Jane Arraf is a freelance NBC News correspondent. Before coming to NBC, Arraf was the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York following eight years as CNN's Baghdad Bureau Chief, Istanbul Bureau Chief, and Senior Baghdad Correspondent.
Arraf was the only Western reporter based in Baghdad in the late 1990s. She was expelled from Iraq for covering an unauthorized protest against the Iraqi government in the fall of 2002 and returned to cover the war along the front lines in Northern Iraq. She has been embedded with the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps in the battles for Najaf, Samarra and Fallujah. She also covered live the bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad and the first Iraqi elections. She first began reporting from Iraq in 1991
Before joining CNN, Jane worked for Reuters Financial Television in Washington, D.C., and as a Reuters correspondent/bureau chief in Montreal and Amman, Jordan. She also worked as a desk editor in New York and Washington, D.C.
Her other assignments have included Haiti, Bosnia, India and the Arab Gulf states. She studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa.