About the Staff

Francesco Laurenti

Born in Rome, Laurenti is a senior Journalism student at LAU. He moved to Lebanon at the age of 17 and has been travelling around the world ever since. Laurenti is passionate about writing, travelling, watching movies, listening to music and loves all kinds of animals, but mostly his Siberian Husky Golya. He is the co-editor of the Sports Page.

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Aseel Baidoun

Baidoun is a 21-year-old journalism student who is passionate about news reporting, and specifically broadcast reporting. She was born in Jerusalem and lived there all her life, until she came to Lebanon to study at LAU. She chose journalism because she would like to report the story of her country. She is planning to continue her master’s studies in communication media. Her dream is to work in a news agency like Reuters or Al-Jazeera.

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Yasmine Sarhi

Born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Yasmine Sarhi is half-Palestinian, half-Lebanese and has spent her whole life in Dubai and Beirut. She has an AA degree in business management and a certificate in makeup artistry and has worked as a freelance writer and makeup artist. Sarhi is fond of travel and has visited various cities such as Amman, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, New York and Paris. She is now completing her last year of studies as a journalism major at LAU and hopes to land a job in the media industry that involves traveling, makeup, photography, culture, fashion and/or art. She is the co-editor of the off campus page.

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Rouba Jaafar

Jaafar was born in Beirut, the youngest among four girls. She’s a senior journalism student at LAU. Jaaafar chose this major because she strongly believes that media are a vital instrument for reconciliation, reconstruction and rehabilitation. She’s very passionate about football and enjoys good music. Her goal is to try to restore Lebanon’s vibrant press. Jaafar is the co-editor of the sports page.

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Omar El Tani

Born in Switzerland, El Tani moved to Lebanon at age 3. He chose journalism as a major because he enjoys writing. El Tani’s other hobbies include reading, listening to music and composing. He is the co-editor of the people page.

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Iman Soufan

Soufan is a multicultural photographer viewing the world through her lens. She is an animal lover, over-achiever and a family-oriented journalism student at LAU. Aiming high, her dream is to work in National Geographic. Soufan is a believer and it’s not a coincidence that her name does, after all, mean faith. She is the co-editor-in-chief of the LAU Tribune.

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Layan Doueik

Doueik is a 19-year-old LAU journalism student who is passionate about reporting, broadcasting and scriptwriting. She finds in this profession a way of projecting her own philosophy in life -perfection- and a reflection of her outgoing and energetic personality. A workaholic person type A, Doueik would like to do her Master’s in International Affairs. She has a great interest in sports, especially basketball and skiing. Doueik is the co-editor of the campus life pages.

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Zeina Shehayeb

Shehayeb is a 21-year-old senior journalism student at LAU. She chose this major because she’s passionate about writing and particularly about investigative articles. A perfectionist, she tolerates hard work and seeks perfection in her studies. Shehayeb dreams to be an FBI or CIA agent for at least a day in her life. She once practiced horseback riding and today enjoys shopping, reading investigative articles and exploring the world. She is the co-editor of the off campus pages.

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Lyn Abu-Seraj
Abu-Seraj has been writing stories and poems since her high school years. Today, she pursues her passion for writing by studying journalism at LAU. Abu-Seraj likes to work with children and to write about the things she loves and the people she looks up to. One day, she hopes to write and publish her own book and become a successful journalist. Abu-Seraj enjoys reading novels, watching old movies and travelling. She is the co-editor of the campus life pages.

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Assaad Hawwa

A Lebanese with Palestinian origins, Hawwa was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He is majoring in journalism at LAU. Hawwa is interested in media and religions. He is fluent in Arabic, English, French and elementary German. He likes photography, drawing and travelling. Hawwa is the co-editor of the media and science page.

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Carla Hazarian

Hazarian was born in France, lived in Saudi Arabia but did her last school year at Brummana High School. She got into journalism because of her love of writing. Hazarian’s other hobbies include reading, drinking and playing video games. She is the co-editor of the campus news page.

