Naya | Joyce Karam: Breaking news on the spot from Washington

Karam has interviewed a number of U.S. leaders, including former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Joseph Biden.
by Tala Ramadan

12 September 2018 | 16:01

Source: by Annahar

  • by Tala Ramadan
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 12 September 2018 | 16:01

Karam during a recent guest appearace on PBS News Hour (Courtesy of PBS)

BEIRUT: In 2006, Joyce Karam witnessed what then became one of her favorite moments in her journalism career, when a Syrian regime delegation visiting Washington secretly met with members of the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC. At that time, Al-Hayat, the newspaper that Karam used to work for back then, ran a front-page story about the meeting. The print issue was banned in Syria for a few days, and she had to cancel a holiday trip to Damascus.

Such controversial incidents are among Karam’s favorite experiences as a journalist who enjoys treading the dangerous paths of her career, vowing to keep her vision fixated on honesty.

She’s a Lebanese Washington-based writer and journalist who has been following U.S. news since 2004, and who is now the Washington correspondent for The National. a UAE-based English daily.. 

Beecause of her astute international analysis of important issues, Karam has become a credible source to many readers and is a frequent guest on a variety of Arabic TV channels and radios. She has earned her reputation with meticulousness.

Karam has interviewed a number of U.S. leaders, including former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Joseph Biden, and wrote articles in which she identified a “puzzle” or interesting question, in response to which she made a clear and concise argument that is supported by well-chosen, relevant evidence, such as her article “How the Middle East sees Donald Trump.”

“Internal U.S. politics, the polarization between the left and the right, the regional feuds, the tweets, there hasn’t been a dull moment in the coverage,” Karam told Annahar.

She commented during conferences on important issues, such as the reaction of Iran’s nuclear deal in the Arab press and the concerns about regional turmoil’s increase, the U.S presidential elections, the U.S suspension of bilateral contact with Russia, and Obama’s full resumption of military aid to Egypt.

Adding to her list of achievements, Karam is also a columnist at Al Arabiya and a contributor for Vox and Foreign Policy magazine.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, and a Master’s Degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. “I knew I chose the right job when I got in trouble, ruffled few feathers in the school newsletter for writing about campus problems,” Karam said.

Karam combines the skills of a social historian and those of a novelist to come out with a narrative that satisfies people’s hunger for accurate news.

Karam looks at several role models for journalistic inspiration “it was those mentors that encouraged us to make a difference, to question authority, challenge the status quo and venture where others wouldn’t. Few names I followed and learned from in the Lebanese media then were Elias Khoury, Samir Kassir, the late Ghassan Tueini and Giselle Khoury’s show on LBC,” Karam told Annahar.

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