Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

ADC Chicago Hosts Journalist Anisa Mehdi

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

ADC Chicago Hosts Journalist Anisa Mehdi

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Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Chicago was proud to host a July 20 membership night meeting and dinner at the Bawadi restaurant in Bridgeview, IL with Anisa Mehdi, a daughter of the late Iraqi-American journalist Dr. M.T. Mehdi, her sisters Laila and Janan, and their mother, Beverlee.

The event, featuring Mehdi, an Emmy Award-winning journalist specializing in religion and the arts, drew many new ADC members. Mehdi had just returned from a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholarship in Jordan, where she worked training TV news and documentary filmmakers in advanced storytelling techniques and styles. She also worked with Jordan Radio & Television, the Royal Film Commission, and the Jordan Media Institute.

Mehdi, artistic director of "Documentary Voices: Pulling Focus," Dubai 2008 , is also media consultant to the Abraham Path Initiative . For more than 20 years she has reported, written, directed and produced television news and documentary programs for major American media outlets, including National Geographic, PBS, ABC News, and CBS. Her commentaries have been heard on NPR's "All Things Considered," and she has written perspective pieces for newspapers, magazines and Internet sites. Founder and president of Whetstone Productions, a New Jersey-based production and consulting company, Mehdi is also adjunct professor of communications at Seton Hall University.

"My father was very active in the 1960s," she recalled. "He would often bring us to protest the actions of the government of Israel in New York, and we would work with him handing out flyers and urging Americans to understand the real issues regarding Palestine," Mehdi told the crowd.

Mehdi related how she, her sisters, mother and father were harassed because of their activism. M.T. Mehdi produced the popular English-language ACTION Newspaper, which was distributed nationally throughout the American-Arab community. …

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