Yaara Bou Melhem is an intrepid independent journalist and filmmaker who has worked in the remotest corners of Australia and around the world.
Yaara’s films include exclusive reports where she crawls through Syrian rebel-held tunnels, films in lawless Libyan jails after the fall of Gaddafi and follows cannabis farmers in Lebanon joining the fight against ISIS.
She has also gained rare access to places in Kazakhstan, filmed in remote Aboriginal communities on taboo subjects like youth suicide and reported more uplifting stories about doctors giving free health care in Nepal, a greening the desert program in Jordan and a mangrove restoration project in Indonesia.
Yaara has won two UN Media Peace Awards, a Bronze Medal at the New York Festival, a Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award and a Walkley Award for her reporting in Australia, Asia and the MENA region.
She was also named the Walkley Freelance Journalist of the Year for 2016 and the Young Australian Television Journalist of the Year by the Walkley Foundation in 2009 and 2011.
Yaara has reported and directed films for Australian and international broadcasters including Al Jazeera English, CNN, SBS TV Australia and ABC Australia.