My Life As … Roxana Saberi, October 20
Posted on October 8, 2014
The School of Journalism’s ”My Life As…” lecture series continues October 20 with Al Jazeera America reporter Roxana Saberi.
Saberi moved to Iran in 2003 to work as a freelance reporter and was arrested January 31, 2009 and accused of espionage.
She was held 101 days in the infamous Evin Prison in Tehran.
Upon her return, she won numerous press freedom awards and published a book about her captivity (Between Two Worlds).
She is also co-writer of a documentary about underground rock’n roll in Iran (“No One Knows About Persian Cats“)
Saberi grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, daughter of an Iranian father and a Japanese mother. She holds masters degrees in journalism (Northwestern University) and international relations (University of Cambridge).
In its short life, the School of Journalism has already hosted more than 50 “My Life As…” lectures, many of which can be watched on The News Literacy Channel on YouTube.
Saberi is the second Evin Prison inmate in the series. In March of 2011, freelance photographer Iason Athansiadis discussed his arrest during the Iranian Presidential elections.