Alia Malek is a journalist and former civil rights lawyer. She is the author of “A Country Called Amreeka: US History Re-Told Through Arab American Lives,” “The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria,” and editor of “Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustices.” In April, 2011, she moved to Damascus, Syria and wrote anonymously for several outlets in the country as it began to disintegrate. Her reporting from Syria earned her the Marie Colvin Award in November 2013. She served as Senior Writer at Al Jazeera America until 2015. In November 2016, she was honored with the 12th annual Hiett Prize in the Humanities. The New York Foundation for the Arts named her a fellow in nonfiction literature in the summer of 2017. Malek is currently collaborating with 2018 Oak Fellow, Bassam Khabieh on a book of photography, vignettes, and essays entitled, “Witnesses to War: The Children of Syria.”
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