Omar Kasrawi is a multimedia journalist based in New York City.
Born in London to Palestinian and Jordanian parents, he grew up in Switzerland, Japan and the United States. Growing up a diplomat's son while learning new cultures sparked his desire to become a storyteller.
After a short-lived career as a software engineer, Omar decided to pursue his true passion. And, in 2010, he graduated with a Master of Science degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he specialized in Digital Media. He also received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs where he focused on the Middle East.
Specializing in visual stories with an immediate and visceral quality , his work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, NY1, The Huffington Post, The Japan Times Weekly, and The Queens Chronicle, among others.
He worked as a photojournalist covering breaking news everyday for NY’s premiere 24-hour cable news network NY1.
After that, Omar worked as a digital producer for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) covering such topics like ending child marriage and female genital mutilation, as well as a range of under-reported human rights stories for a global audience.
Following his time as a writer/producer for Al Jazeera America's primetime domestic and international news hours, Omar is now producing news and politics videos for The Huffington Post. His goal, as always, remains giving a voice to the voiceless.
When he's not chasing a story, Omar can be found covering the New York Music scene. His work frequently appears on the online music magazine, Pancakes and Whiskey.
Omar continues to look for new and dynamic ways to bring people's stories to a wider audience.