Leyla Doss

Audio Journalist in New York City.


I'm a print investigative reporter turned audio journalist.

I have native trilingual fluency in English, Arabic and Italian, and over 10 years of experience in journalism, strategic communications, and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) political analysis. I also co-founded the global prizewinning news site Mada Masr, described by The Guardian as "the news site keeping press freedom alive in Egypt.

I tell stories that cover the "why" of news, and connect the dots between history, high-level politics such as immigration and foreign policy (particularly in the MENA region), with human stories on US soil and abroad. Most recently, I have also been reporting from New York City as a graduate student for Columbia's School of Journalism, where I  graduated with an M.S. in Journalism (audio specialization) in August 2021. During my time there I was also the President of the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association, Columbia University Chapter.

My experience abroad included reporting for the Financial Times, The Guardian and other international outlets on Egyptian politics, the criminal justice system, police violence, social movements and resource conflicts in Nile basin countries. I also covered key events such as the trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and Egyptian presidential elections.


I graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and Media Studies, as well as an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS; the world's top institution for the study of the MENA region.

Audio Clips

All of these stories were scripted, produced, edited and reported entirely by me,.


What are vaccine passports? And are they ethical? - Uptown Radio.

New York mayoral race signals political shift on Palestine and Israel. - Uptown Radio

Johnson and Johnson Vaccine receives mixed responses from the Catholic Community - Uptown Radio

Co-host - entire broadcast - Uptown Radio


History of the minimum wage fight - Columbia News Service (selected to be uploaded onto the wire).

The missing box - on not having a MENA category in the census and all forms of natiowide data collection. - Uptown Radio

Black-owned businesses thrive in Weeksville - Uptown Radio


Leaving the Coptic Orthodox Church - Master's Project.


The quest to find Nafas - Telling True Stories in Sound Podcast

The journey home through Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. - Telling True Stories in Sound Podcast

Print Clips

To view my print clips, (both long-form and news) please check out this portfolio here.

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