Jamal Dajani is a Peabody Award-winning news producer, journalist, filmmaker, media development expert, and Middle East analyst. He's the co-founder of Arab Talk Radio.
Dajani was Director of Strategic Communications at the Office of the Prime Minister in Palestine and the Director of the Palestine Media Center. Prior to this, he was Vice President of Middle East and North Africa at Internews, an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide. At Internews, Dajani was in charge of developing and managing the overall MENA portfolio and regional offices, as well as establishing the strategic vision for Internews projects in the region.
Dajani was also Vice President of International News at Link TV where he co-created and produced more than 2,000 installments of Mosaic: World News from the Middle East, winner of the prestigious Peabody Award . In 2006, Dajani launched The Mosaic Intelligence Report, a monthly newsletter and MIR weekly video alerts, adding more in-depth and below the radar Middle East news analysis to Mosaic.
Dajani has produced and directed several television productions, including Occupied Minds, a documentary shedding light on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and Who Speaks for Islam?, both of which aired on Link TV and PBS stations. He also served as a consultant for PBS Frontline World's War of Ideas and author of The Arab Media Revolution.In addition to his weekly radio show, Dajani is a lecturer at San Francisco State University.
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Dajani is a frequent guest on several national and international media broadcast networks and has published numerous articles on the Middle East in many print and electronic media outlets including The Huffington Post. He was a regular contributor to the Listening Post on Al Jazeera English.
Dajani was a board member of New America Media, at the time, the largest collaboration of ethnic news organizations in the U.S. He served under Mayor Gavin Newsom on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (2009-2011). Prior to this, he served on the Immigrant Rights Commission (2005-2009) where he was the first Arab-American to be elected chair in 2008. He also served for two years (2003-2004) as President of the Arab Cultural & Community Center in San Francisco.
Dajani graduated from Columbia University in New York City with a B.A. in Political Science. He is fluent in Arabic and English, and conversant in Hebrew and French.
Media 64th Annual Peabody Award- Producer, Mosaic 10th Annual Webby Awards Honoree- Producer, Mosaic New California Media -Special Achievement Award- 2003
Community Institute for Middle East Understanding- Honoree 2011 City & County of San Francisco- Certificate of Honor 2010 US Census Bureau- Certificate of Appreciation 2010 State of California Senate- Certificate of Recognition- 2009 S.F. Immigrant Rights Commission- Certificate of Honor- 2009 Arab Heritage Month Gala Award- 2009 ACCC- Community Service Award- 2005
* Jamal was selected as one of the Prominent Arab Americans in Media & Communications in the 2008/2009 Arab American Yearbook. He has been featured or quoted in the following publications & media outlets:
The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, US News & World Report, The Chicago Tribune, The International Herald Tribune, Al-Monitor, Associated Press, Global Post, Rolling Stone, Columbia Journalism Review and many other publications.Read Articles
CNN Live Sunday, CBS- Sunday Morning & Evening News, MSNBC- News & The Nachman Show, KQED- On The Home Front, NBC- Nightly News with Tom Brokaw , ABC -World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, PBS -The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, FOX News with Brit Hume, Your World with Neil Cavuto, Univision, ARD Television-Germany, TV 5 Monde- France, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Abu Dhabi TV-UAE, Jordan TV, NOS Television- The Netherlands, NHK Television- Japan, and most Bay Area television networks. Watch Interviews
Radio: NPR -Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Talk of the Nation, On The Media, Day to Day, the Morning Edition & the Weekend Edition, Public Radio-Marketplace, CBC (Canada), KCBS Radio, KALW, KQED, KGO, Chicago Public Radio, WNYC, BBC World, CBC, Radio France, Swiss Radio, ABC National Radio Australia, IRIB Iran, Air America, Pacifica, Democracy Now, and others. Listen to Audio
Dajani is a frequent speaker on many national & international conferences and panels organized by schools of journalism and renowned organizations such the World Economic Forum, the World's Affairs Council, the Commonwealth Club, UNESCO, the Aspen Institute and South by Southwest (SXSW). He curated an exhibit on Arab media at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York (Paley Center) and served as a judge at the Emmy Awards.