All journalists hope that at least once in their career, they’ll be covering the world’s biggest story and be the best at doing it. With Egypt’s revolution, Ayman Mohyeldin’s hopes became reality. Many journalists did good work in Egypt at the country’s — and the region’s — historic turning point, but none matched Mohyeldin, 31. He put us in the middle of the action and took us behind the scenes; he riveted us to the story as it developed toward its climax and kept us along for the aftermath. By dint of his experience, persistence and talent, he lifted the profile and reputation of the al-Jazeera network. And for one brief, shining moment, he was the best in the world. — By Dan Rather for The 2011 TIME 100
Ayman Mohyeldin is a Foreign Correspondent for MSNBC and NBC News and an anchor for MSNBC based in New York.
Previously, Mohyeldin was based in the Middle East with NBC News. Prior to NBC News, Mohyeldin was a Middle East-based correspondent for Al Jazeera English where his coverage of the Egyptian revolution and the fall of the Mubarak regime was recognized and praised for its distinction around the world. For five years, Mohyeldin reported from Europe, the U.S. and across the Middle East where he covered major conflicts, including everything from the Arab revolutions, the siege on Gaza, sectarian strife in Lebanon, Israeli politics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and human rights abuses in the Arabian Gulf.
Before joining Al Jazeera English in 2006, Mohyeldin worked for Fox News and CNN. Based in Baghdad, he reported on the immediate aftermath of the US-led invasion of Iraq. While there, Mohyeldin covered the daily struggle of ordinary Iraqis and embedded with the U.S. military to cover the Iraqi insurgency. Mohyeldin was among the few international journalists allowed to observe and report on the U.S. handover of Saddam Hussein to an Iraqi judge.
Mohyeldin began his career in journalism in 2001 at NBC News in Washington, where as Desk Assistant he participated in the coverage of the inauguration of President George W. Bush, the September 11th attacks and the war in Afghanistan.
TIME magazine named Mohyeldin as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2011, he has received multiple Emmy and International Media Award nominations, was the recipient of the 2011 Cutting Edge Media Award and Argentina’s prestigious Perfil International Press Freedom Award.
Mohyeldin is a graduate of American University in Washington D.C. and holds a master’s in International Politics with a focus on Peace and Conflict Resolution. Born in Cairo, Egypt, Mohyeldin grew up in Detroit, Michigan; Amman, Jordan and Marietta, Georgia.