Najwa Qassem (Arabic: نجوى قاسم‎, whose last name can be written phonetically in English as Qasem, Qassim or Alqasim, and Kassem; 7 July 1967 – 2 January 2020) was a Lebanese journalist and television presenter (anchor) for Al Jadeed, Future TV and Al Arabiya.

Najwa Qassem
نجوى قاسم
Born(1967-07-07)7 July 1967
Died2 January 2020(2020-01-02) (aged 52)
EducationMaster's degree in Architecture (1993) from Lebanese University
OccupationTelevision presenter and journalist
EmployerAl Arabiya
AwardsBest Female Presenter, 2006, Arab Media Festival

Qassem has received many professional awards, and she was named by Arabian Business Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the Arab world.[1]


Najwa Qassem was born on 7 July 1967 in Joun, Lebanon,[2] a few years before the Lebanese Civil War. Qassem initially aspired to study architecture but soon fell in love with media and televised broadcasting.[1]


She first appeared on television in 1991 on Al Jadeed (New TV Lebanon) as a program presenter, then in 1993 moved to Future TV of Beirut. In 2003 she became a part of the team for Al Arabiya. Since 2003 Qassem has been a senior anchor and correspondent of the Al Arabiya news channel.[3] She has covered numerous wars and assassinations during her career including the assassination of Rafic Hariri in 2005,[4] and is considered a veteran news reporter.[5]

Notable reporting assignmentsEdit

Throughout her years of experience she has put herself in the front lines of danger, and has covered some of the dangerous events going on in the world: The War on Afghanistan, Israel Occupations and Subsequent Withdrawals in South Lebanon.

Iraq WarEdit

A year after joining the Al Arabiya team, she experienced and survived a bombing attack on the Al Arabiya's Baghdad news station. Eight people died in the bombing.[6]

Najwa Qassem reported updates on the Iraqi war from the front lines in Baghdad. During her last week in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, restrictions were placed on journalists making it dangerous to move around.[7]

2006 Lebanon WarEdit

Najwa Qassem received extensive coverage during the Israeli war on Lebanon2006 Lebanon War as she was one of a number of female Arab reporters who were reporting from the front lines. Qassem and her colleague Rima Maktabi observed the bombing of a heavily populated region of south Lebanon being attacked from the air as well as the sea.[8]


Najwa Qassem was awarded Best Female Presenter in 2006 at the Fourth Arab Media Festival.[9]


On 2 January 2020, Qassem died in her sleep from a heart attack, although having had no prior health problems.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "100 Most Powerful Arab Women 2011". Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  2. ^ "نجوى قاسم "حدث اليوم".. رحلت وعينها على لبنان". Al Arabiya (in Arabic). 2 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Risks for journalists multiply in deadly Iraq". Reuters. 2004-11-03. Archived from the original on 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  4. ^ "Crisis Coverage: Spotlight On Arab Media". Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  5. ^ "Najwa Kassem". Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  6. ^ "Bloody Iraqi attacks include TV centre bomb". Telegraph. 2004-10-30. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  7. ^ Ghanri, Ma'ali; AyasHia, Linda (2003-08-07). "War Reporters Cross the Invisible Line for Arab Women". Arab News. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Arab women lead Lebanon coverage - Archive". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  9. ^ "Al Arabiya wins regional media awards | Al Arabiya". Archived from the original on 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  10. ^ "العربية والحدث تنعيان الزميلة الإعلامية نجوى قاسم". Al Arabiya (in Arabic). 2 January 2020.

Further readingEdit