Omar Rahman is a multi-platform journalist and commentator covering the Middle East. He has published articles in Foreign Policy, the Guardian, Rolling Stone, Vice Magazine, Al-Jazeera English, The Daily Best – OZ, The National, Al-Akhbar English, Alarabiya, The Majalla, Ma’an News Agency, and Bitterlemons among other publications. He is also blogging at the award-winning online magazine +972, based in Israel and Palestine. Before writing from the Middle East, Omar was a freelance television correspondent on contract with the Associated Press in Washington DC. He began his career in journalism as an intern with Al-Jazeera’s bureau in Washington DC.
Omar spent the past three years based in Ramallah before returning to New York to pursue a Master’s degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he is a White House Press Association scholar. He is also an International Fellows Program scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Policy (SIPA).
Omar has participated as a panelist in a number of forums including the United Nations International Media Seminar in Geneva and the Arab Latin American Forum to produce dialogue, education and cooperation between the Middle East and Latin America.
Originally from the Washington DC metropolitan area, Omar graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Foreign Affairs and a concentration on the Middle East.