Massoud Hayoun



Massoud Hayoun is an multilingual investigative journalist currently based in Los Angeles.

He was most recently a reporter and part-time editor for Al Jazeera America’s website. Before that, he worked for for news organizations including Agence France-Presse (AFP), The Atlantic, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (南华早报), CNN and China’s Economic Observer (经济观察报).

He speaks five languages and has reported from Asia, Africa and the Middle East as well as across North America, from Tijuana, Mexico to the Navajo Nation to Galveston, Texas to Danvers, Massachusetts to Montreal, Canada. He is a generalist, but is especially interested in investigative and business reporting.

He won a 2015 Editor and Publisher EPPY award together with an Al Jazeera America team for a series on a Chinese businessman’s bid to build a canal through Nicaragua. For his part of the series, he wrote an investigative profile of the businessman that assessed how the project would affect Hong Kong’s holdings in the Panama Canal.

The same year, two of his investigative series for Al Jazeera America on business deals between Chinese politician-entrepreneurs accused of corruption and high-profile Republican politicians were finalists for the EPPY business reporting award against The Wall Street Journal and Canada’s Globe and Mail.

He was invited to speak about his journalism at an Arab economic development forum in Amman, Jordan in 2012, and in March 2016, the University of North Carolina, Charlotte invited him to talk about his work and international economic development as a guest lecturer.

He obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in East Asian Studies, Political Science and French. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.