Jason Rezaian

Spring 2023
Resident Fellow
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Jason Rezaian writes for The Washington Post’s “Global Opinions” section. Previously he was the Post’s Tehran bureau chief from 2012 to 2016. In July 2014, he was arrested by Iranian authorities and imprisoned for 544 days until his release in January 2016.

Before joining The Washington Post he wrote for many U.S.-based and international publications including Time Magazine, Foreign Policy, The San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, GlobalPost, and Monocle. Rezaian’s memoir, Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison, was published in January 2019 by Anthony Bourdain Books, an imprint of Ecco Books. In collaboration with Crooked Media, Gimlet Media, and A24, he adapted it as a nine-episode narrative audio series, which is available as a Spotify Original Podcast.

Since 2018 Rezaian has been a CNN Global Affairs contributor. Among his other television credits are appearances on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Face the Nation, CBS Morning News, Amanpour, Reliable Sources, United Shades of America, and PBS News Hour. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Class of 2017, and Terker Distinguished Fellow at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

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