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The National appoints Wafaa Albadry

The National says the appointment drives growth in its newsletter offering, with a renewed focus on delivering longer-form news and analysis from the Middle East and showcasing The National’s breadth of global journalism.

The National appoints Wafaa Albadry
Wafaa Albadry: “I am very excited to assume this role at such a pivotal moment.”

The National, an English-language news outlet from the Middle East with bureaux in London, Washington DC, Beirut and Cairo and correspondents in key cities worldwide, has announced the appointment of Wafaa Albadry as newsletter editor.

Wafaa Albadry is an award-winning journalist and author with over 14 years of experience in TV and digital media, focusing on under-reported stories, climate and women's rights. She spent a decade at Deutsche Welle, taking on roles from correspondent in Cairo to crafting creative formats, and as a multimedia editor in Berlin, and worked as a regional editor at Unbias The News, leading investigations and long-form projects. Wafaa has judged prestigious European and global journalism awards, such as the One World Media Award, and the European Press Prize. She also co-authored "Unbias the News: Why Diversity Matters for Journalism" and contributed to major outlets including the BBC, France 24 and Business Insider. Additionally, she has been invited as a guest lecturer at several European universities.

In her new role, The National says Wafaa will lead its complete newsletter portfolio (13 newsletters), overseeing content creation and development. She will also be responsible for the newsletters’ overall growth, which includes titles such as The Middle East Today, Energy This Week, Emirati, Beshara and View from London, and help build and develop relationships with the publication’s global readership.

The National says it is focused on developing and investing in its newsletter offering to provide readers with great content and fresh new ways to engage. This comes amid changes in the media landscape, with more people looking for convenient ways to stay informed and curated news delivered straight to their inboxes, added the publisher.

Mina Al-Oraibi, editor-in-chief of The National, commented: “With a transformational year in geopolitics, readers are looking for longer-form insights and informed analysis from the ground. I’m delighted to welcome Wafaa in her new role, at a time when newsletters serve as a critically important direct connection to audiences. Her role is crucial to The National’s strategic goals, producing high-quality and engaging content, and will be integral in maintaining editorial integrity and fostering reader loyalty.”

Wafaa Albadry, newsletter editor at The National, commented: “I am very excited to assume this role at such a pivotal moment. Undeniably, newsletters are a versatile and powerful tool to engage with audiences, and in my role I am eager to enhance reader loyalty, offer a platform that showcases the most important stories, and serve our audience by providing news that truly matches their interests and leaves them well-informed and reinforces The National’s brand as a trusted voice in the media ecosystem.”

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