Sarah Omar Wali Adress: 7 Ahmed Wafiq Apt 10 Roxy, Cairo Mobile: EG(+20)109-320-3723 US (347) 443

-8577. Email: website: twitter: sarahnews
Citizenship: USA, Egypt WORK EXPERIENCE Founder, Product and Operations Manager CitJo Cairo, Egypt October 2011 – Present Brand creator for new online platform that gives citizen journalists the opportunity to monetize their content. Connect with both news organizations and contributors to market product and develop site. Lead team of developers and designers in creation of a website inline with journalistic qualities. Create vetting process and operation procedures to ensure accuracy of content and verify members. Developed training program for citizen journalists on basics of shooting and reporting implemented in the rural areas of Egypt. Producer Video Cairo Support Services Cairo, Egypt November 2011 – Present Produce 2 to 3 videos per day for Reuters client, adhering to Reuters reporting standards and style. Responsible for writing concise, well developed scripts based on breaking news and feature stories. Voice over and edit video packages using Sony Vegas for sale to Reuters clients and use on the site. Pitch stories, report, set up shoots, assist with script writing and oversee editors to produce Sama’nee an Egyptian bi-weekly 30-minute segment on start-up station 25. Freelance Reporter Cairo, Egypt November 2010 – Present Secure, record and translate interviews for Radio Netherlands Worldwide’s internationally recognized show “The State We Are In.” Pitch and write business analysis feature articles for Arabic Knowledge @ Wharton, the Wharton Business School’s Middle East journal. Freelance Production Associate, ABC News New York City, NY January – May 2011 From position in the Brian Ross Investigative Unit, assisted correspondents and producers in all departments covering the Arab Spring with reporting, translation and background for online, broadcast and radio pieces. Broke story of U.S. made teargas canisters used on protestors in Egypt. Pitched and produced stories for Brian Ross Investigates, World News with Diane Sawyer and Good Morning America. Columbia University Fellow, Arabic K@Wharton, AbuDhabi, UAE July 2010 –February 2011 Produced both print and broadcast business pieces for the website Arabic Knowledge@Wharton. Investigated business trends in the Middle East, and researched academic works on story topic. Secured interviews with high-level businessmen and government officials. Displayed a thorough knowledge of cultural norms and their impact on business practices in the region. Staff Writer, IBA Media Cairo, Cairo, Egypt June– December 2010 Researched, reported and wrote at least four feature articles per month on social, political and economic issues in Egypt for both magazines Egypt Today and Business Today. Investigated high-profile stories to provide untold angle. Reported on controversial issues affecting Egyptian society. Managing Editor The Caravan Cairo, Egypt February - May 2009 Managed all aspects of design and production for The American University in Cairo’s school paper. Transformed the publication from a newspaper, to a newsmagazine. Focused publication on news features that enhanced breaking stories on the website. Intern, Daily News Egypt Cairo, Egypt Summer 2008 Reported and wrote breaking news and feature length stories on taboo social subjects in Egypt in this daily subsidiary of the International Herald Tribune. Wrote stories on God, sexuality, drugs and other socially taboo topics. Story on female sexuality was the most emailed for three weeks running. Fellow, Adham Center for Broadcasting, Cairo, Egypt and Doha, Qatar June 2008 One of two undergraduates selected for an intensive 20-day graduate level journalism fellowship. Reported and wrote a story on police brutality in Egypt published by the Huffington Post. Interviewed bloggers, government officials and alleged victims. Gained access to and was expelled from the Ministry of Interior’s Human Rights conference on the topic, an invitation normally reserved for national papers. Producer, Adham Center for Broadcasting Cairo, Egypt January - May 2008 Produced all aspects of an award-winning film on Sudanese refugees in Egypt, Mujajaheen (Displaced). Wrote proposal, secured funding, found and interviewed subjects, filmed in dangerous areas of Cairo under tight police scrutiny and oversaw editing. The documentary was featured at the Cairo Refugee Film Festival.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE Account Manager, Ultimate Staffing Services, Washington D.C. Executive Recruiter, Global Recruiters of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA Human Resources Manager, American Halal Meat, Inc., Springfield, VA

April 2006 – May 2007 Feb. 2005 – May 2006 Sept. 1998 – Sept. 2002

EDUCATION Columbia University School of Journalism, New York, N.Y. August 2009 - May 2010 Master of Science, digital media concentration with coursework focused on neighborhood reporting, national reporting, developing interactive graphics and covering the Middle East peace process. The American University in Cairo, Cairo Egypt September 2007 - May 2009 Bachelor of Art in Mass Communication and Journalism, journalism concentration with coursework in print, digital media and documentary filmmaking. Coursework also included Arab media law, Arab history and anthropology, development, politics and poverty. Transferred from George Mason University. George Mason University, Fairfax VA September 1998 – May 2000 Undergraduate coursework in law, international relations, computer science and financial accounting. SKILLS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES Languages: Fluency in English and Arabic written and spoken. Programs: Final Cut Pro, Avid Liquid, Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign and Sony Vegas. Competency in Java, HTML, C++ programming, Adobe DreamWeaver.

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