Multimedia Reporter, Producer. Formerly with CNN, CNN International, Al Jazeera America.
Tara Kangarlou is an award-winning journalist who has reported and produced breaking news stories, investigative pieces, and magazine-style print and broadcast stories on both domestic and international issues. Over the years she has written, reported, and produced for CNN, CNN International, NBC Los Angeles, Al Jazeera America, Huffington Post and Al Monitor.
As a multimedia journalist, Ms. Kangarlou has reported from the United States and around the world including Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. In 2015, she led Al Jazeera America’s unprecedented access to report and produce from Iran during the historic nuclear negotiations. She has interviewed many high-ranking politicians, heads of states, and senior government officials from the U.S. and beyond.
In the recent years, she has spent much time on the ground in conflict zones and in the Syrian border regions of Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, where she witnessed the Syrian conflict first hand. 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—but to create a platform through which there can be direct impact on those affected by this crisis.
In 2016, she founded Art of Hope Inc. an NYC-based non-profit, non-governmental, non-religious 501(c)3 charitable organization that aspires to provide 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.