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.

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

Al-Iraqiya news recently started a Syriac-language broadcast in an attempt to preserve the ancient language, which derives from Aramaic, the original language of the Bible and Jesus. They are based in Baghdad. People at the network and in the Iraqi Christian community talk about what this means for them.

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

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

A modern take on an ancient Chinese folk tale
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

'I can get close to God': Millions from around the globe participate in religious Arbaeen walk in Iraq
The waters off South Caicos island, 2023.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Museum exhibit highlights New York’s sacred spaces
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.

Discussion: Ukraine: The humanitarian catastrophe
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.

Discussion: What researchers have learned about the omicron variant
Cartagena's historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and contains some of the best preserved examples of 18th century military architecture in the Caribbean. The city's walls were built with slave labor.

Where The World has been in 2021 — the year in pictures

From migrants in Greece, to the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, to rebuilding Lebanon and Haiti, our correspondents from around the globe bring you images of the important stories of 2021.

Where The World has been in 2021 — the year in pictures
A pregnant woman wearing a face mask and gloves holds her belly as she waits in line for groceries at St. Mary's Church in Waltham, Mass.

Discussion: The pandemic, women's health and pregnancy

The coronavirus has affected women in various ways, including physically and socially. As part of The World's regular series of conversations about the pandemic, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Ana Langer, Professor of the Practice of Public Health and Director of the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health about the pandemic-related challenges affecting women in particular.

Discussion: The pandemic, women's health and pregnancy
Security forces stand guard inside an airport terminal in Rabat, Morocco

Discussion: The omicron variant and holiday travel

COVID-19 cases from the omicron variant are causing a new surge in infections around the globe. The World’s Elana Gordon moderated a live discussion with Stephen Kissler from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health about travel during the holiday season.

Discussion: The omicron variant and holiday travel
Children play with a therapist in the pediatric unit of the Robert Debre hospital, in Paris, France

Discussion: Children's mental health during COVID

The World's reporter Elana Gordon hosted a discussion on the pandemic's effects on children's mental health with Karestan Koenen, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Discussion: Children's mental health during COVID
Abdullah Hammoud, mayor-elect of Dearborn, Michigan

Dearborn's first Arab American mayor-elect: 'You need not change who you are' to run for public office

"You're seeing minority populations and residents begin to really get involved in the political process," says Abdullah Hammoud, the mayor-elect of Dearborn, Michigan. He spoke to The World's Marco Werman about the issues facing his constituents.

Dearborn's first Arab American mayor-elect: 'You need not change who you are' to run for public office
A nurse prepares a syringe for a patient infected with the coronavirus in the intensive care unit at the Syrian American Medical Society Hospital

Discussion: The challenges of vaccinating people in conflict zones

As part of The World's series of conversations on the coronavirus pandemic with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion about a pandemic ceasefire to vaccinate people in conflict zones.

Discussion: The challenges of vaccinating people in conflict zones