Massoud Hayoun

Massoud Hayoun is a journalist based in Los Angeles, most recently freelancing for Al Jazeera English and Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown online while writing a weekly column on foreign affairs for Pacific Standard. He previously worked as a reporter for Al Jazeera America, The Atlantic, Agence France-Presse, and the South China Morning Post and has been published widely. He speaks and works in five languages and won a 2015 EPPY Award. The author of When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History (The New Press), he lives in Los Angeles.

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Selected as one of NPR's Best Books of 2019


Earlier this year, The New Press published Massoud Hayoun’s When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History, his moving and important debut.


Read an excerpt in LitHub

Pacific Standard

Read an excerpt in Pacific Standard


Books by Massoud Hayoun

When We Were Arabs
A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History

Massoud Hayoun