Kim Ghattas
BBC Journalist, author of THE SECRETARY

Author, journalist, and war child, Kim Ghattas brings a breadth of personal experiences to her talks on politics and world events. She currently covers international affairs as well as the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign for the BBC, out of Washington DC where she has been based since 2008. She writes a regular column for Foreign Policy magazine focusing on current events. Her recent travels have taken her to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well Iowa, Nevada and Arkansas.


Kim Ghattas is the author of The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Powerthe first inside account to be published about Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State. Ghattas traveled around the world with the American Secretary of State while covering the State Department for the BBC from 2008 until 2013. Before that, she was based in the Middle East, where she covered the region extensively from Lebanon, to Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia. In 2006, she was part of an Emmy Award-winning BBC team covering the Lebanon-Israel conflict. Her work has also appeared in TIME magazine, the Boston Globe, NPR, and the Washington Post.


With her in-depth knowledge of the Middle East, Ghattas brings a fresh voice to the debate about American power and foreign policy. Half-Lebanese and half-Dutch, a French and Arabic speaker, she grew up in Beirut during the civil war and witnessed firsthand the impact of foreign policy decisions made in Washington. She has fifteen years of experience as a broadcaster and communicator on television and radio. As a public speaker, her presentations are lively and interactive. She’s equally comfortable giving a speech as she is engaging in a small roundtable conversation, or answering questions from a large audience.

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The Secretary A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power

The first inside account to be published about Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, anchored by Ghattas’s own perspective and her quest to understand America’s place in the world.

Middle East current events From the war in Syria and the refugee crisis to Iran's role in the recent nuclear deal, Ghattas tackles today's most pressing issues in the Middle East.

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Campaign Ghattas explains what she's uncovered in her reporting for the BBC and for Foreign Policy.

Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Ghattas traveled around the world with the former Secretary of State and can provide an inside look at Clinton's foreign policy.

Life and Resilience in Conflict Born and raised in Beirut on the front lines of the Lebanese civil war, Ghattas shares her personal story of how she overcame adversity.

American Power in the 21st Century

Read Kim Ghattas’ column on anti-hijab activist Masih Alinejad for Foreign Policy magazine.

Praise for The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power

“A terrific book...Our first intimate portrait of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and a riveting personal story....Compelling...A page-turner.”
—Joe Klein, Time columnist

“Reading The Secretary is as close as anyone can get to flying around the world with Hillary Clinton over the past four years. Kim Ghattas has captured many colorful details not only about people and places but also about the urgency, exhaustion, and turn-on-a-dime responses necessary to stay one step ahead of the world. She gives us an up-close-and-personal look at the exercise of American power.”
—Anne-Marie Slaughter, professor, Princeton University, and former Director of Policy Planning at the Department of State

“Poignant and gripping...The story of two women from different generations and cultures, yet bound by a common passion, one that transcends geographical and political boundaries, reminding us not just of our differences but of our shared humanity. In all her roles, Hillary Clinton has always been motivated by a desire to change the world but has also been prepared to be changed by it. In her exchanges with Clinton, Ghattas is also prepared to change and be changed, and through her attempts to know Clinton she also comes to better know herself, turning this book into a powerful journey of discovery and self-discovery.”
—Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

“An unusually intimate look at a historic secretary of state...An unexpected page-turner.”
—Celia McGee, O, The Oprah Magazine

“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton becomes the face of a superpower in this captivating profile... [Ghattas's] perceptive reportage on Clinton's personal leadership grounds a shrewd analysis of America's role as the still-indispensable nation.”
Publishers Weekly

“[An] engaging look at U.S. diplomacy under Hillary Clinton...Ghattas presents a close-up look at the touchiest of diplomatic issues in the first Obama administration, from the Arab Spring uprisings to WikiLeaks...a rich portrait of the different perspectives on U.S. power and influence around the world as well as her own personal experiences and ambivalence about the U.S.”
—Vanessa Bush, Booklist (starred review)