Jordan | News Anchor
Daniel Pearl Fellow | Host: 60 Minutes
A news anchor and correspondent for Jordan TV’s daily English news program, Farah Ajlouni was raised in France, Chile and Italy as an ambassador’s daughter but went against her family’s wishes to become a journalist. She has reported on issues ranging from women’s rights to the Syrian refugee crisis, from ISIS on the border regions to farmers facing irrigation problems. She also started a handcrafted goods non-profit to benefit poor Jordanians.
Ajlouni considers herself a “global citizen.” She aspires to not just report on the struggles and desperate situations in Jordan, but to engage with her audience and inspire viewers “to overcome difficulties and become active members of the society, maximizing their potential to achieve success.”
“Over time, rather than just covering a story, I used my journalistic instinct to identify people or communities I can help, to reduce poverty and empower women,” she wrote in her application.
Ajlouni sparked a national debate on the conditions for women in Syria after the station broadcast her interview of a refugee who had been raped. “The story helped me understand I have access to a tool that could be leveraged to help others,” she said. “But I also need to improve my own skills to be able to better tell their stories.”
While journalists in Jordan face intimidation, arrest, and imprisonment for writing articles deemed unfavorable by the government, Ajlouni said there are opportunities to “soften the gag orders” and to do stories that can influence new policies and highlight injustices.
Ajlouni has contributed political and financial stories as a freelance reporter and producer for The Telegraph and Al Jazeera and for other television stations in the Middle East and Europe.
Ajlouni, our second Daniel Pearl Fellow, is working at CBS News for 60 Minutes.
Read Farah’s blog post