I am Middle East Editor at Al Jazeera’s AJ+. I am a broadcast journalist, specialising in Syria, where I have reported from since 2002.
I am an award-winning journalist. I won the Anna Lindh Mediterranean Journalist Award 2012-2013 in Berlin, for Understanding Syria, on the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show:
And my package on the Islamic State in Britain, for the BBC World Service, was nominated for the 2015 One World Media Award.
Here’s a selection of my best work, and some details of my background.
From Our Own Correspondent – Going Home: the Syrian refugees choosing the war-zone over the refugee camp
I have filed a series of reports for BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent. This is my dispatch from the Syria-Jordan border:
Formerly based in Damascus, I am a regular contributor on the Syrian uprising for Channel 4 News, Al Jazeera, Sky and BBC News (World TV, Five Live breakfast, Five Live morning report, Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show, BBC London, BBC Scotland, World Service radio). Internationally, I have done two-ways for Radio France and Canada’s CKNW Radio breakfast show.
BBC News Channel – What’s the army playing at in Egypt?
Channel 4 News – Damascus in Denial
Damascus and the second city Aleppo are islands of relative peace in a country at war with itself.
In Egypt, the capital brought the rest of the country with it, as it overthrew the regime. In Syria, the opposite is happening, writes Sakhr Al-Makhadhi for Channel 4 News.
Five months into the uprising and Aleppo feels like a world away from the army lockdown in Hama, just 90 miles to the south.
“It’s like nothing’s happening,” one resident tells me. Part of that may be due to inertia, part of it may be freeloading on the rest of the country’s revolution.
Whatever the reason, the rest of Syria is not impressed.
Index on Censorship – Where is the truth in the battle for Syria’s narrative?
This is a propaganda war, a diplomat in Damascus told the BBC’s Paul Danahar, “you can’t take anyone at face value now”.The war of words over the Syrian revolution has been brutal, and for some, fatal.
I spent three years as an ITN national radio reporter and newsreader (including reading dedicated bulletins for Classic and Magic FM). I was the Kiss 100 newsreader – broadcasting breakfast news on the biggest radio station for young Londoners. As a national radio reporter, my packages were sent to ITN’s network of 270 commercial radio stations. I also read the national network bulletins.
I co-produced a BBC radio documentary, Strange Bedfellows. I have produced and done live two-ways for Five Live and BBC Three TV. And I’ve reported at BBC Essex.
I started as a BBC News Trainee. After beating hundreds of competitors, I was one of only 15 journalists to be chosen for the BBC’s highly sought-after route to success. Past trainees have gone on to become some of the best known faces and most successful producers in broadcast news.