Ramita Navai

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.

Languages Spoken:

English, Persian, French


London, UK

Areas of Expertise:

Terrorism; War and Conflict; The World

People wait to receive bread in Kabul
Afghanistan Undercover
An undercover investigation into the Taliban’s crackdown on women in Afghanistan.
August 9, 2022
India's Rape Scandal
FRONTLINE investigates a wave of shocking rape cases in India.
July 20, 2021
Iraq's Assassins
How Iranian-backed Shia militias are terrorizing Iraq.
February 9, 2021
UN Sex Abuse Scandal
An investigation into sex abuse by United Nations peacekeepers in the world's conflict zones.
July 24, 2018
Displaced people fleeing from Islamic State militants in Tahrir neighborhood, walk in Mosul
Iraq Uncovered
A timely report from inside Iraq, as militias and the military fight for the future of the country.
March 21, 2017
Going Undercover in Syria: How Did She Do It?
In September, reporter Ramita Navai spent two weeks in some of the most dangerous parts of Syria on a clandestine journey into the heart of the uprising. In this reflection, she tells the story of how she and her producer broke Syria's virtual ban on independent journalists and embedded with some of Syria's most wanted activists.
November 8, 2011