Dena is a Senior Presenter and Producer at AJ+, the all digital video news network from Al Jazeera Media Network based in San Francisco, CA.
Dena’s videos range in format from in-studio explainers that provide essential context to the biggest news stories, to interviews with experts and stakeholders, to international and domestic field reports. She has extensively covered the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the U.S., police brutality, mass incarceration, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Europe’s refugee crisis, and the 2016 presidential election.
Dena was one of the first journalists to ever use Facebook Live as a reporting tool while covering the refugee crisis in Europe in September 2015. She has since broadcasted live from various locations including the West Bank, Oregon amid the armed occupation of the Malheur wildlife refuge, Flint, Michigan during the water crisis, numerous Trump rallies and protests across the U.S., Orlando after the Pulse nightclub massacre, the DNC and RNC, and the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Her reporting style is experiential, immersive, and bold, often asking the tough and taboo questions others shy away from.
Previously, Dena was a host and producer at HuffPost Live, the online streaming video network of The Huffington Post based in New York City. She covered a vast range of topics, from foreign affairs to domestic politics, and even lifestyle and fashion. She focused on Middle East affairs and domestic civil-liberties issues, particularly regarding the Arab-American and Muslim-American communities.
Prior to joining HuffPost Live, Dena was with Al Jazeera Arabic in Washington D.C. for four years – producing its flagship political talk show, “Min (From) Washington.” There, she produced interviews with prominent political figures including Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Gates, Tony Blair, John McCain and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Dena was born and raised in San Francisco. She earned a BA in International Development Studies from UC Berkeley and a Master’s from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is a fluent Arabic speaker.