Kourosh Ziabari is an award-winning Iranian journalist, writer and media correspondent. He was born on April 27, 1990, in the northern Iranian city of Rasht. Having practiced journalism since a very young age, Kourosh started his career with the local Hatef weekly magazine in early 2000s. By the time he was a high school student, his writings had been featured by almost all the major nationally-circulated dailies in Iran, including Jam-e-Jam, Shargh, Etemaad, Etemad-e-Melli, Ham-Mihan, Hamshahri, Iran and Kargozaaran. Since 2007, he has been a regular contributor to Daneshmand magazine, Iran’s oldest popular science magazine which has been running continuously for more than 45 years.
Articles and interviews by Kourosh Ziabari have been published in a variety of international newspapers, magazines, journals and news websites including Fair Observer, The Huffington Post, Middle East Eye, Your Middle East, Press TV, Tehran Times, Al-Arabiya, International Policy Digest, Strategic Culture Foundation, Foreign Policy Journal, Global Research, Eurasia Review, Truth Out, Silvia Cattori, Counter Currents, Voltaire Network, The 4th Media, Online Opinion, Counter Punch, Istanbul Literary Review, Turkish Weekly Journal, Ovi Magazine, Baltimore Chronicle, Arab News, The Nation (Pakistan), Arab Media Internet Network, Compass Culture, Asian EFL Journal, Rebelion, Middle East Online, Foreign Policy In Focus, New Age Islam, Information Clearing House, Intrepid Report, Dissident Voice, Media Monitors, Arab Online, Info Palestine, QW Magazine, The Public Record and many others.
Kourosh works with Iran Review as a staff writer, correspondent and reporter. Iran Review is the nation’s leading English-language foreign policy news and analysis website. He also represents Fair Observer and Your Middle East in Iran and works with Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations as an Iran and Middle East analyst.
Kourosh Ziabari has interviewed several prominent world leaders, politicians, diplomats, academicians, media personalities and writers including Aleksander Kwasniewski, Kjell Magne Bondevik, Massimo D’Alema, Gediminas Kirkilas, Jose Ramos-Horta, F. W. de Klerk, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Mario Soares, Vicente Fox, Carl Bildt, Hans Blix, Ana Palacio, Evangelos Venizelos, Jean Asselborn, Mogens Lykketoft, Didier Reynders, Massimo Bray, Emma Bonino, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Miroslav Lajcak, Ivaylo Kalfin, Samuel Zbogar, Theodoros Pangalos, Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson, Jutta Urpilainen, Georgios Iacovou, Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, Janko Veber, Jack Straw, Richard Bacon, John W. Ashe, Frank N. von Hippel, Lawrence Korb, Ronald E. Neumann, Admiral James Stavridis, Richard Falk, Denis Halliday, Ilan Pappe, Francesc Vendrell, Chandra Muzaffar, Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, Zygmunt Bauman, Glenn Greenwald, Francis Boyle, Henry Giroux, Edmund Phelps, Olli Heinonen, Dave Lindorff, Viviane Reding, Senator Richard H. Black, Jim Slattery, Amb. Frank Wisner, Amb. Akbar Ahmed, Amb. Robert E. Hunter, Amb. William Green Miller, Sami Yusuf, Juan Cole, Kristalina Georgieva, James Petras, Amb. Thomas R. Pickering, John Mearsheimer, Michael Parenti, Lawrence Wilkerson, Pierre Goldschmidt, Mike Gravel, Kenneth O’Keefe, Pepe Escobar, Jean Bricmont, David Barsamian, Michael Behe, Coleen Rowley, Gary Sick, Stephen Walt, Deepa Kumar, Charles Eisenstein, General Mirza Aslam Beg, Marjorie Cohn, Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, John Tirman, Sheldon Richman, Diana Johnstone, Thierry Meyssan, Yvonne Ridley, Vernon L. Smith, Ruprecht Polenz, Richard Foltz, Vijay Prashad, Deepak Tripathi, Keith Locke, William Beeman, Noam Chomsky, Peter Singer, Stephen Kinzer, Ted Rall, Eric Margolis, Linh Dinh, Carlos Latuff, Paul R. Pillar, Pastor Terry Jones, Stephen Zunes, Gareth Porter, Alain de Botton, Erri De Luca, Gilad Atzmon, Andre Vletchek, Harun Yahya, Christofer Bollyn, Fredrick Toben, Alexander Stille, Antony Loewenstein, Sid Ganis, Alan Hart, David Ray Griffin, James H. Fetzer, Wayne Madsen, and Paul Craig Roberts.
