Roxana's Reporting and Interviews
Freedom to Sing: A report I put together about Iranian musicians who have moved to Iraqi Kurdistan in search of the freedom to make music.
Performing a piano piece at the Hope Concert for the People of Iran, Berlin, June 7, 2013:
Opening the Hope Concert for the People of Iran with a short talk in support of human rights in Iran
Berlin, June 7, 2013:
An op-ed I wrote about my former cellmates in Iran, The Daily Beast, June 4, 2013
A video report I prepared on Iranians fleeing to Iraq for refuge
International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, May 13, 2013
A video of an event on May 6, 2013 in Washington, D.C., where I was part of a program highlighting the imprisonment of Iran’s 7 Baha’i leaders. The Baha’is have served 5 years of their 20-year prison sentences.
My commencement address at my alma mater Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, May 5, 2013
Fargo Forum, May 6, 2013 – Roxana Saberi gives commencement speech at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN (audio, photo gallery). Also coverage by WDAY, the ABC affiliate in Fargo.
A report about an Iranian woman who found the freedom to sing next door, in Iraq.
NPR, Feb. 26, 2013
No End in Sight for Iraq Oil Dispute – an article I wrote after a recent trip to Iraq
Al-Monitor, Feb. 27, 2013
The trailer for my book, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran:
The New York Times, Dec. 26, 2012
Andisheh TV, December 8, 2012 (starts around 34:00)
The Daily Beast, Dec. 6, 2012 (An article by Omid Memarian and me)
BBC, Dec. 3, 2012 (An article I wrote about the latest situation of HIV/AIDS in Iran)
Al-Monitor, Nov. 12, 2012 (An article I wrote about what some members of Iran’s diaspora want to see from Obama’s second term)
The Daily Beast, Oct. 26, 2012 (An article I wrote about the plight of Iran’s human rights defenders)
The Daily Orange, Oct. 9, 2012 (About a panel I took part in with the Dalai Lama at Syracuse University)
The Daily Orange, Oct. 8, 2012
BBC, Sept. 13, 2012 (An article I wrote for the BBC)
The Daily Beast, July 28, 2012 (An article by Omid Memarian and me)
South Coast Today, May 31, 2012
Angels of Iran – Roxana’s speaks about her Baha’i cellmates in Iran:
CNN.com, Dec. 21, 2011 (An op-ed I wrote about Iran’s religious minorities)
WDAY, Nov. 13, 2011 (A short TV report about my visit to my hometown of Fargo)
The Jamestown Sun, Nov. 11, 2011
Patch.com, Nov. 10, 2011
November 2011 visit with high school and college students from the Facing History and Ourselves Program, Chicago:
The Forum of Fargo Moorhead, Oct. 26, 2011
WDAY radio, Oct. 24, 2011
Northwestern News Network, Oct. 24, 2011
The Daily Northwestern, Oct. 19, 2011
The Huffington Post, Oct. 19, 2011
The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 6, 2011 – My op-ed about the need for more international attention on Iran’s prisoners of conscience
Facing History and Ourselves, Oct. 5, 2011
The Today Show, Sept. 22, 2011 – Ann Curry’s interview with Farah Mawani and me
Minnesota Public Radio, Sept. 22, 2011 – MPR interview about the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal
KCBS, Sept. 22, 2011 – San Francisco radio station’s story about release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal
CBC, Sept. 21, 2011 – CBC interviews me about the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal
CNN, Sept. 21, 2011 – After two U.S. hikers are set free, journalist Roxana Saberi talks about spending 100 days in Iran’s Evin prison.
Oakland Tribune, Sept. 21, 2011
Kristeligt Dagblad, May 16, 2011 – A Danish publication’s review about my book’s release in Denmark
CNN.com, April 22, 2011 – My Q&A with Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi
Frankfurter Allgemeine, April 20, 2011 – A German publication’s review of Between Two Worlds (Hundert Tage) – by Sarah Elsing
Heise, April 14, 2011 – my Q&A with a German publication
Daily Nebraskan, April 13, 2011 – about my visit to University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Commercial Appeal, March 25, 2011 – about my visit to Memphis, TN
Beck / Smith Hollywood, March 20, 2011
KNPR, March 18, 2011 – An interview with Nevada Public Radio — (This journalist asked very thoughtful questions.)
