Winter 2016 Careers Event

Working as a Foreign Correspondent


Columnist, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, and NY Bureau chief
Al-Hayat newspaper

Founder and Executive Chairman
The Beirut Institute



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

6:00-7:00 p.m. | Reception, Registration and Networking
7:00-8:30 p.m. | Program and Q+A

There will be a wine reception with light hors d'oeuvres

Hungarian Mission to the United Nations
227 East 52nd Street (between Second and Third Avenues)
New York, NY 10022


UNA Members: $10
UNA Student Members: FREE with current ID
Guests and Non-Members: $15

Is a Career as a Foreign or Diplomatic Correspondent for You?

Do you like current events? Are you curious and competitive? Do you like to write? Do you speak another language? Do you want to see the world despite some of the risks that one might encounter in today's turbulent global reality? At our UNA-NY Winter 2016 Careers event, your answers to these questions may point to a meaningful career as a foreign or diplomatic correspondent.

No doubt that becoming a foreign correspondent may be a job that appeals to many. But according to current stats, 80 journalists are killed in the line of duty each year, some are attacked and even jailed. Clearly, being a journalist abroad is more dangerous than it used to be.

However, if you still dream of covering the news in far away places (and have a sensibly courageous head on your shoulders), then join us for an evening with Raghida Dergham, a Lebanese-American journalist who is a columnist, senior diplomatic correspondent and UN bureau chief for Al-Hayat.

Raghida is Founder and Executive Chairman of The Beirut Institute, a cutting edge think tank for the Arab region and its global space, which held its first summit last October in Abu Dhabi.

As a frequent commentator on major networks worldwide, and recognized internationally as an pioneer Arab female reporter, Raghida will share knowledge from her career path, offer advice and rouse your passion for becoming a successful journalist.

Raghida Dergham is a columnist, senior diplomatic correspondent, and New York bureau chief for the London-based Al Hayat newspaper since 1989. She is dean of the international media at the United Nations. Dergham is Founder and Executive Chairman of The Beirut Institute, an indigenous, independent, inter-generational think tank for the Arab region with a global reach. An authority on strategic international relations, Dergham is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an Honorary Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. She served on the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum, and is a member of the Development Advisory Committee of the IAP the Global Network of Science Academies.

In addition to covering the crucial American-Soviet summits in the 80s, and the 27th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party, she has conducted hundreds of interviews with Heads of State and government leaders throughout the world, as well as moderated a roundtable of eight Presidents and Prime Ministers for UNCTAD in Bangkok in 1991.

Dergham is contributor to The Huffington Post, opinion writer for Al Arabiya English, and has contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsweek. She was a political analyst for NBC, MSNBC and the Arab satellite LBC for eight years as well as a contributing editor for the LA Times Syndicate Global Viewpoint.

As president of the United Nations Correspondents Association for 1997, Dergham was appointed to the Task Force on the Reorientation of Public Information by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and served as Chairman of the Dag Hammarskjold Fund Board in 2005.

Dergham is a frequent lecturer at universities, think tanks and business councils throughout the world. She has spoken at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Georgetown among other distinguished universities. She is a frequent participant in policy conferences and is quoted in several books. A recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards, Dr. Dergham is in SUNY's Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Alumna and has received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the New York State University.

She can be reached on Twitter @RaghidaDergham

Photo: Marlene Luce Tremblay

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