NAYA | Youmna Naufal: Accomplished journalist and founder of “Y Chats”

During the latest Lebanese elections, Naufal was one of the most influential personalities reporting through her coverage of personal meetings with candidates from diverse political affiliations.
by Tala Ramadan

5 November 2018 | 17:09

Source: by Annahar

  • by Tala Ramadan
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 5 November 2018 | 17:09

This photo shows Youmna Naufal. (HO)

BEIRUT: With her warm, engaging and clear discussions, Youmna Naufal is steadfast in engaging young citizens in what is happening around them and the world. 

Naufal is the founder and host of the program "Y Chats,” the first Lebanese social dialogue program where she deals with a variety of political, social and cultural topics while hosting a diverse group of guests.

“I worked in law, business, and politics but I loved the fast pace of the current - it's fresh, and the involvement with people you get when you are working in journalism,” Naufal told Annahar. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations and International Business Management from New York University, but her passion for journalism incorporated her ideal job, in which she shares her media skills with others.

Naufal entered the media sphere when she started working with former CBS News Vice President at NYU Tonight as a movie reviewer, and then came to Lebanon, doing an internship at Future TV before being quickly promoted.

Given the public-service dimensions to a journalist, Naufal worked with high ethical standards to deliver objectivity in each journalistic product she produced.

She was the head of the English news at Future TV, where she directed and broadcasted the daily news bulletin and conducted direct interviews with political figures and analysts in light of the current situations in the region. Naufal previously presented and hosted a series of special shows for the news station, including Inspirational Women Series, Summer Insights and Entrepreneurial Minds. 

Along with hosting her show, Naufal also undertakes international correspondence work; she is the Beirut correspondent for Chinese channel CCTV and the Turkish TRT channel.

To date, she has interviewed more than 450 people while meeting numerous prominent figures such as the UN emissary in Iraq Nikolai Maladinov, US Senator John McCain and was the first journalist in the Middle East to interview Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange after the US Elections.

During the latest Lebanese elections, Naufal was one of the most influential personalities reporting through her coverage of personal meetings with candidates from diverse political affiliations.

Naufal established herself as a leading voice in journalism especially to young people, “Youmna Naufal is one of the very few journalists who has managed brilliantly to combine good-old journalism with digitization and social media without ridding herself of traditional journalism values,” Fatima Al Mahmoud, a young journalist, told Annahar.

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