Linda Gradstein is a journalist who reports for PRI’s The World, AOL News and writes for Slate. Ms. Gradstein has covered important events in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip such as the intifada, the mass immigration of Soviet immigrants to Israel, the leadership of Yasser Arafat, Hamas in Gaza, the Persian Gulf war, and major elections in Israel. Ms. Gradstein was the Israel correspondent for NPR News from 1990 until 2009. She is a member of the team that received the Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as well as the team that received Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for her coverage of the Persian Gulf War.
Ms. Gradstein earned a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1985 and a master’s degree in Arab Studies. She spent a year as a Rotary Fellow at the American University in Cairo and was selected to be a Knight Journalist Fellow at Stanford University in 1998-9. Ms. Gradstein speaks both Hebrew and Arabic.
Ms. Gradstein is a visiting professor at Georgetown University and the College of Charleston, teaching courses in Covering Conflict and Radio Reporting.
Ms. Gradstein was a speaker at the 2010 Georgetown Center for Contemporary Arab Studies – United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs Seminar in Abu Dhabi, titled “Obama vs. Netanyahu: Long Term Rift or Short Term Misunderstanding?”