Journalist, Filmmaker | PBS
Reza Sayah is a journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Tehran, Iran. For the past 20 years, Reza has reported for international news organizations including CNN, Al Jazeera, PBS NewsHour, and France 24. Most recently, Sayah reported on this year’s Iranian presidential elections.
In 2008, Reza helped launch CNN’s bureau in Islamabad, Pakistan where for the next five years he reported on the country’s ongoing political turmoil, the government campaign against the Taliban, and the search for Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
In 2013, Sayah moved to Cairo, Egypt where he covered the crisis that followed the Egyptian revolution, the uprising that toppled former president Mohammad Morsy, and the election of current president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. Sayah has also covered the conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine.
Prior to working for CNN, he spent more than ten years reporting for major news networks in the United States where he covered a variety of high-profile national and international stories including Hurricane Katrina, the sniper shootings in the Washington, D.C. area, the 2000 and 2004 US presidential elections, and the attacks of 9/11.
Sayah earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
In 2015, he moved back to Tehran where he co-founded Ravian Films – a production company that specializes in documentary films, broadcast news reports, and video storytelling.
Iran Rising In Iraq (part 1). PBS News Hour
Iran Rising in Iraq (part 2), PBS NewsHour
What Iranians think of the nuclear deal and Trump’s tough words, PBS NewsHour
Iranians tell Americans how they really feel about them, CNN, Open Mic Iran