Class 9 (2010-2012)
Ali Reza Eshraghi, Iran
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Department of Communication Studies
Ali Reza Eshraghi has been working as the editor of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting and editor-in-chief of Mianeh website, considered as one of the most respected sources for Information and analyses on Iran which its stories are frequently syndicated and republished in media outlets worldwide. Formerly he was visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism and then the Institute of International Studies. He was also a research fellow at the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program at UC Berkeley. He studied Political Science and Islamic studies in Tehran. During his 13-year career in journalism, he has worked as the senior editor in some of Tehran’s most well-known newspapers, all of which have eventually been banned or shut down by the government. Eshraghi has been placed on the list of famous Iranian Op-Ed piece writers. He has received the Golden Pen Award at Iran’s National Press Festival and has served as a member of the jury of the Festival for several years.