Kim Ghattas in Beirut. Portrait by Dina Debbas:

Kim Ghattas in Beirut. Portrait by Dina Debbas:


Welcome to my personal website. After almost two decades roaming the world as a journalist, juggling tight deadlines, adrenaline highs, hours of live television reporting and Twitter addiction, I am trying to (re) learn how to focus on a long term project!

I am currently a senior visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and just completed a public policy fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington. 

I write a regular column for Foreign Policy's Voices section and have just embarked on writing my second book, about the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the impact it has had on the wider Middle East. 

I was born and raised in Beirut, on the front lines of the Lebanese civil war. Searching for answers about the chaos around me is what made me want to become a journalist at the age of 13. 

I started my journalism career in 1998, as an intern in Beirut at the local English-language newspaper The Daily Star. Soon, I started reporting for Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, as well as the Financial Times and the BBC. I spent my time on the road covering the Middle East: reporting from IraqSaudi ArabiaSyria, and of course Lebanon. In 2006, my BBC colleagues and I covered the war between Israel and Hezbollah, which resulted in an Emmy for international news coverage. 

In 2008, I left my posting in Beirut, the city that made me a journalist, to become the BBC's State Department correspondent based in Washington.  For six years, I travelled regularly with Secretary of States: Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. I've had the honor of being recognized by publications like Monocle for my State Department reporting

My front row seat to the making of American foreign policy led me to write a book, The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power, which became a New York Times best seller. The book includes personal reflections about being a child in war-torn Lebanon, growing up with questions about America. 

In 2015, I started writing a regular column for Foreign Policy's Voices section, commenting on the Middle East as well as American foreign policy. My work has also been published by The Daily Beast, Time magazine and The Washington Post. I regularly speak on American television and radio, and at special events, on Middle East issues and American foreign policy. 

I serve on the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut, my alma mater and a beacon of intellectual engagement in the Middle East. 

On this website, you’ll find a small selection of my favorite articles and reports from my last 15 years as a journalist, covering the Middle East and American foreign policy. You can follow me on Twitter, or check out my book’s Facebook page

My other passion is food and cooking. I promised myself that one day I will write about food or open a restaurant.