Samia Nakhoul has reported from the Middle East for almost 35 years. She began her career reporting on the civil war in Lebanon in the 1980s, has covered the Western hostage crisis, hijackings, the Gulf War of 1990-91, the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, where she was severely wounded when a tank shell hit the Palestine Hotel, headquarters of the international press and had to undergo brain surgery.
Reuters scoop of the year for breaking the news that former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured with his son and then later killed – 2013
Her special report on the secret plan to take Tripoli was recognized as a finalist in the Pultizers that year. – 2013
She was awarded the Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite, one of France’s highest honors, for her venerable career covering the Middle East – 2014
The Reuters Baron Award which recognizes an individual who exemplifies Reuters tradition of integrity, journalistic excellence, personal courage and expertise – 2015
Reuters scoop of the year award for leading the coverage that unveiled the grisly murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul – 2020