Media Moves

Syeed joins LA Times as assistant op-ed editor

December 9, 2021

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Nafessa Syeed

The Los Angeles Times has tapped Nafessa Syeed as an assistant op-ed editor. Syeed’s career as a journalist has spanned the U.S., South Asia, Middle East, and North and East Africa.

She begins Dec. 13.

She has reported and edited for the Associated Press in the Iowa and Washington bureaus, and was a national security reporter and Middle East correspondent in Dubai for Bloomberg. She also served as longform editor at Caravan, a New Delhi-based magazine.

She has also served as a producer for award-winning documentaries at Al Jazeera English and her work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, USA Today and Vice, among others.

She also co-authored “Arab Women Rising.”

Syeed is a visiting scholar at UCLA’s International Institute and the 2021-22 Writing in Color Fellow at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

She graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and holds a master’s degree in comparative literature from SOAS, the University of London.



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