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Ayman Mohyeldin

Ayman Mohyeldin
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Updated 21 October 2021

Ayman Mohyeldin

Ayman Mohyeldin

Current occupation: Host of MSNBC’s “Ayman”

Former employers: Fox News, NBC, Al Jazeera, CNN

Education: American University in Washington

Nationality: Egyptian-American

Ayman Mohyeldin is a prominent Egyptian-American journalist based in New York who is known for covering major events in the Arab World, including the Iraq War, the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.

Currently the host of “Ayman” on MSNBC, Mohyeldin actually began his career in journalism at NBC, as a desk assistant for the Washington D.C. bureau. 

He moved to CNN and became the first journalist to enter one of Libya’s nuclear research facilities after producing Muammar Gaddafi’s first interview announcing that Libya would abandon all WMD programs.

As a producer, Mohyeldin has worked on many projects, including a documentary film on the daily struggles of Iraqis during the second Gulf war, which was nominated for an Emmy Award. He was also involved in the production of other CNN special coverage documentaries, including “Islam: The Struggle Within” and “Hajj: A Spiritual Journey.”

During his tenure with CNN, Mohyeldin reported on the immediate aftermath of the US-led invasion of Iraq. He was one of the first Western journalists allowed to cover and report on the handing over and trial of the deposed President Saddam Hussein by the Iraqi Interim Government.

Mohyeldin joined Al Jazeera English in 2006 where he rose to prominence given his coverage of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and the fall of Hosni Mubarak. In 2011, he left Al-Jazeera and rejoined NBC where he covered the second “Arab Uprising” in Egypt in 2013 and the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict. 

Mohyeldin was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2011. He has received multiple Emmy and International Media Award nominations, and was the recipient of the 2011 Cutting Edge Media Award and Argentina’s prestigious Perfil International Press Freedom Award.