About Us

Syria Direct is a non-profit journalism organization that produces timely, credible coverage of Syria while training highly talented, aspiring Syrian and international journalists in professional news-gathering and accurate, in-depth reporting.

Founded in 2013, Syria Direct publishes original news reports, interviews with newsmakers and newsworthy photographs and videos from Syria along with newsletters.

Our reporters cover key military developments and track the country’s shifting politics, province by province, to explain news as it unfolds, placing a particular focus on the individuals driving events on the ground.

Throughout the editorial process, we emphasize the tenets of professional journalism, from identifying sources and checking facts to providing balanced, well-rounded reporting on contentious issues.

Our commitment is to use the highest journalistic standards for Syrians to report on their own country, to influence the wider news agenda and inculcate principles of independent, critical thinking with integrity in our reporters.

As a result of agenda-free funding, our focus is on providing credible, original, relevant and immediate news and analysis of Syria. 


Amjad Tadros, Executive Director

Amjad Tadros is an entrepreneur and award-winning investigative journalist with more than 28 years of experience reporting from the Middle East. He is the Middle East Producer for CBS News and the recipient of three Emmy Awards in Investigative Journalism, two Alfred duPont Awards and the co-recipient of the Peabody Award. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Syria Direct, for which he was named the 2017 John P. McNulty Prize Laureate. Amjad is a fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

Haley McCoin, Managing Director

Haley McCoin received a BA in International Relations and Arabic language from the University of Texas at Austin. She previously worked as Syria Direct's Program Manager

Sophie Zinser, Deputy Director

Sophie Zinser graduated from Wesleyan University, where she co-founded the Wesleyan Refugee Project, and went on to work in international development management with the International Rescue Committee's Emergency Team in New York. She recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Amman with the Center for Women's Studies at the University of Jordan and Questscope's Za'atari Camp Youth Center before joining Syria Direct as its first Deputy Director.

Tom Rollins, Editor-in-Chief

Tom Rollins is a journalist and researcher from the north of England, who graduated with an English BA from the University of Cambridge. He previously worked as an independent journalist in Egypt between 2013 and 2015 and Lebanon between 2016 and 2017, and has written for Al Jazeera English, IRIN, Mada Masr and The National.

Noura Hourani, Managing Arabic Editor 

Noura Hourani is from Latakia province. She studied English Literature at Tishreen University and previously worked as a private English tutor in Syria. She has worked at Syria Direct since 2015 and was named the 2018 Middle East and North Africa Laureate for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers' (WAN-IFRA) Women in News Editorial Leadership Award.

Madeline Edwards, Associate English Editor

Madeline Edwards graduated from the College of Charleston in 2016 and previously reported for The Daily Star in Beirut.


Ammar Hamou, Senior Reporter

Ammar Hamou is from the city of Douma in the East Ghouta suburbs of Damascus. He studied journalism at Damascus University and previously worked at a publishing house in Jordan. He has participating in seminars in Jordan and Spain on the development of social values, responsibility and citizenry in Syria. Ammar also works as an editor for The Syrian Voice. 

Waleed Khaled a-Noufal, Reporter

Waleed a-Noufal was born in Inkhil in northern Daraa province. Waleed worked as an activist for his local city council and the Umayya Media Center. In 2013, he moved to Jordan and finished his high school degree. Waleed wants to bring about a solution to the current crisis through his reporting. 

Alaa Nassar, Reporter

Alaa Nassar was forced to flee Damascus with her family because of pressure from the Syrian regime in 2013. She was unable to finish her education in Jordan due to financial challenges. She came to Syria Direct to find a new direction in her life. 

Mohammad Abdulssattar Ibrahim, Reporter

Mohammad is from Amouda in Al-Hasakah province. He moved to Jordan in 2004. He previously worked with the Syrian Revolution LLC in Amman, reporting and coordinating protests. He then did volunteer work with refugees living in Amman. 

Reem Ahmad, Reporter

Reem is from Latakia. She studied law at the University of Damascus and left for Jordan to continue her studies, help refugees and shed light on humanitarian issues for Syrians.

Sama Mohammed, Translator

Sama is from Daraa province. She received her bachelor’s degree in literature in 2011 and taught English in Sheikh Miskeen. In 2013, she moved to Jordan and worked as a freelance translator before joining Syria Direct.


Batool Hajjar, Translator

Batool is from Latakia. She studied English literature for two years in Syria before moving to Jordan at the end of 2012. She holds a certificate in conflict resolution, civil society building and transitional justice from George Mason University. Batool is currently studying for her bachelor’s degree in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She hopes to return to her country after finishing her studies to help rebuild a united and democratic Syria.


Justin Clark, Senior Reporter

Justin studied Arabic at Western Michigan University. He continued his studies at Bethlehem University in the West Bank and the Qasid Institute in Jordan. Justin’s work and studies have brought him to Jordan, the West Bank, Egypt and Greece. 

Avery Edelman, Reporter/Translator

Avery Edelman graduated from Tufts University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and international relations.

Alice Al Maleh, Reporter/Translator

Alice Al Maleh holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Copenhagen. She has studied Arabic independently since 2013 and most recently with Sijal Institute in 2017-2018.

Barrett Limoges, Reporter/Translator
Barrett Limoges is an investigative journalist who has reported from across the MENA region, his work appearing previously in Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye, PBS Newshour, Al-Monitor, Huffington Post and other publications. He studied journalism at the University of King's College and is currently pursuing a MA in Political Science at the American University of Beirut.


Our Partners: 

Syria Direct does not accept advertising. Syria Direct’s newsroom operations are funded by the Global Peace & Development Charitable Trust.

Alongside our news coverage, Syria Direct conducts periodic training sessions for 12 Syrian journalist trainees at a time. Past training sessions have received support from the US Embassy Amman's Public Affairs Section, the Syria office of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung organization and the Canadian Embassy in Amman. 

The Aspen Institute named Syria Direct as Laureate of the 2017 John P. McNulty Prize, recognizing organizations that leverage entrepreneurism to address the most intractable challenges in their communities.