Jonathan Harounoff


I am a British multimedia, multilingual journalist with international reporting experience, based in New York and currently pursuing a Master’s Degree (M.S.) at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. I am an incoming FASPE Journalism Fellow for the summer of 2019.

I graduated from Cambridge University in 2017 with a B.A. in Arabic, Farsi and Middle Eastern history. Last year I completed my postgraduate studies in international relations, diplomacy and journalism at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and was selected as a Teaching Fellow for a ‘negotiation’ class at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

As managing editor of, which covers religious communities in New York and the Middle East, I have written and edited stories about the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Harlem, New York, and Jerusalem and reported religion stories from the Middle East, which were published by Religion News Service (RNS) and The Forward.

My articles have also been published by The Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Advocate, The Harvard Gazette, The Harvard Crimson & The Borgen Magazine.

Featured Articles



‘16 Israelis and Palestinians Talk Identity, Before Elections: A Photo Essay’

The Forward - April 7, 2019

Our interviews came at a critical juncture as the country prepares for what is expected to be one of the most closely contested Israeli elections in recent political history.

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Pressure Mounts on Tehran Regime During Week of Spotlight and Censure

The Jerusalem Post - October 7, 2018

While much attention was focused last week on President Donald Trump’s belligerent words against Iran in his address at the United Nations, another anti-regime gathering was taking place across town at a Times Square hotel.


‘In Tel Aviv, Jews Join with Muslims in Vigil Mourning New Zealand Dead’

Religion News Service - March 18, 2019

Dozens gathered outside the New Zealand embassy in Tel Aviv Sunday night for a somber candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims of Friday’s (March 15) mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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‘From Nowhere to Somewhere’

The Harvard Gazette - June 29, 2018

In order to survive the slaughter in Darfur, it was the promise of education — the bedrock of democracy and freedom — Abdelhamid Yousif Ismail Adam clung to throughout his turbulent youth.

‘A Liberal Case For Eurovision in Israel’

The Jerusalem Post - April 1, 2019

The campaign against Eurovision in Israel is not about the rights of the Palestinians. Rather, it serves as a bellwether in the dawn of new tactics for the BDS movement.

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Reacting to a Tide of Hate

The Jerusalem Post - November 14, 2018

It took over a year to organize the Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) annual convention at the Waldorf Astoria in Phoenix, Arizona. It took 20 minutes of savagery on the other side of the country to disrupt the program. 

When Harvard Put a Quota on Jewish Students

The Jewish Advocate - December 14, 2018

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Short Documentary

40% of the 40,000 Holocaust survivors in New York live below the poverty line. Sami Steigmann’s one of them.

January 27, 2019

Shot, directed and produced by Jonathan Harounoff
Edited by Jonathan Harounoff, Dillon Meyer & Shimmy Morris


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When A Blinding Echo Chamber Stifles Diversity of Thought

The Jerusalem Post - October 20, 2018

Steve Bannon was invited to headline The New Yorker festival, which kicked off last Friday, until a chorus of opposition from the left forced the publication to disinvite him. Apparently Malcolm Gladwell, a staff writer at The New Yorker, was wrong when he “thought that the point of a festival of ideas was to expose the audience to ideas.” 

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Using AI to Fight Poverty Worldwide

The Borgen Project - March 22, 2018

Discussions about artificial intelligence (AI) often center around one of two ideas: the first looks at the exciting prospect of driverless cars and other advanced technology. The second investigates the irreversible rise of AI and how it could leave an entire socioeconomic class jobless. But it is time to initiate a third discussion around AI: specifically, using AI to fight poverty and helping 3 billion people around the world.

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The Potential of Zipline’s Life-Saving Drones

The Borgen Project - March 4, 2018

Drones oftentimes conjure images of airstrikes, collateral damage, unmanned surveillance or indiscriminate killing machines controlled remotely. But what if the focus was on how life-saving drones could drop medical supplies in far-flung locations? How can the reaction shift to the ways emergency supplies can be airdropped into some of the world’s most unnavigable locations in a matter of minutes? Enter Zipline.

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How the US Benefits from Foreign Aid to Nigeria

The Borgen Magazine - February 19, 2018

Foreign aid is the ultimate investment. It has enormous potential to reap profitable returns for the United States, as well as perpetuating America’s post-World War II strategy of fighting poverty and increasing the number of free and stable democracies worldwide. The U.S. benefits from foreign aid to Nigeria in a number of ways. Foreign aid is rarely, if ever, a gift.


Experts Explore Challenges in Food Regulation Policy

The Harvard Crimson - October 16, 2017

Speakers at the 4th annual Harvard-UCLA Food Law and Policy Conference on Friday criticized the current food regulatory environment, arguing that it stifles innovation and encourages excessive food waste.



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