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Shameem Rassam

Executive Producer, Alhurra Television

Shameem N. Rassam is Executive Producer of Alhurra-Iraq TV in the Washington, DC area, where she oversees news and current events programming.   She has over thirty years of experience in media programming, planning, budgeting, recruiting, training, and government relations with the Arab world. She worked for the Ministry of Information in Baghdad before becoming Radio Manager and TV consultant for the Arab Network of America in Washington, DC.  She later worked as a reporter for Voice of America, an interpreter for the U.S. State Department, and as a manager for two Iraqi national radio stations and Al-Iraqiyah satellite television station.  She served from 2003 to 2012 in a variety of roles instructing and advising US officials on communications, civil society, culture, history, and conflicts in Iraq and the Arab world. In her role at Alhurra-Iraq TV, she has helped highlight issues related to Iraqi orphans and vulnerable children.