Democracy Convention

Democracy is coming... to the U.S.A.

Roxane
Assaf

Chicago Area Peace Action

Topics

Building a Democracy Movement

After a year as a West Bank correspondent for the DC-based Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Roxane Assaf broadened her Chicago activism to include issues of war, climate, racism, social justice, economy, civil liberties and foreign policy. Roxane has held leadership positions in peace organizations including the American Friends Service Committee and for three years worked as Director of Outreach and Communications for CAPA, the Chicago affiliate of Peace Action, the nation’s largest grassroots peace and justice organization based in Washington, DC. After finishing a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism for which she reported from Capitol Hill in both print and broadcast media (Durham Herald-SunArms Control Today, WATD Radio Boston, and the CBS TV affiliate in Monroe, Louisiana), she co-authored the 5th edition of the Lonely Planet travel guidebook Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Now “Roxane Assaf-Lynn,” Roxane teaches journalism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and video reporting at North Park University with a focus on citizen journalism, periodically co-leading study abroad courses in the Middle East for Elmhurst College. She directs and edits short videos, produces videographic presentations for clients, and works behind the scenes in social networking, publicity and promotion for individual artists and organizations. Roxane writes commissioned articles for the Huffington Post. In 2003 she was named National 1st Place winner of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) “Mark of Excellence Award” in Television General News Reporting. As a performing artist herself, Roxane volunteers for lively arts organizations in theatre and music in addition to supporting peace and social justice initiatives.  She is passionate about media reform and raising the volume on alternative voices.