The longtime CNN personality discusses how she cut her teeth reporting from the dangerous frontlines of Lebanon's civil war; how women's movements are shaping post-Arab Spring countries; and how a Tweet led to her being fired from CNN after 20 years of service.
Nasr is one of the first journalists to integrate social media with newsgathering and reporting. She is CNN's former Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs and Co-Creator of the network's digital international newsgathering strategy. She is the recipient of several awards including the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2006, Golden Cable ACE Award in 2003, and Overseas Press Club Award in 2001. Before joining CNN, Nasr was a war correspondent for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation. She is currently a columnist with Annahar newspaper and co-host of MBC1's flagship program Kalam Nawaem.
HUFFPOST MEDIA ARTICLE: Undaunted, Octavia Nasr Tweets to New Heights - She has no regrets, she looks forward to capitalizing on the many opportunities the Middle East has to offer, and she continues to vigorously promote social media, although it led to her ouster from CNN. by Magda Abu-Fadil
Arab Media Forum - Octavia was a guest speaker at the recent Arab Media Forum in Dubai. Above is a photo from her
perspective at the podium.
Former CNN senior editor of Middle East affairs, Octavia Nasr is considered one of the pioneers of bridging the gap between traditional and social media. She played a pivotal role building and running the social media international news gathering strategy at CNN, until she was fired in July 2010, over a public statement of respect on Twitter for Lebanese cleric Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, who she considered ÃÃ†â€™Â¢Ã¢â€Ã…Â¡Â¬ÃÃ¢â‚¬Â¹ÅÃ¢â‚¬Å“one of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot'. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images