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 Roxana Saberi Biography

Roxana Saberi is an author, journalist and human rights, advocate.

A political prisoner caught in the middle of a dramatic political struggle between Iran and the U.S., Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi captured the attention of the world when reports surfaced of her imprisonment in Iran. Abducted by four men early one morning in January 2009 and placed in solitary confinement, Ms. Saberi was falsely accused of spying for the United States and sentenced to eight years in prison. Her battle for freedom would last 100 days until an appeals court released her following an international uproar. In the midst of reaching out to Iran to start a dialogue after decades of political deadlock, the Obama administration harshly criticized Iran over her imprisonment, and there was speculation that Iranian President Ahmadinejad intervened on her behalf as a diplomatic overture. Ms. Saberi grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, the daughter of Reza Saberi, who was born in Iran, and Akiko Saberi, who is from Japan. Ms. Saberi graduated in 1997 from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota,with degrees in Communication and French. Chosen as Miss North Dakota in 1997, she was among the top ten finalists in Miss America 1998, winning the Scholar Award. She holds her first Master’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and her second Master’s Degree in International Relations from Cambridge University.

A freelance journalist, Ms. Saberi arrived in Tehran in February 2003 to open a fully accredited news bureau for the independent broadcast news agency Feature Story News (FSN). FSN distributed her reports to a wide range of broadcasters around the world, and Ms. Saberi's work soon became familiar to audiences of Channel News Asia, South African Broadcasting, DW Radio, Vatican Radio, Radio New Zealand, Australian Independent Radio News, and others. She also made occasional contributions to PBS, NPR, and Fox News. While researching a book on Iran, Ms. Saberi was arrested in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2009, and placed in solitary confinement. She was blindfolded and interrogated for hours, and promised freedom if she falsely confessed to being a spy.

After more than six weeks' captivity, on March 8th, Ms. Saberi was finally allowed to see an attorney for the first time. On April 6th, her parents were allowed a 20-minute visit with her in Tehran's Evin Prison, where she was being held.

During this time, Ms. Saberi’s plight gained international support. The U.S. administration expressed its concern at her detention, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanding her release. On March 10,a number of international news organizations wrote an open letter to the Iranian government, calling on Iran to allow independent access to Ms. Saberi, expressing deep concern about her well-being and "the deprivation of her rights." Her situation was also followed closely by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Asian American Journalists Association, Committee to Protect Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, and UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc.

On April 8, the Iranian government charged Ms. Saberi with espionage, and she was subsequently sentenced to an eight-year prison term. Her appeal was heard by an Iranian appeals court on May 10.On May 11, Ms. Saberi was freed from Evin Prison, and credited her release in large part to the outpouring of international support, both political and public.

Ms. Saberi's gripping memoir of her experiences in Iran, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran, was released in March 2010. She has also been speaking out for Iran's "prisoners of conscience" as well as the Iranians who have been detained in the aftermath of Iran’s disputed presidential election. Ms. Saberi has been honored with the Medill Medal of Courage, the Ilaria Alpi Freedom of the Press Award, the NCAA Award of Valor, and a POMED (Project for Middle East Democracy) Award. She has been named Jaycees’ 2010 Outstanding Young North Dakotan and honored by the Japanese American Citizens League as an “Outstanding Woman.”

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Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran

Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran

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  • Roxana Saberi - CBS News

    Roxana Saberi. CBS News. Roxana Saberi is a CBS News correspondent based in London. She joined CBS News in January 2018 and her reporting has been ...

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Roxana Saberi Biography

Roxana Saberi is an author, journalist and human rights, advocate.

