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Foreign Correspondents Speak Out


Anshel Pfeffer has covered Israeli politics and global affairs for two decades. He is a senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and the Israel correspondent for The Economist. Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu, is Pfeffer’s deeply reported biography of the scandal-plagued former Israeli prime minister. 


John Lyons is one of Australia’s most experienced journalists. He is currently head of investigative journalism at the ABC, although for this NIF discussion he will be appearing in his capacity as an author and former Jerusalem-based correspondent for the Australian. Over the past forty years, he has held leadership positions in several major organisations, including as the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and executive producer of Nine’s Sunday program. For six years, John lived with his family in Jerusalem as the Australian’s Middle East correspondent, which he chronicles in his bestselling book Balcony over Jerusalem and now his new book, Dateline Jerusalem, Journalism's Toughest Assignment.


Dina Kraft is a Tel Aviv-based journalist for The Christian Science Monitor and The Los Angeles Times where she reports on Israeli and Palestinian politics, culture and society. She hosts the podcast “The Branch”, sponsored by Hadassah, which tells the stories of relationships between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians. Dina is a long-time foreign correspondent who began her overseas career in the Jerusalem bureau of The Associated Press. She was later posted to AP’s Johannesburg bureau where she covered southern Africa. She’s also reported from Senegal, Kenya, Pakistan, Jordan, Tunisia, Russia, and Ukraine. She’s also an educator and has taught journalism classes at Northeastern University, Harvard University, and Boston University. Dina was a winner of the 2020 B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem Award for Journalism Recognizing Excellence in Diaspora Reportage.