Aidan White, Founder and President of the Ethical Journalism Network

Dr Zahera Harb Advisor


Dr Zahera Harb is a senior lecturer in International Journalism at City, University of London. Her recent publications include an edited collection titled Reporting the Middle East: the Practice of News in the 21st Century (IB Tauris 2017) and an edited collection with Dina Matar titled Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communication Practices in Palestine and Lebanon (IB Tauris 2013) and a monograph titled Channels of Resistance: Liberation Propaganda Hezbollah and the Media (IB Tauris, 2011). She is Associate editor of Journalism Practice.

Dr Harb has more than 11 years experience as a journalist in Lebanon working for Lebanese and international media organisations. She started as a news reporter and distinguished herself in particular in the coverage of war operations in the battlefield of South Lebanon. She was then co-producer and presenter of a popular socio-political programme (Khamseh Ala Sabaah, 5/7) before becoming one of the main news anchors at Tele Liban (the public service TV in Lebanon). At New TV she was appointed to a news anchor-editor post and hosted the main daily political show (Al Hadath). At Future TV (Pan Arab satellite channel) she produced and presented her own socio-political program (Ala Madar Assaa) while assigned as satellite news editor. She also produced several political and social documentaries for Lebanese TV stations and completed reporting assignments for BBC Arabic service (radio), CNN world report and Dutch TV. She hosted live coverage of distinguished political events inside and outside Lebanon. She contributed regularly to the Lebanese national daily Assafir.

Dr Harb was trained in Holland and the UK and has a BA in Journalism from the Lebanese University, a Diploma in Broadcasting News and an MA and PhD in Journalism Studies and Political Communications from Cardiff University.

Dr Harb was a member of Ofcom’s content board from December 2015 to December 2018. She has been a board member and trustee of the Ethical Journalism Network since 2015 and stepped down in March 2022.

She has been on the consultancy board of the Thomson Foundation UK since 2007 conducting media and journalism training in the UK and other parts of the world including Egypt, Malta, Spain, Armenia, Ukraine, Brussels, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.

Dr Harb has been commended by City University London Vice Chancellor’s Awards 2014 in recognition of Excellence in International Engagement.

She has been named Stanford University Humanities Centre International Fellow for 2014.

An interview with Arab media scholar Zahera Harb, Stanford Humanities Center.

Read more about Zahera on the City University London website. 

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