Hisham Melhem
Washington Bureau Chief, Al Arabiya News Channel

Hisham Melhem is the Washington bureau chief of Al-Arabiya, the Dubai-based satellite channel. He is also the correspondent for Annahar, the leading Lebanese daily. For four years he hosted "Across the Ocean," a weekly current affairs program on US-Arab relations for Al-Arabiya.

Mr. Melhem received his BA in Philosophy from Villanova University in 1976; he was awarded the 1998 Alumni Medallion, an honor bestowed upon alumni of the University for exceptional professional and personal achievements. From 1976 to 1979, Mr. Melhem enrolled in the Philosophy Department at Georgetown University for a doctorate degree.

Mr. Melhem's writings appear in publications ranging from the literary journal Al-Mawaqef to the LA Times, as well as in magazines such as Foreign Policy, Middle East Report, Middle East Insight, and Middle East Policy. He is the author of Dual Containment: the Demise of a Fallacy, published by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

Mr. Melhem speaks regularly at college campuses, think tanks and interest groups on US-Arab relations, political Islam, intra-Arab relations, Arab-Israeli issues, media in the Arab World, Arab images in American media , US public policies and the Arab World, and other related topics. In addition, Mr. Melhem appears regularly on a number of television programs such as the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, The Charlie Rose show, as well as National Public Radio and its national affiliates.

Mr. Melhem has interviewed many American and international public figures, including Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, among others.