Ruth Pollard is an award-winning journalist and editor with 23 years experience in journalism. She is the Middle East Correspondent for two Australian newspapers: The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Based in Cairo, her job takes her throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reporting on the Arab revolutions from Egypt, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia and on the conflict in Israel and Palestine. She is a two- time finalist for the Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism and the 2009 winner of the Australian Human Right Community Human Rights Award for Newsprint Feature. Pollard is a past president of the NSW Journalists’ Benevolent Fund.