Nora Barrows-Friedman, born in 1978, is a journalist, photographer, musician, traveler, and mother.
She is a 2009 recipient of a Lifetime of Media Freedom Award from the Media Freedom Foundation and Project Censored, and was named a “Top 20 Global Media Figure” by Pulse Media.
From 2003 – 2010, Nora’s work was featured on the daily investigative newsmagazine, Flashpoints on KPFA/Pacifica Radio, where she was Senior Producer and co-host. Currently, she is a correspondent for The Electronic Intifada in the US, Al-Jazeera English, Trutout.Org, and the Europe-based Inter Press Service . Her work has been featured in Censored 2011 (full chapter), and in Censored 2009, a yearly anthology of the news stories you probably didn’t hear in the corporate establishment media (edited and published by Project Censored); as well as Left Turn Magazine, Tea Party Magazine, Counterpunch, CommonDreams, and others.
She has worked closely with the Ibdaa Cultural Center in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, occupied West Bank, since 2005, as a part of their media administration. Nora has trained dozens of youth in digital media arts, including radio production, engineering and recording, photography, and field journalism.
Nora is also working in collaboration with Youth Radio, a national, award-winning, youth-oriented media training and production organization headquartered in Oakland. She graduated as a student in 1995 and continued as a peer educator until 1997.
A classically-trained cellist since she was ten years old, Nora is a proud member of the band Isis Radio, playing regular gigs all over the Bay Area, and is also an ensemble member of Ecdysis, a jazz/soul/West African group. She also plays with a myriad of other groups, including a classical trio, an early-music Viola da Gamba/Baroque cello chamber duet, and has accompanied Dialectic and Excentrik on their studio albums.