Amel Ahmed is a multimedia investigative journalist currently working as an associate producer on an upcoming HBO documentary, and co-director of a film about the criminal justice system.
Amel’s work focuses on the criminal justice system, environmental justice, immigration, race relations, and Yemen.
In the past, she’s worked at Emmy award-winning Punched Productions helping to produce a series of digital documentary shorts highlighting changemakers. She was also an associate producer for Changing Face of Harlem, a one-hour documentary examining Harlem’s cultural history and economic revitalization.
In 2011, she traveled to Yemen, where she covered the mass street uprisings for Al Jazeera English. She joined Al Jazeera America (AJAM) in 2013, and five months after the network’s launch she exposed malpractice at a US embassy via sourcing of a government whistleblower. She also broke the news of the first American casualty in Yemen since the outbreak of the 2015 war.
Recently, Amel worked as a reporter for KQED in San Francisco and prior to that she was a news fellow at DemocracyNow! In 2016, she worked with African and Middle Eastern refugees in Turkey.
She graduated from NYU in 2008, where she studied Journalism and Middle East & Islamic Studies. She also obtained a law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
Amel is originally from Queens, New York, and knows all the best pizza joints.