Video: Meet a Fellow, Kareem Awadalla


Video by Yihyun Jeong

By Brittany Frew

During his time as a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow this year, Kareem Awadalla has taken the opportunity
to educate people on his home country of Egypt as he studies television production, online news and
multimedia journalism at the Walter Cronkite School.

Prior to being a member of this year’s fellowship program, Awadalla was the youngest talk-show host
for Egyptian Radio and hosted both an evening political segment and a morning talk show for Television

“I wasn’t a correspondent when (the uprising) first happened,” Awadalla said. “I was working for variety
programs so I wasn’t reporting in any form anything related to politics. But when things happened I felt
like it was my role to let the people know what was happening and what the message was behind that,
and to tell the world. Because I am multilingual, it was a chance to speak to foreign channels and let
them know what was happening.”

Amidst his numerous journalistic successes and despite the demanding nature of news in Egypt,
Awadalla decided to take some time off to participate in the 10-month professional development
program through the Cronkite School for the 2012-2013 year.

“Currently in Egypt it is the high season of news, every news person wants to be in Egypt right now,”
Awadalla said. “The Humphrey fellowship came to me by chance. When I was approved, and I wasn’t
expecting that, I thought that I really needed a break, a long-term break.”

Awadalla has had the opportunity through the fellowship to attend seminars and conferences around
the United States to talk with other professionals on global issues and has taken advantage of the
opportunity to both learn new things and educate on the political status of Egypt.

“Here in the States and everywhere in the whole world, what’s happening in the Middle East and
Egypt is affecting and affected by the whole world,” Awadalla said. “This is one of the reasons I’m speaking internationally. To the whole rest of the world, we did already have our share of revolution and that is the end of it. Back home people perceive we’ve started something but haven’t finished it yet.”

Awadalla has appeared in numerous television and radio interviews since he began the fellowship
and gave a presentation at the Cronkite School Wednesday as part of his effort to educate
students and faculty on the past and present situation in Egypt.

“At Cronkite, you are expected to be the world’s leaders and soon,” Awadalla said. “So in a way I’m
influencing you as people, and at the same time might be influencing the way you would cover what’s
happening in my region. So spreading the real essence of what’s happening to the whole world.”

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