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Nahum Barnea
Yedioth Ahronoth Daily
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Nahum Barnea

Company: Yedioth Ahronoth Daily
Title: Political Columnist
Fields of operation: Media, Politics

Nahum Barnea serves as the Chief Columnist for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel's biggest daily. Mr. Barnea won the State of Israel Prize for communication in 2007. He has been a Trustee at The International Crisis Group since July 2010. He began his path in journalism when he was studying in University as a reporter and later the editor in chief of the student newspaper, and from there continued to the daily newspaper Davar, where he wrote from 1967 to 1982. Among other things, he was the newspaper bureau chief in the United States, stationed in Washington, D. C. In 1982 he founded and edited the newsweekly Koteret Roshit (“Headline”), which excelled in its level of writing. One of the paper’s remarkable achievements was the publication of “Yellow Wind” by the novelist David Grossman, which revealed to the Israeli public the anguishes of occupation on the eve of the first Intifada. Since 1989, he has been the chief columnist of Yedioth Ahronoth, covering every step in the peace process, interviewing all the players, including three American President (Clinton, Bush and Obama), two Palestinian President (Arafat and Abass) and every Israeli leader, covering international conferences and world events. Mr. Barnea reported from New York on 9/11 and from Port-Au-prince on the Haiti earthquake. In 2006 he was one of the few reporters who went into Lebanon during the second Lebanon war. His call to the government of Israel to accept the ceasefire, based on what he has seen on the ground had a tremendous influence. He was awarded the Sokolov Prize for journalism in 1981, and in 2008 the Maria Grazia Cutuli International Prize for Journalism, a prize which was founded by the Italian daily “Curriera Della Sera”. On 29 March 2007, he accepted an award from the president of Tel Aviv University for “his achievements and his unique contribution to the profession of journalism in Israel”. According to a survey in 1998, he was considered the most influential journalist of the first 50 years of the State of Israel. He has published three books, all collections of his columns. In 2006, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution published his essay, “Backchannel: Bush, Sharon and The Uses of Unilateralism”. He served in the IDF in the paratroopers brigade and continued to serve on reserve duty as a paratrooper until 1992. He earned a B. A. in history and political science from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is now a member of their Board. Mr. Barnea is married and is the father of three children.