My name is Yeganeh June Torbati and I’m a reporter for Reuters, currently based in Dubai.
I’m originally from Norman, Oklahoma, and have previously reported for The Baltimore Sun, and interned at The New York Times, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Jo Magazine, and The Oklahoman.
As an undergraduate at Yale University, I studied political science and modern Middle East studies, and focused my thesis research on changes in the structure of Iran’s Basij military force over the last thirty years. In college, I spent a summer in Iran helping to provide HIV/AIDS prevention services to at-risk populations, teaching women’s classes and translating for visiting officials. Additionally, I conducted original research over the course of nine months in Amman, Jordan on mental health resources available to Iraqi refugees. I also reported for an English-language magazine and studied Arabic in Amman, and graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts in May 2010.
At The Baltimore Sun, I led the paper’s coverage of the 2010 Census results, and also reported on crime, health, politics, and courts. Also between 2010 and 2011, I conducted research for New York Times reporter David E. Sanger, on his book examining the national security challenges facing the United States and the Obama administration’s foreign policy responses. The book, titled “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power,” was released June 2012. You can buy it here.
I speak, read, and write fluent Persian, and am always working on my Arabic. Thanks for stopping by!