Susannah Walden

2019 Global Journalism Fellow


Susannah is an American journalist based in Beirut. She is currently the Lebanon News & Online Desk Editor at The Daily Star, the largest English-language newspaper in Lebanon. She joined the paper in April 2016, starting out as a copy editor and reporter before being promoted to deputy editor and then editor. While now working in print journalism, her early experience was in radio with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the BBC World Service. Her reporting in Lebanon has focused on the international community’s role in the country, while also covering environmental issues, LGBTQ rights, and women’s rights in the MENA region. Her interest in the Middle East began with her degree in Persian and Philosophy from the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies department at the University of Edinburgh, where she also studied Arabic, Middle Eastern history, and the politics of the region. She has previously worked as a French to English translator in Paris and as a project manager with several non-profits in London.

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