Journalist, Filmmaker, Author
Ramita Navai is an award-winning journalist, documentary maker and author who has reported from over forty countries and has a reputation for investigations in hostile environments.
After a Masters in journalism at City University, where her graduating film on transexual legislation won the national Young Broadcast Journalist of the Year Award, she began her career as the Tehran correspondent for The Times. She then joined Channel 4’s Unreported World making twenty documentaries. Among her investigations were blood diamonds in Zimbabwe, child assassins in El Salvador, the conflict in South Sudan, sex trafficking in Mexico and child drug addiction in Afghanistan.
She has made several news features, including Tracking down the Refugee Kidnap Gangs for Channel 4 News, which won a Royal Television Society Journalism Award and the Foreign Press Association News Story of the Year Award.
Iraq’s Assassins is her fourth documentary for FRONTLINE, she also made the Emmy-winning Syria Undercover, Iraq Uncovered and U.N. Sex Abuse Scandal, both of which won several awards including two Robert. F Kennedy Journalism awards.
Her first book City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran won Debut Political Book of the Year and the Royal Society of Literature's Jerwood Prize for non-fiction and has been translated into five languages. She is contributing author to Shifting Sands: The Unravelling of the Old Order in the Middle East.