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Yasmine Dabbous

Dabbous is an assistant professor of media studies and journalism at LAU and the director of the Institute for Media Training and Research. She loves being the adviser for the Tribune. Dabbous’ research falls at the intersection of cultural studies and media, with a special focus on Lebanon. She likes reading, photography, European films and cycling. She also enjoys hunting for clothing and furniture at vintage shops.

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Maria Fellas

Fellas was born in Santorini, Greece in 1990. She is a journalism major at LAU, where she started as a merit scholar. Fellas enjoys writing for the Tribune among many other activities such as swimming, tennis and dance. She is fascinated by everything culinary and is working on a small cook book. Fellas is the assistant to advisore.
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Caroline Feghaly

Feghaly is a 20-year-old journalism student who is passionate about reading and writing. She is an only child and has been writing poetry since she was 15. Feghaly was the editor of her high school’s paper and has already written two articles in Addiyar. She also worked as an assistant for the editor of the political section at the paper. Feghaly enjoys table tennis and playing the piano. She is the editor of the opinion page.

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Mohamad Yahia Hamade

Hamade is the former editor-in-chief of the Tribune and a psychology student at the American University of Beirut. Hamade’s journey started at Outlook, the independent publication at AUB, as a staff writer and later editor-in-chief. He is currently the assistant to the adviser. Hamade is fluent in English, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, and elementary German. He enjoys photography, playing squash, and traveling the world.

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Natalia Elmani

Elmani is a half-Palestinian, half -American 21-year-old journalism student. She has lived in Portland, Oregon and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and greatly enjoys the different cultures she has experienced over the past few years. Elmani likes spending time with her family and friends, reading blogs or ‘ragmags’ and traveling to new places. She is expecting to continue her Master’s in journalism in the US next year and hopes one day to work for the E! Entertainment channel. She is the co-editor of the culture and fashion page.

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Farah Al Saati

Al Saati is a proud Lebanese with Egyptian roots. She is an LAU journalism student, a social media specialist and a freelance journalist. Saati spent agonizing years majoring in business administration and management but, after graduation, she sought a major that more truly represented her: journalism. Saati is passionate about music, books, social media, perfumes and lipsticks. She is the editor-in-chief of the online Tribune and co-editor of the media and science page.

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Zahi Sahli

Born on March 6, 1991, Sahli is a writer and poet. He published his first collection of poetry in 2008. Sahli worked at Dutch-based websites Soccerway.com and Global Sports Media as a writer and translator respectively. He interned at Goal.com UK and plans to publish his first novella in the near future. Sahli is the co-editor-in-chief of the LAU Tribune.

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Mayya Al Ogaily

A journalism junior at LAU, Al-Ogaily is half-Iraqi half-Syrian. Her passion in life is investigative journalism, exposing stories and talking about social or political taboos. Al-Ogaily hopes one day to start her own newspaper, a newspaper that goes under no censorship and has no allegiance to any party. Her dream is to change something in somebody’s life with her writing and reporting. In her spare time, Al-Ogaily likes to hang out with friends, read, cook and shop. She is the co-editor of the campus life page.

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Mohamad Al-Oraybi

Born and raised in Beirut, Al-Oraybi got his first job when he was only 18 as a stylist for a commercial and a video clip. Although his interests are numerous, including journalism and public relations, Al-Oraybi persistently hopes to produce and host his own television show in the future. He is the co-editor of the people page.

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Samia Buhulaiyem

Buhulaiyem is majoring in journalism at LAU and she finds it quite interesting. She likes writing stories and traveling. Buhulaiyem also enjoys skiing in the winter and cooking. She is the co-editor of the off campus pages.

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Ranim Hadid

Born in Canada, Hadid is a Palestinian living between Qatar and Beirut and is currently a senior journalism student at LAU. She plans to continue her Master’s studies in the United States. Hadid enjoys learning about different cultures and hopes to pursue her career in this field. She has a weak spot for children and enjoys learning about animals. Hadid is the co editor of culture and fashion page.

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