Dena Takruri (@Dena) is a Senior Presenter at AJ+ and one of the channel's founding members. Many of her videos have gone viral, earning millions of views on Facebook and hundreds of thousands of shares on YouTube and Twitter. Dena's reporting style is bold and immersive, often speaking truth to power and giving voice to those unheard. She has reported internationally on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on Europe's refugee crisis, where she was one of the first journalists to ever broadcast using Facebook Live. Domestically, Dena covered the 2016 presidential race, the armed occupation of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refugee, the Flint water crisis, AIPAC's annual policy conference, and the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock among many other stories. She has extensively covered the #BlackLivesMatter movement, police brutality, and issues related to Arab and Muslim communities in the U.S.
Prior to joining AJ+, Dena was a producer and host at HuffPost Live in New York. Before that she worked at Al Jazeera Arabic in Washington D.C. producing its flagship political talk show, "Min (from) Washington." She holds a BA in International Development Studies from UC Berkeley and an MA from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
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