Wall Street Journal, March 15, 2011 – My op-ed for the WSJ
Vail Daily, March 14, 2011
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, March 12, 2011 – An interview with the German journalist Harald Staun
March 11, 2011 – A review by German journalist Gerrit Wussman
DRadio Wissen, March 10, 2011 – An interview with German radio journalist Wiebke Lehnhoff
3Sat, March 9, 2011 – An interview with German TV
Metro World News, March 8, 2011 – By Ruben Eg
FM4 Radio, March 4, 2011 – An interview with Austria’ FM4 Radio (Please scroll down the page to find it.)
Relevant, March 4, 2011 – An interview published in German
KPBS, Feb. 28, 2011 – An interview with San Diego’s public radio station.
Feb. 27, 2011 – An interview with an Italian publication
KPBS-TV, Feb. 25, 2011 – An interview with KPBS (public television) in San Diego, starting at the 10:15 time code.
Chicago Tribune, Feb. 18, 2011 – Iranian demonstrators who took to the streets Monday in what organizers called a rally of solidarity with protesters in Egypt and Tunisia are facing a much more arduous battle than their counterparts.
Dec. 10, 2010 – My op-ed (translated into Portuguese) in the Brazilian paper Folha de S. Paulo, entitled “Power and Responsibility, Brazil and Iran.”
Nov. 24, 2010 – An article (in Portuguese) in the Brazilian paper Folha de S. Paulo, including my letter to then-President Lula.
And an interview with the paper is here.
“Prisoner of conscience” Roxana Saberi recalls time in Iranian jail
San Francisco Chronicle, Nov.17, 2010 – Roxana Saberi was always an insider and an outsider as a reporter in Iran, where she lived from 2003 to 2009. She was born in the US to …
PaloAltoPatch, Nov.16, 2010
Hundreds gathered at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center to listen to Roxana Saberi Monday night.
Roxana Saberi, former JACL Scholorship winner, opens up about her captivity in Iran
CNN, Sept. 17, 2010 – In Tehran’s Evin Prison, American Sarah Shourd’s lonely days must have seemed endless, filled with fear and uncertainty.
And anger toward her captors — possibly even toward God, said journalist Roxana Saberi.
She, like Shourd, spend time in solitary confinement at Evin, a Tehran prison that has become notorious for harsh conditions, according to human rights groups.
CNN, Sept. 16,2010 – American hiker Sarah Shourd is free, but her fiancé, Shane Bauer, and friend, Josh Fattal, are still being held in an Iranian prison. The three Americans were detained after they allegedly strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while hiking in Iraq’s Kurdistan region in July 2009. Iran accused the three of spying, a charge the United States and the hikers have denied. An Iranian prosecutor said Wednesday a trial will commence soon. Journalist Roxana Saberispent 100 days in the same, notorious prison before she was finally released last year. She joined us on Thursday’s American Morning to help us understand what the three Americans are going through.
Knoxville News Sentinel, Sept. 16, 2010
Roxana Saberi has yet to finish the book she was researching in Iran when she was arrested and charged with espionage. But she has completed the one about her 100-day imprisonment and interrogation.
Aug. 28, 2010 - For several weeks last year, I shared a cell in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison with Mahvash Sabet and Fariba Kamalabadi, two leaders of Iran’s minority Bahai faith. I came to see them as my sisters, women whose only crimes were to peacefully practice their religion and resist pressure from their captors to compromise their principles. For this, apparently, they and five male colleagues were sentenced this month to 20 years in prison.
June 12, 2010 – A rally for human rights on the one-year anniversary of Iran’s disputed presidential election
June 1, 2010 – Tuesday on RadioWest, the journalist Roxana Saberi joins Doug to talk about her experience in Iran, being captured by intelligence agents. Saberi was charged with espionage, and sentenced to eight years in prison after she recanted a forced confession. She was released a year ago, and Saberi has written a book to talk about the ordeal – her imprisonment, her release, and the importance of her faith to help her get through it. The book is called “Between Two Worlds.
