Lin Noueihed is a Reuters editor based in London. She has reported on the Middle East for 12 years, initially for Lebanon’s Daily Star and Middle East International, and later as a Reuters correspondent. Lin was on the first plane into Tunis after Zine al-Abdine Ben Ali fled the country in January 2011 and was one of the first foreign journalists to go to Sidi Bouzid, the town where it all began. Saudi troops rolled into Bahrain days Lin arrived in March and she witnessed first-hand the crackdown on protesters camped out at Pearl Roundabout and the subsequent demolition of the Pearl monument. Lin was in Tripoli in April and May when a NATO airstrike allegedly killed Muammar Qaddafi’s son, Saif al-Arab, and wrote about the growing disillusionment with his rule.
Lin has had a ringside seat during some key moments in the turbulent recent history of the Middle East. She was in Baghdad when the United States handed power to Iraq’s first interim government in 2004, and visited the polling stations in Najaf when Iraqis voted in the country’s first free elections in 2005 before covering the slide into worsening sectarian violence culminating in the 2006 attack on the Askari shrine in Samarra. Lin was in Beirut when former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri was assassinated in 2005. She covered his killing, the ensuing Cedar Revolution and the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon. Reporting from Beirut and the south, Lin covered the war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006 before moving to Dubai in time to witness the emirate’s spectacular boom and bust, where she worked as Deputy Bureau Chief in Reuters’ Gulf office.
Lin was born in Beirut and is a fluent Arabic speaker. She now lives in London.