Linda Scherzer

Director, Write On For Israel, and Former CNN Jerusalem Correspondent

Linda Scherzer is a former Mideast correspondent for CNN and Israel Television with extensive experience covering the Arab-Israeli conflict. During her years with CNN, Linda covered the first Palestinian uprising, or intifada, the Gulf War and Mideast peace process. She is probably best remembered for her interview with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu through a gas mask during an Iraqi scud missile attack.

Linda was the only North American ever to work as an on-air correspondent for Mabat, Israel Television’s Hebrew news program, where she covered Arab and Palestinian affairs. She traveled to Damascus twice to report on Syrian attitudes towards the peace process and produced a one-hour documentary, “Through the Eyes of Enemies: Is the Middle East Ready for Peace?” which explores opinion in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt towards Israel.

She is the recipient of five Associated Press Broadcasting Awards and along with her colleagues at CNN, received a Cable Ace Award for distinguished coverage of the Gulf War.

For the last twelve years, Linda has been director of “Write On For Israel,” a program that trains a select group of distinguished high school students to lead the pro-Israel community in college. Linda is also a media and public relations consultant and advises the Jewish community on how to engage in constructive dialogue with the press. Her clients (past and present) include The Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Jewish Week of New York and the Peres Center for Peace.  

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