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Kareem El Damanhoury, PhD is an Egyptian academic and freelance journalist. With over a decade of media experience, he is currently an Assistant Professor in the University of Denver’s Media, Film & Journalism Studies department, a faculty affiliate in the Center for Middle East Studies, and the founder and managing director of DU Media. Since 2017, he has been serving as a content producer at CNN International.

Born and raised in Cairo, Kareem received his BA in Mass Communication from Cairo University. He then worked in the advertising field for a few years at DDB Cairo before shifting his career to broadcast journalism in the post-Arab Spring era. Afterwards, he worked as a TV producer in a number of TV stations in Egypt. Moving to Ohio in 2013, he worked as a producer and news anchor/reporter at the local PBS affiliate channel in south eastern Ohio, where he also received his MA in Communication from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. Later, he worked as a supervisor producer at GSU TV, a GPB affiliate channel in Atlanta, Georgia, and received his Ph.D. from Georgia State University’s Communication Department in 2018.

His research focuses on visual communication, international/intercultural communication, and media and conflict. Much of his work over the past few years has centered on the use of new media and visual communication strategies by violent militant groups in the Arab world and the emergence of alternative proto-state media systems.