Hi and thanks for visiting. I’m Naomi Zeveloff, an American reporter who writes stories at the intersection of religion, politics, and conflict. Since 2014 I have been based in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
I primarily report for American and British media, with stories in The Atlantic, NPR, The Forward, the Financial Times, and The Hollywood Reporter. I am also a writing coach, guiding new journalists and essayists through every stage of the writing process from idea-gathering to publication. I am an occasional contributor to The Promised Podcast and have appeared as a guest speaker at a variety of journalism classes and writing programs.
From 2014 to 2017 I was the Middle East correspondent for The Forward, where I was awarded a Sigma Delta Chi prize from the Society of Professional Journalists for “What Ever Became of the ‘Children of Jerusalem’?” a magazine story in which I tracked down the child stars of a 1990s documentary set in Jerusalem.
Previous to my time in the Middle East, I was based in New York City as The Forward’s deputy culture editor and editor of the Sisterhood blog on women’s issues. Before that, I wrote for alternative newsweeklies in Salt Lake City, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Dallas.
I edited the 2014 e-book Transgender and Jewish, a compilation of reported stories and personal essays about transgender inclusion in mainstream Jewish life.
I credit my upbringing in Utah, a majority Mormon state, with my enduring interest in faith and public life. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College and a Master of Arts degree in political journalism from Columbia University. My Columbia thesis, a profile of Ramallah in the Palestinian West Bank, was awarded the program's top thesis prize and published in the online magazine Guernica.