Reza Sayah is a journalist currently based in Tehran, Iran. Reza worked for Al Jazeera, and was CNN's correspondent based in Cairo where he covered the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to his posting in Egypt, he was CNN’s Pakistan-based correspondent responsible for covering Pakistan and surrounding countries in South Asia.
Reza was born in Tehran and left for the U.S. in 1979 soon after the Islamic Revolution. During his career, Reza has reported on numerous world events including the Egyptian Revolution, the war in Afghanistan, the Ukrainian Revolution, the Libyan Revolution, and the disputed 2009 presidential elections in Iran.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Reza is fluent in Farsi and conversational in French.