A political prisoner caught in the middle of a dramatic political struggle between Iran and the U.S., Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi captured the attention of the world when reports surfaced of her imprisonment in Iran. Abducted by four men early one morning in January 2009 and placed in solitary confinement, Ms. Saberi was falsely accused of spying for the United States and sentenced to eight years in prison. Her battle for freedom would last 100 days until an appeals court released her following an international uproar. In the midst of reaching out to Iran to start a dialogue after decades of political deadlock, the Obama administration harshly criticized Iran over her imprisonment, and there was speculation that Iranian President Ahmadinejad intervened on her behalf as a diplomatic overture. Ms. Saberi grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, the daughter of Reza Saberi, who was born in Iran, and Akiko Saberi, who is from Japan. Ms. Saberi graduated in 1997 from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota,with degrees in Communication and French. Chosen as Miss North Dakota in 1997, she was among the top ten finalists in Miss America 1998, winning the Scholar Award. She holds her first Master’s Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and her second Master’s Degree in International Relations from Cambridge University.

A freelance journalist, Ms. Saberi arrived in Tehran in February 2003 to open a fully accredited news bureau for the independent broadcast news agency Feature Story News (FSN). FSN distributed her reports to a wide range of broadcasters around the world, and Ms. Saberi's work soon became familiar to audiences of Channel News Asia, South African Broadcasting, DW Radio, Vatican Radio, Radio New Zealand, Australian Independent Radio News, and others. She also made occasional contributions to PBS, NPR, and Fox News. While researching a book on Iran, Ms. Saberi was arrested in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2009, and placed in solitary confinement. She was blindfolded and interrogated for hours, and promised freedom if she falsely confessed to being a spy.

After more than six weeks' captivity, on March 8th, Ms. Saberi was finally allowed to see an attorney for the first time. On April 6th, her parents were allowed a 20-minute visit with her in Tehran's Evin Prison, where she was being held.

During this time, Ms. Saberi’s plight gained international support. The U.S. administration expressed its concern at her detention, with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanding her release. On March 10,a number of international news organizations wrote an open letter to the Iranian government, calling on Iran to allow independent access to Ms. Saberi, expressing deep concern about her well-being and "the deprivation of her rights." Her situation was also followed closely by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Asian American Journalists Association, Committee to Protect Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, and UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc.

On April 8, the Iranian government charged Ms. Saberi with espionage, and she was subsequently sentenced to an eight-year prison term. Her appeal was heard by an Iranian appeals court on May 10.On May 11, Ms. Saberi was freed from Evin Prison, and credited her release in large part to the outpouring of international support, both political and public.

Ms. Saberi's gripping memoir of her experiences in Iran, Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran, was released in March 2010. She has also been speaking out for Iran's "prisoners of conscience" as well as the Iranians who have been detained in the aftermath of Iran’s disputed presidential election. Ms. Saberi has been honored with the Medill Medal of Courage, the Ilaria Alpi Freedom of the Press Award, the NCAA Award of Valor, and a POMED (Project for Middle East Democracy) Award. She has been named Jaycees’ 2010 Outstanding Young North Dakotan and honored by the Japanese American Citizens League as an “Outstanding Woman.”

Roxana Saberi Videos

  • Concordia College: Roxana Saberi Commencement Address 2013
  • A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS: ROXANA SABERI
  • Roxana Saberi Opens Up to NPR

Roxana Saberi Books

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  • How to book Roxana Saberi?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Roxana Saberi for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Roxana Saberi, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Roxana Saberi or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Roxana Saberi?

    Booking fees for Roxana Saberi, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Roxana Saberi, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Roxana Saberi?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Roxana Saberi for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Roxana Saberi for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Roxana Saberi or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Roxana Saberi or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Roxana Saberi is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Roxana Saberi for your event is available upon request. Roxana Saberi generally travels from UK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mika Brzezinski, Sharyl Attkisson, Janine di Giovanni, Leslie Dodson and Anthony Salvanto. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Roxana Saberi for an upcoming event.

Roxana Saberi Speaker Videos

  • Concordia College: Roxana Saberi Commencement Address 2013
    A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS: ROXANA SABERI
  • Roxana Saberi Opens Up to NPR

Roxana Saberi News

  • Roxana Saberi - CBS News

    Roxana Saberi. CBS News. Roxana Saberi is a CBS News correspondent based in London. She joined CBS News in January 2018 and her reporting has been ...

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