“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”
– Lewis Wickes Hine


Matthew Cassel is a multimedia journalist with Al Jazeera English. He is currently based in the US, but reports on stories from all over the globe with a focus on the Arab world. His 2013 film for AJE, “Identity and Exile: an American’s struggle with Zionism,” focuses on his personal journey from his hometown Chicago to the Middle East, where he has lived for most of the past decade.

Cassel is co-editor of Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution: Voices from Tunis to Damascus (Penguin, 2013), a collection of essays on the 2011 uprisings by writers from across the Arab world. In 2006 he co-founded Picture Balata, a media school for youth from Balata refugee camp in the West Bank. He interned with VII photo agency in Paris in 2005 and was one of 100 emerging photographers selected to attend the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2006. From 2007-2011, he was the assistant editor of the online publication The Electronic Intifada. Cassel speaks fluent Arabic.


email: matthewcassel@gmail.com

Represented by Polaris Images.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/matthewcassel