Professor Abdallah Schleifer is a veteran journalist who has covered the Middle East for American and Arab media for more than thirty years.
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has praised Professor Schleifer as “a great bridge-builder between cultures”, saying “we Middle East correspondents are something of a fraternity and Abdallah has always been a credit to our little club. He is intensely independent, honest, and a wonderful explainer about both Islam and the Arab world.”
Prof. Schleifer has had experience covering the Middle East for a wide range of international and American media outlets. He launched his journalistic career in America by writing for The Village Voice and The Nation. From 2006 to 2007, he was the Washington Bureau Chief for the Al Arabiya TV network. Professor Schleifer also worked for NBC as NBC News Radio and TV producer/reporter in the Middle East from 1970 to 1983 and as the bureau chief for NBC News Cairo from 1974 to 1983. Before NBC, he worked in the region as a correspondent for the Paris weekly newsmagazine Jeune Afrique, a stringer for The New York Times, and as managing editor of Jordan’s English language daily The Jerusalem Star.
One of Professor Schleifer’s most prestigious accomplishments was as executive producer of the documentary Control Room. Emphasizing the importance of objective journalism, this award-winning documentary addressed the perception of the US-led war in Iraq and focused on the coverage of the war by the Al-Jazeera news network.
Professor Schleifer’s knowledge of the Middle East often leads the media to call upon him for important commentary on issues relevant to his field of study. A frequent guest on Egyptian TV talk shows, Prof. Schleifer has published op-ed pieces in newspapers such as Newsday and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is also often interviewed and appeared as a guest for commentary on various media outlets including CNN, PBS, Al Jazeera English, Al Arabiya, and BBC. His expertise on various Arab and Islamic issues has led Prof. Schleifer to be quoted in various Arab and Muslim press as well as in The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and The Guardian.
In addition to his accomplishments in the media, Prof. Schlefier is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington. Additionally, he is Professor Emeritus of the American University in Cairo. For twenty years, he was also the founding director of the university’s Kamal Adham Center for Journalism Training and Research, where he is now a Senior Fellow. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Amman, Jordan and Senior Fellow and the Royal Aal al Bayt Institution for Islamic Though. He is also a former Visiting Fellow at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.