Lina Sinjab

Consulting Senior Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme


Lina Sinjab is a BBC correspondent based in Beirut. She also contributes to several international media outlets and is a consulting senior fellow with Chatham House’s ‘Syria From Within’ project.

She recently served as Middle East regional editor at the BBC World Service. Lina has extensively covered the Syrian uprising since its beginnings in 2011, and continues to follow developments in Syria and the region.

In 2014 and 2016 she covered the Syria peace talks in Geneva as the BBC’s world affairs reporter; before that, from 2007, she was the BBC’s Damascus-based correspondent.

Prior to joining the BBC, Lina was a contributor to many media outlets, including Newsweek and the New York Times.

She holds a degree in English from Damascus University, read law at the Beirut Arab University, and holds an MA in international politics from SOAS, University of London.

In May 2013, she won the International Media Cutting Edge Award for her coverage of Syria.

Past experience

2015 - present

Middle East Correspondent, BBC


World Affairs Correspondent, BBC


Middle East Regional Editor, BBC World Service


World Affairs Correspondent, BBC