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Barak Ravid

Middle East Correspondent, Axios

Bio Current as of September 18, 2022

Barak Ravid is a Contributing Correspondent at Axios based in Tel-Aviv. Barak is one of Israel’s most prominent and influential Diplomatic Correspondents. In the last 15 years, Barak covered extensively the Middle East – mainly Israel’s foreign relations and national security policy in addition to its political system. Covering the U.S.-Israel relationship, The Iran nuclear crisis, The Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the Middle East during the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations in America and the Olmert and Netanyahu governments in Israel Barak has reported from more than 30 capitals in 5 continents, published numerous scoops which influenced foreign policy and drove the debate in Washington, Jerusalem and across Europe and the Middle East. In the last three years, Barak conducted a series of interviews with senior Trump administration officials including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump’s senior advisor Jared Kushner. In June 2019 Barak conducted a historic interview with the Foreign Minister of Bahrain Sheikh Khaled Bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa – a first ever interview by a leader from the Gulf with the Israeli press. Ravid started his journalistic career in 2005. His first job as a journalist was as an editor in the news desk at NRG website, moving quickly to be the diplomatic correspondent. In 2007, Ravid joined Haaretz newspaper and worked for 10 years as its chief diplomatic correspondent and commentator. In October 2017 Ravid joined Channel 10 news which later became Channel 13 news as the chief diplomatic correspondent and commentator. Barak left Channel 13 in July 2020. In August 2020 Barak joined Axios as the Middle East correspondent. He also writes for Walla News in Israel. Barak has a BA in the history of the Middle East from the Tel Aviv University. He served for six years as an officer in the Israeli military and concluded his service with the rank of captain. Barak lives in Tel Aviv with his wife and 2 kids.