Jason Rezaian, Washington Post and CNN; Melissa Ehtehad, Los Angeles Times
As the profession of journalism has been attacked and undermined by the charges of "fake news" from the Trump Administration, many journalists are doubling down in the effort to cover important international news that is so often has sidelined by domestic daily headlines. Reporting about Iran and US-Iran relations, covering the "Muslim Ban" and its impact on Iranian Americans, as well as recognizing the current administration's policies in the Middl East, has made accurate and thoughtful coverage about Iran and its diaspora even more critical. Join us for conversation with Iranian-American journalists Jason Rezaian (Washington Post and CNN) and Melissa Ehtehad (Los Angeles Times), moderated by Dr. Persis Karim of SF State's Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, on why reporting on these topics is more important than ever.
Jason Rezaian served as Tehran bureau chief for The Washington Post and is now an opinion writer for the paper and contributor to CNN. His memoir about his imprisonment in Iran will be published in January of 2019. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife.
Los Angeles Times reporter Melissa Etehad is an Iranian American with expertise in foreign news with a particular focus on geopolitics in the Middle East, Iran and U.S. foreign policy. She has reported extensively on the issue of Iranian-Americans being detained in Iran.