Journalist and Philanthropist

Tara Kangarlou is an award-winning journalist who has written, reported, and produced for CNN, CNN International, NBC Los Angeles, Al Jazeera America, Huffington Post and Al Monitor. In 2015, she led Al Jazeera America’s unprecedented access to report and produce from Iran during the historic nuclear negotiations. In recent years, she has spent time on the ground in conflict zones and in the Syrian border regions of Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. Having witnessed the issues that impact the Syrian people, the host countries, and the region at large, led Ms. Kangarlou to move beyond storytelling and reporting on the issues and found Art of Hope Inc. an NYC-based non-profit, non-governmental, non-religious 501(c)3 charitable organization that provides alternative educational and vocational training for Syrian refugees in an effort to address the massive mental-health and psychological challenges among the refugee population. Ms. Kangarlou was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and moved to the States in her late teens. As a journalist and philanthropist, she aspires to objectively and openly report and tell the stories that shape, influence, and impact people’s lives around the world. Ms. Kangarlou is a proud graduate of UCLA, B.A. and USC, M.A., she is currently based in New York City. Tara is a member of Network 20/20.

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