Heba Kanso

Reporter - Photographer - Videographer - Producer

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                                                                                                 Heba Kanso




THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION                                                                                       Beirut, Lebanon         

Middle East Correspondent, Thomson Reuters Foundation (2017-Current) 

• Writer, videographer, and photographer covering humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and much more across the Middle Eastern region • Produces daily news stories as well as in-depth visual and text features


CBS NEWS                                                                                                                                 New York, NY

Digital Reporter, CBSNews.com (2013-2017)                                                                     

• Generate and produce content for digital platform and provide on-air reporting 

Online: Produce breaking news and feature stories on issues ranging from health to technology to politics. Research and write text pieces as well as produce, shoot and edit video packages for CBSNews.com

• Produced in-depth investigative stories on Syrian food shortage and its effect on the war’s refugees while collaborating with the World Food Program to highlight the breadth of the crisis

On air: Deliver news on-air to  CBS News’ Up To The Minute, CBS Radio, and content featured on CBSN (CBS News’ streaming network). Interviews also appeared on CBS affiliates via CBS Newspath, such as my sit-down interview with former NFL player Sidney Rice (#1 story on CBSNews.com when published) 

• Produce finished online content, independently managing entire interview and editing process 

• Manage CBS Evening News webpage, transforming broadcast content into written articles

• Produce 30 second clips fit for digital distribution, allowing CBS to leverage social media


Associate Producer, Overnight Foreign News Desk  (2011- 2013)

• Produced international coverage and breaking news for morning broadcasts, CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News. Prepared and delivered daily morning briefings on all overnight developments

• Collaborated across domestic and international bureaus and partners, logistically and editorially

• Leveraged social networking sites for breaking news, getting interviews, and obtaining amateur video 

• Contributed directly to CBSNews.com, shooting, writing, editing, and reporting

• Solely responsible for daily compilation of all breaking news and early top stories for distribution to executive producers, CBS Morning News, CBS This Morning, and CBS Radio

• Acted as main point person for international bureaus, satellite vendors, field reporters and producers 

• Provided simultaneous support for live shot coordination, video feeds, and editorial information for developing stories 


Broadcast Associate, Foreign News Desk (2009-2011)

• Produced, wrote, and pitched domestic and international stories for digital and broadcast outlets

• Coordinated international coverage for CBS news programs and wrote a daily foreign news outlook 

• Organized live and taped international satellite, BGAN, and livewire feeds for broadcasts

• Coordinated coverage for the following events: 2010 Haiti earthquake, Iran’s 2009 Green Movement, Amanda Knox trial, Hosni Mubarak resignation, and Arab Spring uprisings 



University of Oregon                                                                                                                   Eugene, OR

BA, Journalism, Electronic Media (Broadcast Journalism)                                                             2005-2009

Honors: Dean’s List

Minors: Communications, Comparative Literature 



Languages: Fluent in Arabic

International: Citizenship in The United States and Lebanon

Technology: Canon 5D Mark III, Sony PD170 DV, Sony Z5, Sony NEX-EA50UH, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Avid 

Volunteer: New York Cares