Al Jazeera English reporter Ayman Mohyeldin has been named in the 2011 Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people.
The 31-year-old American journalist of Egyptian and Palestinian descent shares the spotlight with world leaders, artists and activists, including Wael Ghonim.
“I am honored and humbled to be on this list,” Mohyeldin said in a Facebook post. “Thanks for all of the love from friends and supporters and for those who have helped and mentored me along the way.”
Time said it chose Mohyeldin, who also covered the Gaza War, because of his reporting of the Egyptian revolution in January and February, during which he was arrested by the Egyptian government twice.
Legendary news anchor Dan Rather sings Mohyeldin’s praises for Time:
All journalists hope that at least once in their career, they’ll be covering the world’s biggest story and be the best at doing it. With Egypt’s revolution, Ayman Mohyeldin’s hopes became reality…
He put us in the middle of the action and took us behind the scenes; he riveted us to the story as it developed toward its climax and kept us along for the aftermath. By dint of his experience, persistence and talent, he lifted the profile and reputation of the al-Jazeera network.
And for one brief, shining moment, he was the best in the world.
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