Mariam Sami is a Knight International Journalism Fellow who led a project in Lebanon that produced television documentaries on social issues in the region. Sami led another project that built the first online network for young journalists in Syria.
A media consultant based in Cairo, she has worked for news outlets throughout the Middle East. Most recently, Sami worked at Al-Jazeera English, where she oversaw story assignments and the production process of one of the network's weekly programs. She was an editor at two Dubai-based newspapers, Emirates Today and the Gulf News, and worked as bulletin editor at Dubai TV's The Business Channel. In the 1990s, she spent nine years as a Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press.
Sami was granted a Reuters Foundation Fellowship in 2005 at Oxford University's Green College. As an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow in 1997, she wrote for the City section of The New York Times. She holds a BA in English literature from El-Mansoura University, and an M.A. in journalism and mass communications from the American University in Cairo. Sami is fluent in Arabic, English and Serbo-Croatian.