Anisa Mehdi is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. She has won two Emmys, a Cine Golden Eagle, and numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. She was the first American to cover the Hajj pilgrimage on location in Saudi Arabia and made National Geographic's acclaimed "Inside Mecca" as well as two other hajj films for PBS. Her work on Arabs and Muslims has appeared on CBS, PBS, and ABC's Nightline.
Ms. Mehdi is a consultant for the U.S. State Department as well as the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. She also serves on the boards of the Abraham Path Initiative and the Esalen Institute. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Jordan from 2009-2010. She studied at Wellesley College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.