I’m a journalist and author, based between New York City and Beirut, Lebanon. An alumna of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, I’ve reported feature stories and produced news pieces for outlets including The Atlantic, The  Washington Post, NBC News, The Nation, NewsweekEsquireNew York, The Daily Beast, Harpers, Foreign Policy, The New Statesman, Village Voice, VICE and Vox.com. My goal is to write about people existing in extreme circumstances. Instead of focusing exclusively on the politics of conflict, I try to convey how political strife affects the humans involved. 

I’ve covered a wide range of topics, including the war against ISIS in Iraq, child suicide among Syrian refugees, and Hezbollah’s position in Lebanon. In Egypt and Turkey, I reported on anti-government protests. It’s important to me that my readers experience the ways in which regimes impact those they govern. I’m also fascinated with issues of gender and sexuality, and my interest has led me to examine LGBT rights in the Middle East, as well as investigate human trafficking in the region. My book The Hostage’s Daughter was published by HarperCollins on October 4, 2016. It’s a reported investigation of my father Terry Anderson’s kidnapping and captivity, blended with my own memoir; in which I describe my journey to find and interview one of the terrorists who held him hostage.

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