

Although often ignoring the dangers around her, Gorani’s mother is keenly aware and checks in so often that Gorani programmed a daily text message reading, "Hello mum, just to let you know that I'm fine." Traveling is not new to her parents though who are of French and Syrian descent. After living in Seattle, their family moved to Algeria and then Paris, often traveling to Aleppo to visit family. From her travel and upbringing, Gorani is fluent in English, Arabic and French. She studied at George Mason University in Virginia and Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Hala’s career in journalism began with writing and covering stories for numerous French newspapers and networks. She then became a London-based anchor and correspondent for CNN in 1998 where she cohosted “Your World Today” and anchored “Inside the Middle East" and “International Desk.” In celebration of CNN's 25th anniversary, Gorani reported a series called “Eye on the Middle East,” which brought the histories, cultures, and issues of countries such as Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon, Israel, and Morocco into viewer homes. Gorani currently anchors “The World Right Now with Hala Gorani.”

Her work has been quintessential to CNN’s coverage of the Arab World and major stories, issues, and developments around the world. In 2015 Gorani made Forbes Middle East’s most powerful women list and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from George Mason University. She also won The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Award for her coverage of LGBTQ life in the Middle East and won two News and Documentary Emmy’s for outstanding news coverage.

Gorani’s career has taken her all around the world. "I witness the worst things happening in humanity” she stated in an interview, “and yet you still come across these beacons of courage and decency and it makes you a better person.

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