Since 2009, Ziabari has been conducting exclusive interviews with distinguished global scientists for Daneshmand magazine and has thus far arranged interviews with more than 30 Nobel Prize laureates in physics, chemistry, medicine and economics, including Robin Warren, Anthony James Leggett, Heinrich Rohrer, Antony Hewish, Kurt Wutrich, David Gross, Richard Ernst, George Olah, Wolfgang Ketterle, Brian Kobilka, Frank Wilczek and Douglas Osheroff. These interviews received widespread attention in Iran’s scientific communities as an innovative initiative.
In 2009, Kourosh was selected to represent the students of the Middle East in the International Student Energy Summit in Calgary, Canada. He was named a member of the student assembly and attended the summit where he had he opportunity to do an interview with the former Mexican President Vicente Fox. The same year, his paper was accepted for presentation at the VIII Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture in Rome, Italy. He also received a bursary to attend the 18th International Youth Leadership Conference which was held from July 19th to 24th in Prague, Czech Republic. In December 2009, he was admitted as an official delegate to take part in the 5th World Youth Congress which was held in Istanbul, Turkey the following year.
In 2010, Kourosh Ziabari received the national medal of Superior Iranian Youth in a festival which recognized the elite Iranian youths in arts, environmental activism, sports, entrepreneurship, sciences and journalism. He was the recipient of the top award in the journalism section. He also won the first prize of the 18th edition of Iran’s National Press Festival in the category of political articles in 2011. One year earlier, he had won the third prize of the same festival in the category of interviews. In 2010, he was selected as the top researcher of the year at the University of Guilan where he graduated in English Language and Literature.
Kourosh Ziabari worked briefly with the Spain-based Tlaxcala international translators network for linguistic diversity and also cooperated with the World Student Community for Sustainable Development when he was an undergraduate student. He also joined the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing and has been its member since 2008. For one year, he was a contributing writer to the Stony Brook Independent magazine.
In June 2015, Kourosh Ziabari was selected by Deutsche Welle and European Youth Press from among more than 600 applicants for a fellowship program to attend and cover the Global Media Forum 2015 in the German city of Bonn. He was part of a team of 16 young international journalists from different countries, namely Armenia, Brazil, Cambodia, Congo, Estonia, France, Georgia, Moldova, Morocco, the Philippines, Palestine, Poland, South Africa and Ukraine who received a grant to travel to Germany and produce the special edition of Orange Magazine. The theme of the 2015′s forum was “Media and Foreign Policy in the Digital Age.”
Kourosh has been the recipient of the Senior Journalists Seminar 2015 fellowship awarded to him by the East-West Center. This fellowship took 16 journalists from the Asian and Arab countries and the United States to Malaysia and Pakistan as well as three U.S. cities of Washington D.C., Nashville and Honolulu in a 21-day traveling and reporting program from August 18 to September 10, 2015 to explore the venues for the promotion and development of relations between the United States and Muslim world and bridging the gaps between them.
In November 2015, Kourosh Ziabari was awarded the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism by the FNPI foundation and the Colombian Ministry of Culture and spent 9 days in the Bolivar Department north of Colombia, reporting on the cultural and historical magnets of the cities of Cartagena de Indias and Santa Cruz de Mompox. The fellowship brought together 15 fellows from Colombia, five Latin American states and rest of the world for a week of field reporting, writing, discussion and traveling in the Caribbean country.
Kourosh is married to Zahra Kazemi Aliabad, who is currently an M.A. student of English literature. They met while they were studying English language at the University of Guilan.
In the afternoon of Sunday, April 20, 2014, a turning point emerged in the personal life of Kourosh Ziabari, and his daughter, Seyedeh Termeh opened her eyes to this world. Kourosh hopes that Seyedeh Termeh will one day become a great scholar, journalist or scientist!