Souad Mekhennet was born in Germany as the daughter of a Turkish mother and a Moroccan father. As a child she lived in Morocco for three years.
Most time she works as a reporter for the Washington Post Newspaper, German TV channel ZDF and Daily Best. “Lifting the Veil” tells stories of hope, fear and the real life of Muslims throughout the world as Muslim countries undergo dramatic and traumatic changes. With the Middle East, Northern Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan troubled by change and rebellion, Souad Mekhennet concludes what these changes mean for those regions, and defines the challenges they present for Muslims in the West.
Since shortly after September 11 she has been reporting about radical Islamic movements. She is a visiting fellow at the Weatherhead Centre at Harvard University, and at the School for Advanced and International Studies (SAIS) at the John Hopkins University.
Souad Mekhennet was selected a 2014 Young Global Leader: The World Economic Forum honors the most exceptional leaders under the age of 40 from around the world.
In 2013 she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University where she researched the “long-term strategies of terrorist organizations since the Arab Spring”. Between 2004 and 2012, and before her Nieman fellowship, she worked as a reporter for the New York Times.
As a member of the investigative unit at The New York Times she covered subjects like war zones, terrorist attacks and the ‘war of terror’, including deportations and human rights abuses.
She was one of two reporters who broke the story of Khaled el Masri’s extradition case and worked on a series called “Inside the Jihad” for which she and her colleagues interviewed members of radical jihadist organizations all over the world.
Currently she is a moderator and public speaker and works for the Washington Post Newspaper and German TV channel ZDF and has herself been interviewed for various TV and radio shows in the US and Europe.
Helping the next generation of Muslims in the West is one of her other passions, and she has taught and lectured at Harvard University, City University of New York - School of Journalism as well as at the university of Hamburg.