Copyright: Graeme Robertson / Ramita Navai

Ramita Navai is an award-winning British-Iranian journalist, documentary producer and author. She has reported from over forty countries and has a reputation for investigations and work in hostile environments. 

She was the Tehran correspondent for The Times from 2003 - 2006. She has reported for the United Nations in Pakistan, Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran, as well as writing for many newspapers and magazines.

From 2006 - 20012 she was a reporter on Channel 4's Unreported World, making twenty documentaries.

In 2012 she won an Emmy award for her PBS Frontline documentary Syria Undercover.

She has made several news features for Channel 4 News including Tracking down the Refugee Kidnap Gangs which won a Royal Television Society Journalism Award and the Foreign Press Association News Story of the Year Award.

She reported and produced Iraq Uncovered for PBS Frontline and ISIS and the Battle for Iraq for Channel 4’s Dispatches, winning the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the British Journalism Award for Foreign Affairs and the Frontline Club Broadcast Journalism Award. Iraq Uncovered was also nominated for two Emmy awards (Outstanding Investigation and Outstanding Research).

For her most recent documentary, she reported and produced U.N. Sex Abuse Scandal for PBS Frontline, Channel 4's Dispatches and ARTE. It won the Robert. F. Kennedy 2019 Journalism Award (International Television), has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigation and shortlisted for two Grierson Awards.

Her first book City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran won the Debut Political Book of the Year at the 2015 Political Book Awards, and was awarded the Royal Society of Literature's Jerwood Prize for non-fiction. It has been translated into five languages. She is also a contributing author to Shifting Sands: The Unravelling of the Old Order in the Middle East (published in the UK and US).

She is regularly interviewed about her work in newspapers, magazines and TV, both in the US, the UK and in Europe. This includes being a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to talk about Iran and her book, and appearances on Morning Joe, Sky News, BBC News, BBC Radio 4’s The Today programme among others.