Archive for the ‘About Us’ Category

About Us: Fariba Pajooh

November 5, 2008

Fariba is our chief correspondent in Tehran. She has been covering national politics and foreign policy for major Iranian news agencies and newspapers since 1999. She has worked at Shargh, Etemad Melli, Ham Mihan, Iran, Aftab Yazd, Sedaye Edalat; Shahr news agency, the Iranian Labor News Agency, the Iranian Student News Agency; and Gozaresh, a monthly magazine.

She is a member of the International Federation of Journalists, the Association of Iranian Journalists, and the Iranian Women Journalists Association.

Fariba received a bachelors in communications from Azad University, and a degree in architecture from Soureh University, both in Tehran.

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About Us: Kamin Mohammadi

November 4, 2008


Kamin is an Iranian writer, journalist, broadcaster and commentator who divides her time between Florence and London where she moved after leaving Iran as a child. She specializes in writing about Iran, particularly modern society.

She is passionate about bringing out the human elements of the stories we see, or more often don’t see, in the news. Kamin has co-authored the Lonely Planet Guide to Iran, edited glossy magazines, and published several substantial features for UK broadsheets.

Her first book, a family memoir and modern history of Iran, will be published by Bloomsbury next spring.

About Us: Thor Neureiter

November 4, 2008


Thor is a producer and editor of contemporary and historical documentaries. He has worked on programming for FRONTLINE on PBS, including “Showdown with Iran,” Parts One and Two of “News War: Secrets, Sources & Spin,” “The Last Abortion Clinic,” and “The O.J. Verdict.” He has also worked extensively for HBO and Ken Burns/Florentine Films. He divides him time between New York City and London.

He will be producing video programs and short documentaries for Tehran Bureau.

About Us: Muhammad Sahimi

November 4, 2008

Dr. Muhammad Sahimi is professor of chemical engineering and materials science, and the NIOC Chair in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In addition to his scientific research, which has resulted in four books and nearly 300 published papers, Muhammad has been writing about Iran’s nuclear program and its internal developments for many years.

His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard International Review, and the Progressive, among other publications.

Muhammad has been a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists since 1986, and a contributor to its Partners for Earth program.

Why Tehran Bureau?

November 1, 2008

Iran is one of the biggest news stories. But it is being covered by the mainstream media in sound bites or by information disseminated by Web sites connected to interest groups, political parties and bloggers with no experience in journalism.

The trend in journalism is toward specialization. But even as America’s central geopolitical position becomes ever more tied to the social, cultural and political conditions in the rest of the world, U.S. news organizations continue their contraction, closing or scaling back foreign bureaus, choosing to invest fewer and fewer resources to cultivate editorial and reporting staffs who can become, in effect, area experts.

The gap that has widened between the mainstream media coverage and the goings on in the region has contributed to increasing tensions between the West and East, dehumanizing the perception of Middle Easterners — Iranians in particular.

Tehran Bureau is a virtual bureau connecting journalists, Iran experts and readers all over the world. Our stories are written by Iranians in Iran and the Middle East, foreigners viewing or interacting with our culture for the first time, and hyphenated Iranians best suited to bridge the cultures.

Tehran Bureau is an independent news organization. It is not affiliated with any government, religion, political party, lobby or interest group.

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