Executive Producer, AJ+
I oversee award-winning documentary shows for Al Jazeera's online channel.
I've been in media for the past two decades. Much of that time has been spent in digital media, beginning in 2005 at The New York Times online news desk. I was later hired by The Press Democrat to launch their online news desk. In 2011, I moved to Egypt on a whim, where I reported on the revolution and managed a team for an online documentary.
In 2014 I returned home to help launch the app of Al Jazeera’s digital-first channel, AJ+. As Acting Executive Producer of Engagement, I led a team that helped build AJ+'s social strategy, becoming in its first year a top news video publisher on Facebook. I was among the first journalists to go live on Facebook – from the refugee crisis in Europe to Palestine.
I've been a manager in varying capacities for 10+ years. I established an award-winning field team at AJ+ that produces the Emmy-nominated show "Direct From With Dena Takruri." Its "War In The Koreas" series won the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award in 2018. I am a member of the ONA-Poynter Institute Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. I've also received the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace, Chips Quinn Fellowship and Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. In 2016 I was awarded Al Jazeera's top honor, awarded to only one person per AJ entity.
I started working at 14, finding my way in journalism along a winding path with many detours. At the same time I taught what I knew to marginalized communities through a nonprofit youth zine I co-founded in 2012, Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG). Today I still lead workshops and trainings. See speaking for more information.