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.

Negar has been featured in FORBES among 30 inspirational women who made great achievements and continue to break boundaries in work and life. She has been named by Middle East Policy Council among 40 under 40 leaders shaping the present and future of US-Middle East relations, and among 40 under 40 Iranian-Americans who have made an enormous impact on their community and country. She was named a rising star in US foreign policy by New America Foundation and also by the Center For Strategic and International Studies, and in 2017 was named a Young Leader by Friends of Europe, a prominent European institutions based in Brussels.

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.

Negar has a Master of Arts from Brandeis University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts. She lived in Iran and Germany, immigrated to the United States in 2002, and has been forced into exile since 2009.