May 31, 2010 – Roxana Saberi talked about her book Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran (Harper; March 30, 2010). She responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. She was interviewed outside the C-SPAN Civics Bus near Haines Hall at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the UCLA campus on Sunday, April 25, 2010.
May 30th, 2010
Roxana Saberi – Jailed Journalist in Iran
Author and journalist Roxana Saberi shares her similar story of arrest and month-long detainment in Iran in the book Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran.
May 23rd, 2010
Washington Post Op-Ed
May 13, 2010 – Shortly after Iran announced that it had executed five Kurdish political activists on Sunday, I received an e-mail from a human rights campaigner in Tehran who knew one of them, asking me to spread the word about the hangings.
KARE11.com – By John Croman
Minneapolis, Minn. — Journalist Roxana Saberi gave a riveting account of her time locked in an Iran prison in 2009, during a speech at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
She endured more than three months in Evin Prison, where she was subjected to intimidation, interrogation and psychological pressure. It’s a story sure to evoke feelings of outrage for those accustomed to civil rights and due process.
And yet Saberi’s tale was somehow comforting to the family of a Shane Bauer, the Minnesota native being held in the same prison. They especially appreciated the photos and diagrams of the prison Saberi projected on the big screen.
WCCO – Minneapolis – By Liz Collin
Roxana Saberi spoke at the University of Minnesota Friday. After her speech, Saberi signed copies of book “Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran …
by Susanne Pari, April 16, 2010
In 2009, behind the walls of Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, American journalist Roxana Saberi confessed to being a CIA spy on a mission to help overthrow the Islamic Republic in a so-called soft revolution. Chances are that many of us would have done the same, whether it was true or not. In Saberi’s case, it was not.
April 18th, 2010
Journalist. Author. Beauty queen. Prisoner. Human rights advocate. All of these words describe Roxana Saberi, who was held in Iran’s most notorious prison for 100 days in 2009.
LAT: Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi works out frustrations – By Saul Austerlitz
He made ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats,’ about two Iranian rockers trying to make it to a London gig, without government approval.
April 3, 2010 The Wall Street Journal — op-ed by Roxana Saberi and Omid Memarian
April 15, 2010, The World Radio
March 31, 2010
ABC Good Morning America, May 29, 2009 – interview with Diane Sawyer
Washington Post, June 11, 2009 - “Roxana, when you go back to America,” my cellmate entreated me last month, “please tell others that our country is not only about the nuclear issue. It is also about people like us.”
My cellmate was one of the many “prisoners of conscience” I left behind when I was release from Tehran’s Evin Prison on May 11.
PRI’s The World, June 16, 2009 – Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi about her views on the developments in Iran since last Friday’s elections. Saberi worked as a reporter in Iran for six years until she was arrested and jailed this winter on charges of espionage. She was released last month.
Chicago Tribune, June 21, 2009 – “Just a moment,” an Iranian friend typed as we chatted online, “while I upload my photos of today’s protest onto Facebook.” He is only one of many ordinary Iranians informing the world about the momentous events taking place in Iran since the country’s disputed June 12 presidential election. As traditional media outlets and foreign journalists have faced mounting government restrictions on their reporting, “citizen journalists” have stepped in.
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, July 9, 2009
During Chicago’s portion of the Global Day of Action for Iran, on Saturday, July 25th, 2009, U.S. journalist and former Iranian prisoner Roxana Saberi delivered a moving speech about the realities of free speech in the U.S. vs. in Iran, and the ongoing struggle in Iran for basic, human rights.
Le Dimanche, December 18, 2009 – An interview with le Dimanche journal about cultural restrictions in Iran.
Medill Magazine, Winter 2009 – Roxana Saberi returns to Fargo after spending 100 days in Evin Prison.
Roxana Receives Medill Medal of Courage
Inter Press Service, January 15, 2007 – a report from Lebanon
BBC, May 10, 2007 – a report from Iraq
Der Spiegel, December 4, 2007 – a report from Iraq
Day to Day, February 2, 2006 · Alex Chadwick speaks with correspondent Roxana Saberi, reporting from the Iranian capital of Tehran, on reactions within the nation to news of possible international sanctions because of Iran’s reactivated uranium enrichment program.
