Negar Mortazavi


Negar Mortazavi

Journalist and Political Analyst

Negar Mortazavi is an Iranian-American journalist and political analyst and host of the Iran Podcast based in Washington DC, who has been covering Iranian affairs and US foreign policy towards the Middle East for over a decade.

She is a regular media commentator and has appeared on CNN, NBC, NPR, BBC, France24, Aljazeera, and i24News. Her writing has been published in Foreign Policy magazine, The Intercept, Politico, and The Independent. She regularly speaks at panels and conferences about Iranian affairs and US foreign policy.

In 2021 Negar was featured in Forbes magazine among 30 inspirational women who have made great achievements in various fields and continue to break boundaries in their work and life. Negar was also named among 40 under 40 experts shaping US-Middle East relations, and among 40 under 40 Iranian-Americans who have made an enormous impact on their community and country. In 2020, she was named a MENA-American rising star in foreign policy by New America. And named a MENA Young Leader by Friends of Europe in 2017.

Previously she was a television anchor for Voice of America where she hosted a Persian talkshow on current affairs and an English news show on US elections. She was also a Washington Correspondent for Iran International television, and worked at the International Center For Journalists, the National Iranian American Council, and the United Nations Development Programme in New York.

She has a Master of Arts from Brandeis University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts. She was raised in Iran and Germany, and immigrated to the United States in 2002.