Donna Abu-Nasr

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961 3 203352
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Bachelor degree (with distinction), Teaching of English as a Foreign Language, 1981, Lebanese American University.

Areas of Expertise

Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Work history

Fellow, 2010 - present, International Center for Journalists (Amman).

Bureau Chief, 2008 - January 2010, Associated Press (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).

Correspondent, Reporter, & Newswoman, 1987 - 2008, Associated Press (Beirut, Cairo, & Washington).

Assistant Instructor of English, 1981 - 1987, Lebanese American University.


Major achievements: 

Setting up the first bureau of Associated Press in Saudi Arabia and leading the coverage of the kingdom, including political developments, social changes and some economic reporting, 2008 - present.

Issues covered from 2004 to 2008: terrorism in Saudi Arabia; Yemeni efforts to fight terrorism, Yasser Arafat’s funeral in Cairo; Saudi municipal elections; aftermath of Prime Minister Rafic Hariri’s murder.

Issues covered from 1999 to 2004: Saudi Arabia following September 11; Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's 30 years in power; the October 1999 crash of an Egypt Air plane; the USS Cole attack in Yemen; and the Syrian-Israeli talks in Shepherdstown.

Reporting from Congress, the State Department and the Pentagon om domestic U.S. issues, namely national security and foreign affairs issues.

Awards and Distinctions

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowship, 1990.