Sam Dagher

The Wall Street Journal

Sam Dagher is a Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal currently based in the Syrian capital Damascus. Since mid 2012 he has been focused on covering the war in Syria. He has written several exclusive stories about the Syrian regime’s efforts to defeat the rebellion against it and weather international economic sanctions and the impact of these moves on the country, its people and the wider region. He is one of the very few Western and only American reporter based full-time in Damascus since early 2013. He reported extensively from the province and city of Homs, one of the places most affected by Syria's ongoing civil war.

Starting in February 2011, he covered the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, Bahrain and Libya. He reported from Libya between March and September 2011, first in the capital Tripoli and then in the rebel strongholds of Benghazi and Misrata. He was the first reporter to write about rebel atrocities committed against black Libyans in the town of Tawergha near Misrata and the mass looting by militias of one of the African continent’s largest arms depots, located in the desert south of the Libyan city of Sirte.

He joined the Wall Street Journal in August 2010 in Iraq, where he has worked extensively since October 2003 for Agence France Pressethe Christian Science Monitor and then for the New York Times between 2008 and 2010. In Iraq, he reported on the U.S. troop surge in 2007-2008 and its aftermath, tribes and their role in battling al Qaeda in what came to be known as the Awakening, the Kurds and their growing power and internal fights, the plight of Christians and Shiite militancy and its impact on places like the oil rich city of Basra.

Sam holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He divides most of his time between Beirut and Damascus.

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