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Siham Ouchto, Al Jazeera

Siham Ouchto, Al Jazeera
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Updated 16 December 2021

Siham Ouchto, Al Jazeera

Siham Ouchto, Al Jazeera

Current occupation: Journalist and news anchor at Al Jazeera

Former employers: Deutsche Welle, Asharq Al-Awsat 

Education: Degree in journalism from ​​the Higher Institute of Information and Communication in Morocco, Master of Arts in journalism and media studies from Deutsche Welle Academy

Nationality: Moroccan

Siham Ouchto is a Moroccan journalist and news anchor at Al Jazeera who is known for her eloquence and fluency in classical Arabic.  

Born in Ouarzazate, Ouchto was raised in a family with a scientific background. When it was time for her to decide her career prospects, Ouchto chose to diverge from her family and pursue a career in journalism. 

While she was still in college, Ouchto was hired as an intern by Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper in their Morocco office. The editor in chief of Morocco’s office at that time appreciated Ouchto’s style and work and insisted that she keep working with them after her internship ended.

After graduating college, Ouchto was offered an internship by Deutsche Welle, where she joined the channel’s Arabic-speaking office in Bonn.

Upon the end of her internship, Ouchto returned to Morocco but was determined to work for Deutsche Welle. Once in Rabat, she took German language classes and decided to join a German university.