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Type of site
Available inEnglish
Founder(s)Jamal Daniel
LaunchedFebruary 13, 2012
Current statusActive

Al-Monitor is a news website launched in 2012 by the Arab-American entrepreneur Jamal Daniel.[1] Based in Washington, D.C.,[2] Al-Monitor provides reporting and analysis from and about the Middle East. Al-Monitor is the recipient of the International Press Institute’s 2014 Free Media Pioneer Award.[3]

History and organization

Al-Monitor was launched on 13 February 2012 by Jamal Daniel.[1] It was founded with the mission to foster a deeper understanding between the Middle East and the international community by diving deep with analytical pieces from some of the most trusted, independent authors from across the globe. [1]

In 2018, Al-Monitor partnered with North Base Media which was founded by Marcus Brauchli and Sasa Vucinic to manage Al-Monitor in order "to provide top-level operational and financial decision-making, and work with the company to explore possible content and commercial avenues."[4]


Al-Monitor features reporting and analysis by journalists and experts from the Middle East, with special focus sections on Egypt, the Persian Gulf, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, North Africa, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey.

In 2015, Al-Monitor relaunched its website and expanded coverage to include further reporting on Washington, the addition of a culture section, a new podcast and video coverage.[5][6] In 2023, Al-Monitor launched its business[7] and technology[8] coverage, released several newsletters [9]and introduced a subscription model to access its content. In 2024, Al-Monitor integrated article translation in seven languages and narrated audio to listen to articles.

Past and present editors, columnists, and contributors include Amberin Zaman, formerly a Turkey correspondent for The Economist; Ben Caspit, one of Israel’s top national security commentators and analysts; Daoud Kuttab, columnist for Al-Monitor’s Palestine Pulse; Sultan al Qassemi, former columnist with the United Arab Emirates–based The National and one of Time's 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011 selections;[10] Barbara Slavin, former diplomatic correspondent for USA Today and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council; Laura Rozen, a former foreign policy reporter for Politico, Foreign Policy, and Yahoo; the late Cairo-based political analyst Bassem Sabry, an Egyptian writer who wrote extensively on Egypt and the Arab Spring;[11] Ali Hashem, correspondent for Al-Jazeera TV; and Jack Detsch, columnist for Foreign Policy;[12] and Joyce Karam, former Washington correspondent for The National; and Edward Felsenthal, former editor-in-chief of Time.[13]


In 2014, the International Press Institute awarded Al-Monitor its Free Media Pioneer Award, stating that Al-Monitor's "unrivalled reporting and analysis exemplify the invaluable role that innovative and vigorously independent media can play in times of change and upheaval".[3]

In 2017, the Online News Association awarded Al-Monitor an Online Journalism Award for Best Explanatory Reporting for the series: "Middle East Lobbying: The Influence Game".[14] The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing awarded Al-Monitor a Best in Business Award for its Middle East lobbying newsletter in 2019.[15]


In January 2013, Ian Burrell of The Independent called Al-Monitor "an ambitious website that pulls together the commentary of distinguished writers from across the region."[16][17] In 2012, former The Washington Post foreign affairs blogger Max Fisher called Al-Monitor "an invaluable Web-only publication following the Middle East."[18] The Huffington Post has referred to Al-Monitor as "increasingly a daily must-read for insightful commentary on the Middle East",[19] and The Economist recommended Al-Monitor's Egypt and Iran coverage in its What to Read section.[20][21]

Al-Monitor editors and journalists are frequently cited in global media as experts on the Middle East, including by the New York Times,[22] Washington Post,[23] BBC,[24] Fox News,[25] Al-Jazeera[26] and many others.


In September 2023, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York City, Al-Monitor partnered with Semafor to host the Middle East Global Summit.[27] Interviews at the summit included His Majesty King Abullah II of Jordan; Prime Minister Mohammed Al Sudani of Iraq; Senior Diplomatic Adviser to the UAE President Dr. Anwar Gargash;  White House Senior Advisor for Energy and Investment Amos Hochstein; Oman Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr Albusaidi; US Assistant Secretary of State Barbara Leaf, as well as other senior regional ministers and private sector leaders.


  1. ^ a b c "About Us". Al-Monitor. Archived from the original on 2 February 2024. Retrieved 24 April 2024.
  2. ^ "5 years in, Al-Monitor is relaunching its website and expanding its coverage". Poynter. 2017-08-22. Archived from the original on 2019-03-26.
  3. ^ a b "Al-Monitor named Free Media Pioneer Award winner". 26 February 2014. Archived from the original on 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  4. ^ "Crest Media to partner with North Base Media in managing Al-Monitor". MarketWatch. Archived from the original on 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  5. ^ Grinapol, Corinne (August 23, 2017). "Al-Monitor Relaunches". Archived from the original on 2017-09-13. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  6. ^ "5 years in, Al-Monitor is relaunching its website and expanding its coverage". Poynter. 2017-08-22. Archived from the original on 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  7. ^ "Economy & Business - Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East". Retrieved 2024-04-24.
  8. ^ "Technology - Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East". Retrieved 2024-04-24.
  9. ^ "Subscribe to our newsletters. - Al-Monitor: Independent, trusted coverage of the Middle East". Retrieved 2024-04-24.
  10. ^ Fastenberg, Dan (28 March 2011). "The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011". Time. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Top Twitter Influentials in MENA". Archived from the original on 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  12. ^ Detsch, Jack (2024-05-22). "Jack Detsch". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2024-04-24.
  13. ^ "Edward Felsenthal Named Managing Editor of". Adweek. March 29, 2013. Archived from the original on April 26, 2023. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  14. ^ "Middle East Lobbying: The Influence Game". Online Journalism Awards. Archived from the original on 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  15. ^ "2019 Best in Business Honorees – Judging Comments – SABEW". Archived from the original on 2021-01-19. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  16. ^ Burrell, Ian (29 January 2013). "Rupert Murdoch's Twitter slap-down has big implications - and not just for News Corp editors". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  17. ^ "Al-Monitor named Free Media Pioneer Award winner," Archived 2014-04-08 at the Wayback Machine International Press Institute (IPI), (26 February 2014). Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  18. ^ Fisher, Max (October 22, 2012). "What then-U.S. national security adviser for Iran says about 'Argo'". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 24 October 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  19. ^ "Just Foreign Policy's Iran Online Petition Urges New York Times To Investigate Story Claims". HuffPost. 2012-04-23. Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2019-03-27.
  20. ^ "On Egypt". The Economist. 2013-09-09. ISSN 0013-0613. Archived from the original on 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  21. ^ "On Iran". The Economist. 2013-09-23. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  22. ^ Kershner, Isabel (April 14, 2014). "Iran Attack Tests Netanyahu's Political Staying Power". New York Times. Archived from the original on April 16, 2024. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  23. ^ Tharoor, Ishaan (September 21, 2023). "The U.S. wants Saudi-Israel normalization. Others aren't so sure". The Washington Post.
  24. ^ "Turkey will launch Syria ground operation after strikes - Erdogan". 23 November 2022. Retrieved 2024-04-24.
  25. ^ Elkind, Elizabeth (January 15, 2024). "Speaker Johnson demands firing of federal workers reportedly staging pro-Palestinian walkout". Fox News. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  26. ^ Stepansky, Joseph. "US federal workers risk livelihoods in push for course change on Gaza war". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2024-04-24.
  27. ^ "The Middle East Global Summit". Middle East Global Summit. April 24, 2024. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
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