Want News From Tehran? Go To Boston

“I read it every day,” says Robin Wright, author of “Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East” and a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. “It offers a variety of views and analyses of Iran and it’s extremely timely. It’s not the same garbage from others who don’t know what they are talking about.”

Tehran Bureau was started by Iranian-born Kelly Golnoush Niknejad, a lawyer with two master’s degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, after she became frustrated with the “simplistic and dumbed-down” reporting about her native Iran.

Correspondents and contacts inside and outside Iran provide her with first-hand accounts to counter official state media reports – invaluable during the protests after the presidential election and now as the Green Wave attempts to ignite pressures for reform.

In an interview with NPR, Niknejad, who works from her home in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, said she has an incredible staff of contributors and contacts inside and outside of Iran. “People who really know the subject, are very passionate about it, who have an incredible, rich network in Iran and among Iranians.”

Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian Studies at Columbia University, said Tehran Bureau is one of the few places in the Western world where readers could get frequently updated information on Iran from the ground.

“It is true that the Web site is mainly of importance to those of us outside of Iran,” said Dabashi, who visits the site three to four times a day. “But I know for a fact that some people in Iran, who speak English, read it, too. It’s on par with BBC Persia, I think. Maybe even better.”

Tehran Bureau can be accessed here.

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