Sara Hassan

Digital Editor/Reporter

The World

Sara Hassan is a Digital Editor/Reporter at The World.

Sara Hassan is a Digital Editor/Reporter at The World. She has more than two decades of journalism experience, as a writer, photographer, copy editor, reporter and field producer for TV, radio, magazines, newspapers and digital platforms. Sara worked for Al Jazeera English, Arabic and America for more than a decade, based in Washington DC, Doha and New York. She also worked for TRT World in Istanbul, Al Arabiya, The State Newspaper of South Carolina and served as the Editor-in-Chief of LALE Magazine in partnership with the International Women of Istanbul. In 2002, she did an independent study with the US Senate Press Gallery on Capitol Hill. Sara has expertise in the Middle East, South Asia and the US, has traveled to 30 countries, and has worked on a wide range of stories. Some of her field reports include Arab Spring protests in Bahrain, Bangladesh’s garment industry, an academy for orphans in Iraq and the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. Her digital videos break down complex topics, such as the Lebanese political system, understanding Wahhabism, the conflict in the Strait of Hormuz and the pros and cons of using internet cookies. She has also covered the past five US presidential elections. Sara Hassan has a Master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

‘Second chance at life’: This rehabilitation center provides mental health care to orphaned children in Iraq

Decades of war and violence have left many children orphaned in Iraq. There have been different kinds of initiatives to help them, but efforts often focus on the basics. Now, one group is trying to fill an important void by providing mental health care for traumatized children.

The exterior of the Ancient Church of the East in Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 27, 2023.

A newly launched news channel in Iraq tries to preserve the ancient Syriac language

Salah Fareeq Al-Feroun's farm sits unattended without the necessary water to cultivate Iraq's signature anbar rice, Al-Meshkhab, Najaf Province, Iraq, Aug. 30, 2023.

Iraq’s signature anbar rice is disappearing amid water shortages

Cast members perform during a rehearsal of the opera "Monkey: A Kung Fu Puppet Parable" at the Emerson Paramount Center in Boston, Sept. 20, 2023.

A modern take on an ancient Chinese folk tale

Arts, Culture & Media
The shrines of Imam Husayn and his brother Aba Fadl Abbas in Karbala, Iraq, 2022.

‘I can get close to God’: Millions from around the globe participate in religious Arbaeen walk in Iraq

Sacred Nation
The waters off South Caicos island, 2023.

Dozens of messages in bottles tossed by a Nantucket fisherman are found around the world


Fisherman Pennel Ames tossed hundreds of messages in bottles into the ocean off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, asking anyone who found them to write back to him. Two decades later, people are still finding them around the world.

The ambiance of the Bab al-Yemen restaurant in Boston adds to a unique dining experience for customers, Apr. 12, 2023.

At Boston’s first Yemeni restaurant, food, community and tradition are on the menu this Ramadan

Lifestyle & Belief

Owner Ahmed Mahmood tells The World about his own journey, the political situation in Yemen and how he’s created a space for those observing the month of fasting.

Exterior of the Museum of the City of New York, with a promotion for the "City of Faith" exhibition currently on display, New York, Dec. 1, 2022.

Museum exhibit highlights New York’s sacred spaces

Lifestyle & Belief

The “City of Faith” museum exhibit looks at the New York City’s religious roots and immigrant experience, with a special focus on the South Asian community after 9/11. Curator Azra Dawood tells The World what inspired her and why such a discussion is important.

Ukrainian refugees wait for a transport at the central train station in Warsaw, Poland

Discussion: Ukraine: The humanitarian catastrophe

Nearly 4 million people have fled the war in Ukraine in the largest exodus that Europe has seen since World War II. Those still in the country are faced with a faltering healthcare system. As part of our regular series of conversations with Harvard University’s T.H. Chan’s School of Public Health, The World’s reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, about the dire situation.

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk along the street in Tokyo, Japan

Discussion: What researchers have learned about the omicron variant

Some parts of the world are still battling the omicron variant of COVID-19, while others seem to be somewhere around its peak. Join The World’s reporter Elana Gordon for our regular series of conversations about the pandemic. She will moderate a panel on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 12 p.m. Eastern time, and will be speaking with epidemiologist Bill Hanage of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.