Sherif Tarek, Egypt
Ahram Online, Cairo, Egypt (Home Newsroom)
Los Angeles Times (U.S. Host Newsroom)
Daniel Pearl Fellow
Sherif Tarek is a senior news reporter, feature writer, domestic affairs deputy editor and shift supervisor for Ahram Online, the English-language news portal of Egypt’s largest news organization, Al-Ahram.
Tarek, 31, is the first Egyptian journalist since the 2011 Egyptian revolution, to earn a Daniel Pearl Fellowship.
He joined Ahram Online in 2011, following six years of reporting sports, entertainment, political, economic and social news for a number of English, Arabic, and French publications.
In 2012, Tarek was chosen to attend a six-week Advanced Political Reporting program at the Berlin-based International Institute for Journalism, which is affiliated with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). He also attended several workshops on journalism and social media in Cairo and Rome.
During his fellowship, Tarek, who completed his journalism degree in 2004, will be hosted by the Los Angeles Times, where he wants to cover a wide range of topics – focusing especially on features and opinion articles.
“I believe I can pick up a host of new skills by working with different editors at the LA Times,” he said. “Writing features has always been one of my focal points, and I would like to establish myself as a columnist.”