BBC, March 25, 2006
BBC, April 7, 2006
BBC, April 14, 2006
Morning Edition, April 17, 2006 · Iran is giving the Hamas-led Palestinian government $50 million in aid. Renee Montagne speaks with reporter Roxana Saberi in Tehran about the donation’s importance. They also talk about Iran’s resistance to international pressure to stop its nuclear program.
Morning Edition, May 17, 2006 · Iranian women soccer fans are devastated following a decision by Iran’s Supreme Leader that women are not allowed to watch men’s soccer games in person. This decision comes just a month after Iran’s President said women are allowed to watch soccer matches at stadiums.
Inter Press Service, August 8, 2006 – a report from Lebanon
Inter Press Service, August 17, 2006
Day to Day, October 18, 2006 · The government of Iran is considering a stricter interpretation of Islamic law that would encourage citizens to wear more traditional clothing. Roxana Saberi reports from Tehran.
Inter Press Service, November 5, 2006 – a report from Tajikistan
Inter Press Service, November 15, 2006 – a report from Tajikistan
BBC, November 21, 2006
Morning Edition, December 27, 2006 · The U.N. Security Council passed sanctions against Iran last weekend in an attempt to hinder the Islamic country’s nuclear program. Iran has vowed to continue its uranium enrichment activities despite the sanctions.
Morning Edition, June 27, 2005 · Iran’s conservative president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has vowed to restart the nation’s controversial nuclear program and warned European negotiators that building trust requires a mutual effort.
September 28, 2005
BBC Online, October 11, 2005
Morning Edition, December 6, 2005 · An Iranian military transport plane crashed Tuesday into an apartment building as it was attempting to land at a Tehran airport, killing all 94 people on board and more than two dozen occupants of the building. Iranian state television described the cause of the crash as a technical failure.
All Things Considered, December 6, 2005 · A military transport plane carrying Iranian journalists plows into an apartment complex in Iran’s capital city, Tehran. The crash leaves more than 100 dead and dozens more injured.
BBC, December 28, 2005
Day to Day, January 12, 2004 · NPR’s Madeleine Brand talks with Roxana Saberi, a journalist in Tehran, Iran, about the move by Muslim clerics to bar liberals from running in the upcoming elections and the protests that have followed.
Morning Edition, May 13, 2004 · A new movie is selling out theaters in Iran but angering some of the country’s religious leaders. Government censors delayed the release of The Lizard, and some leading clerics want it banned altogether .. Hear NPR’s Steve Inskeep and journalist Roxana Saberi.
3) Islamic Rulers Relax Taboo Against Having Pet Dogs After 25 Years
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 19, 2004
Talk of the Nation, May 28, 2003 · Accusations of developing a nuclear weapons program and harboring al Qaeda — sounds like the case against Iraq? Try Iran. Join host Neal Conan and guests for a discussion on what’s next in chilly relations between Washington and Tehran. Guests: Roxana Saberi (Tehran Correspondent and Bureau Chief for Feature Story News); Mike Shuster (NPR Correspondent); Rob Sobhani (Adjunct professor of U.S. foreign policy at Georgetown University).
NPR.org, July 1, 2003 · Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, will travel to Iran next week to hold talks on the country’s nuclear programs. News of the trip comes as Tehran faces growing international pressure to accept stricter inspections of its nuclear facilities. Roxana Saberi reports.
Day to Day, September 9, 2003 · The United Nations has issued a resolution aiming to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women. Some reformists in Iran would like their country to be a part of the U.N. resolution — Roxana Saberi reports from Tehran.
Orlando Sentinel, November 3, 2003
Day to Day, November 7, 2003 · International nuclear weapons inspectors meet this weekend to assess Iranian progress in opening its nuclear weapons programs to outside observers. Reporter Roxana Saberi reports from Iran on how the government is reacting to international pressure.
All Things Considered, December 31, 2003 · Relief efforts continue in Iran following last Friday’s earthquake, as soldiers pull four more people alive from the rubble Wednesday. Relief supplies and emergency workers are still arriving in the region surrounding the city of Bam, where many survivors are now living in tents. NPR’s Melissa Block talks with Roxana Sabieri, Tehran correspondent for Feature Story News.