Heba strives to put quality, independent journalism at the service of the most vulnerable people on earth. She spent one decade reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia before taking over the leadership of IRIN News, one of the world’s leading sources of field-based journalism about humanitarian crises. In her work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Bloomberg and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, from Syria to Afghanistan, from Sudan to Libya, she has seen societies torn apart by war and politics, as well as the power of the human spirit to rise above these divisions.
“It is easier to hate someone or kill someone if you don’t know them. Journalism can help build empathy.”