Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian American journalist for Al Jazeera, has been imprisoned since June of 2018 by Saudi Arabia in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. If she is extradited to Saudi Arabia and not released, she will likely face an unfair trial in which she would be charged with inciting anti-Saudi and anti-regime propaganda via her journalism with Al Jazeera America. She previously had her work published in The New York Times, the BBC, and The Huffington Post.

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Shireen Abu-Akleh is a Palestinian-American journalist. She has worked for Al-Jazeera English as a Senior Editor, Jerusalem Correspondent and News anchor since 2004. Previously she had worked as a producer and editor with The Associated Press Television News, ABC News in New York, and The Christian Science Monitor in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] She has also been involved with women’s issues as well as humanitarian causes.


Shireen is a journalist and freelance writer based in Washington, DC. She covers both print and broadcast media, specializing in Middle Eastern and Arab-American affairs. Her stories have appeared on Al Jazeera English, The Washington Post Express, Forward Magazine Online and many others. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in International Affairs at George Washington University. Shireen was born in Jericho where she spent most of her childhood before relocating to Northern Virginia where she now resides with her husband.

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She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in California. Her family is from Beit Hanina, a suburb of Jerusalem. She has seven siblings who live in Jordan, Washington DC, Gaza and Canada. Career: She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service before she began working at Al Jazeera’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar where she has worked as a journalist since 2006.


Shireen was born in Gaza, Palestine. Her father was a construction worker, her mother a housewife. She graduated from Birzeit University with a degree in journalism. After graduation, she moved to Jordan to work as an English news reporter for Al Jazeera English and started working as a news producer and translator in Washington D.C. after two years of working as an anchor woman in Egypt and Jordan.

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Shireen Abu Akleh is a 49 year old Palestinian American. She was born on December 22, 1969, in Washington D.C., to a Jordanian father and an Egyptian mother. Her father became her biggest influence; he told her stories about Palestinians and Jerusalem that she cherished as a child, yet which she was later not allowed to see first hand.

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Shireen Abu-Akleh is a foreign correspondent for AJ+, based in Doha, Qatar. Before that, she was a senior producer at AJ+ where she produced a wide range of videos from stand-ups to long form documentaries. Before joining AJ+ in 2014, Shireen was a freelance broadcast journalist with her own radio show about Palestine, on KPFA radio.


Edward R. Murrow Award, Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and Emmy Awards for her work in CNN’s coverage of war and peace during Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as two Emmys for excellence in television journalism from New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association (APBA). She was also named One of 10 People to Watch by Newsweek magazine.

Shireen Abu Akleh: A Palestinian American Journalist for Al Jazeera
Shireen Abu Akleh: A Palestinian American Journalist for Al Jazeera

Net worth

$1.4 Million Dollars. Annual salary : $185,000 . Gender : Female . Ethnicity : Arab . Age : 32 years old . Marital Status : Single . Children’s Names, Ages and Occupations : . Education level : Ph.D (Expected) Middle East Studies from Columbia University in 2010-2011. Undergraduate Degree from Smith College in 2006-2008 with a degree in English and Arabic Literature.

Starting From Scratch

Born in Jordan and raised in Israel, Shireen was accustomed to living with conflict. I don’t really remember when I became conscious of being a Palestinian, she told me over coffee at her favorite cafe. It was just something that we had been talking about since I was five years old. After college, Shireen moved to Ramallah and began freelancing from there.

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No Fear

One of Shireen’s most memorable assignments was to cover Tahrir Square during and after former President Mubarak’s resignation. To be a journalist in Cairo on February 11, 2011, was to be witness to history, Shireen says. She wrote a gripping firsthand account of her time in Tahrir Square – right as she lived it – that helped define her career. No fear, no censorship and no lies allowed, she says.

A Family Legacy in Journalism

Shireen Abu-Akleh never set out to be a journalist. But, her parents’ love of writing and her own curiosity led her to follow in their footsteps. She began working at local newspapers while she was still in high school, and continued through college and graduate school until she landed a job with US News & World Report. After less than two years there, she was laid off and took a position as an editor with Al Jazeera English.

Her Commitment to Social Justice

Shireen Abu-Akleh is a journalist, author and media educator. She currently works as a TV presenter at Al Jazeera Media Network based in Doha, Qatar. In addition to that role, she is a graduate student of political science at Birzeit University in Palestine. Shireen also serves as co-president of Daughters of Abraham, an organization dedicated to building relationships between young women from different religious and cultural backgrounds.

Her Role at Al Jazeera English

I am currently a general assignment reporter/producer at AJE. I have covered stories in Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt and my hometown, Boston.

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