JOURNALIST, AUTHOR, HUMANITARIAN
Tara Kangarlou is an award-winning journalist who reports and produces breaking news reports, investigative pieces, and magazine-style print and broadcast stories on both domestic and international issues. Over the years she has reported, written and produced for CNN, CNN International, NBC, Huffington Post, Al Monitor, Newsmax, and Al Jazeera America. She is currently a Fellow at the East West Institute, a frequent on-air contributor on various news outlets worldwide, and the author of an upcoming book on Iran.
In 2015, she led Al Jazeera America’s team with unprecedented access to report and produce from inside Iran during the historic nuclear negotiations between the UN Security Council’s five permanent members. While at CNN, Ms. Kangarlou was involved in covering major domestic and international stories such as the 2013 US Presidential Inauguration, the Boston Marathon bombings, the 2013 Iranian presidential election, Nelson Mandela's death, and the 2014 Russia-Ukraine crisis.
Over the years she has interviewed many global leaders, heads of states, and senior government officials in the US and around the world. Ms. Kangarlou is an expert on the global refugee crisis, MENA region, and international affairs.
In recent years, she has spent much time in the Syrian border regions of Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan reporting and covering issues that impact Syrian refugees, host countries, and the Middle East at large. Ms. Kangarlou has also reported from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh—the world's largest refugee camp—covering the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims fleeing from Myanmar.
In 2016, having witnessed the horrible plight of war-torn refugees firsthand, Ms. Kangarlou launched Art of Hope, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on helping Syrian refugees overcome the mental wounds of war and displacement through PTSD treatment, psychosocial support, and trauma-relief programming in the region. She is an outspoken advocate for refugees, war-torn children and ethnically persecuted minorities.
In 2017, Ms. Kangarlou anchored the entire live coverage of the Concordia Summits in New York City on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. That same year, she was a keynote speaker at the first International Summit For Syrian Education in Istanbul where she addressed global leaders on the harrowing challenges faced by Syrians and refugee children worldwide. In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Ted Sorensen award from Network 20/20 Foreign Policy group for her reporting and humanitarian work on the global refugee crisis.
Ms. Kangarlou was born and raised in Tehran, Iran until her late teens. She has a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from USC. She is based in London.