Al-Monitor Names Khody Akhavi as Head of Video
(September 6, 2017) Washington, D.C. - Al-Monitor, the global news organization covering the Middle East, announced today it has named Khody Akhavi as its first Head of Video. Akhavi was formerly an investigative and White House producer at Al Jazeera English.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Al-Monitor recently introduced a brand new site, offering content on new platforms and aiming to reach a wider, international audience with its award-winning, multilingual platform. In this role, Mr. Akhavi will be responsible for launching Al-Monitor’s new slate of video programming and reaching and engaging with new audiences who wish to connect and understand the nuances of a region that is so rapidly changing.
“I am so pleased to welcome Khody as Al-Monitor’s Head of Video,” said Jamal Daniel, founder of Al-Monitor. “As we expand our coverage into new platforms, Khody’s extensive experience in international broadcast news as well as his knowledge of the region make him the perfect fit for this role.”
At Al Jazeera, Mr. Akhavi served as a producer for the network’s flagship investigative unit, and in the news division as White House producer during the height of the Arab uprisings.
“I am thrilled to be joining Al-Monitor,” said Khody Akhavi, Head of Video, Al-Monitor. “When I covered the Arab Spring, I knew then that digital media would be how the people of the Middle East shared their stories with the world. Al-Monitor’s platform not only allows audiences in the Middle East to connect with the international community, but it gives readers the opportunity to tell their stories, broaden their views, and engage with diverse perspectives. Video for Al-Monitor will also play a critical role in showcasing how the Middle East is more than the crisis you often see in Western media, it’s about people with ambition achieving and innovating in remarkable ways.”
Mr. Akhavi has reported from the Middle East and Europe. He speaks Farsi, Arabic, and Spanish.
Al-Monitor is a global newsroom headquartered in Washington, D.C. with a network of over 160 authors and analysts around the world. Al-Monitor seeks to monitor the Pulse of the Middle East via its award-winning, multilingual platform that publishes a diverse set of perspectives on the Middle East, thus bridging the gap of information available to those both in the Middle East as well as those with a desire to better understand a region that is so rapidly changing.