Saba Bebawi is a journalism and media researcher who has published on media power and the role of media in democracy-building, in addition to investigative journalism in conflict and post-conflict regions. She is author of ‘Media Power and Global Television News: The role of Al Jazeera English’, and ‘Investigative Journalism in the Arab World: Issues and Challenges’, in addition to co-editor of ‘Social Media and the Politics of Reportage: The ‘Arab Spring’.
She holds a PhD in International News from the University of Melbourne, an MA research in Media Policy from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and an MA in Communications from Monash University in Australia.
Bebawi has worked as a journalist since 1995. She was a broadcaster/producer for Radio Jordan English service for four years, and also worked on a contract basis for CNN, World New Events (USA), and Dubai TV. She is a media development and policy consultant, in addition to being a media trainer. She has previously held academic positions at Monash University and Swinburne University in Australia, in addition to Zayed University in the UAE. She was a scholarly fellow at the Centre for Media Pluralism and Freedom at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy (June-July 2017); and visiting fellow at the Middle East Institute (MEI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), (July 2016).
She is currently an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA fellow (2018-2020) for a project on ‘Developing an Arab Culture of Investigative Journalism’. She is also Chief Investigator of an ARC Discovery Project (2018-2020) with Associate Professor Timothy Dwyer (USyd), Professor Derek Wilding (UTS), Dr Jonathon Hutchinson (USyd) and Dr Kari Karppinen (Helsinki), on a project titled ‘Media Pluralism and Online News’. She is project director for the Foreign Correspondent Study Tour (FCST), funded by the Australian government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and the New Colomobo Plan (NCP) mobility grants.