Heather Yamour is a freelance writer, editor and producer based in Atlanta, Georgia specialized in covering the intersection of culture and politics across digital, television and print media platforms.
In her previous role as a Washington D.C.-based correspondent for the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Yamour covered a range of stories on the United States and the Middle East, including the President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un in Singapore, U.S.-China trade tensions, and the Pentagon’s efforts to defeat al-Qaeda and ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Yamour has been central to KUNA’s coverage of the Middle East peace process, reporting extensively on U.S. efforts to reach a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, including White House visits by Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu and the Trump administration’s decision to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
She was awarded by KUNA’s Editor-in-Chief for outstanding news coverage of the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.
Prior to KUNA, Yamour wrote, edited and produced digital content for AOL, and produced breaking news for the Washington Post’s digital newsroom and the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV News Channel’s New York and D.C. bureaus.
She received the John Malone Fellowship in Arabic and Islamic Studies from National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.
Yamour earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from American University and a Master's degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She speaks conversational Arabic, basic French and Croatian.