Massoud Hayoun




Freelance journalist, January 2016-Present

Al Jazeera America, New York, April 2013-December 2015. Web reporter/ assistant editor

Vancouver Observer, Los Angeles-Vancouver, August 2012-May 2013. Freelance reporter and editor

Agence France-Presse (AFP); Washington, D.C.;  June 2012 – September 2012. Temporary English desk editor/reporter (filling a three-month vacancy). Edited Americas articles, some ground reporting, translated French/ some Spanish to English; Washington, D.C.; December 2011 – June 2012. Journalism fellow, International Channel. Reported, wrote and produced stories for Web. Launched and managed The Atlantic’s erstwhile Chinese-language social media presence

South China Morning Post, Hong Kong/Beijing, Summer 2010-March 2011. Intern, then reporter and graphics coordinator. Covered local Hong Kong affairs and China’s international relations and business. Eventually took position as Beijing bureau reporter.

China Daily, Spring 2010, New York. Editorial intern. Was offered a full-time reporter position upon completion.

CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, Spring 2010, New York. Interning journalist. Assisted with all areas of television news production (all learned on the job) and website maintenance.

Economic Observer, Beijing, October 2007- January 2008. Interning journalist for now-defunct English-language section of newspaper’s website. Wrote long-length features. Translated Chinese-language print articles into English for online publication.


Columbia University School of Journalism, New York City – Master of Science, Graduated in May 2010. Print concentration with coursework in international reporting and analysis. Learned multimedia, web design skills and some investigative reporting.

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles – Bachelor of Arts, Graduated in June 2009. East Asian studies major. Political science and French minors. Graduated Summa Cum Laude, with 4.0 GPA. Phi Beta Kappa society member

Peking University, Beijing – Study abroad 2007-2008, Mandarin and political science.


Language: French (Advanced: French-American dual citizen), Chinese (Advanced), Arabic (Beginning/ conversational); Spanish (Conversational)


I have written for TIME magazine, Newsweek, The Boston Review, World Affairs Journal, Egypt Independent and other international publications.


– Won Editor & Publisher 2015 Eppy Award – Best News or Event Feature on a Website with >1 million unique visitors/ month for China’s Nicaragua canal series (together with colleagues Alfonso Serrano and Kate Kilpatrick)

– Finalist for Editor and Publisher 2015 Eppy Award – Best Business Reporting on a Website with >1 million unique monthly visitors for China and the U.S. Energy Market series (against Wall Street Journal and Canada’s Globe and Mail)

  • Invited by Jordanian royal family to speak about article for The Atlantic, entitled ‘The coming Arab identity crisis,’ at the West Asia North Africa (WANA) economic development conference in May 2012
  • Invited by the University of North Carolina, Charlotte to give a guest lectures on international development, my career and the film Hiroshima, mon Amour in March 2016