Sam Dagher (born Sep. 4, 1969) is a Lebanese-American journalist who is currently Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
Dagher has been focused on covering the Syrian conflict since spring 2012. Since Nov. 2012, he has filed several exclusive reports from Damascus about Bashar al-Assad’s strategy to hold on to the capital, aid networks run by Syrian women to help families displaced by the fighting, and the impact of war on residents of the capital.
Staring in Feb. 2011, Dagher covered the so-called Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, Bahrain and Libya. Dagher reported from Libya between March and September 2011, first in the capital Tripoli and then in the rebel strongholds of Benghazi and Misrata. He was the first reporter to write about rebel atrocities committed against black Libyans in the town of Tawergha near Misrata and the looting of the country’s largest arms depot in the desert south of Sirte.
Dagher joined the Wall Street Journal in Aug. 2010 in Iraq, where he has worked since Oct. 2003 for Agence France Presse, the Christian Science Monitor and then for the New York Times between 2008 and 2010. In Iraq Dagher reported extensively on the U.S. troop surge in 2007-2008 and its aftermath, tribes and their role in battling al Qaeda in what came to be known as the Awakening , the Kurds and their growing power and internal fights, the plight of Christians and Shiite militancy and its impact on places like the city of Basra.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Dagher splits most of his time between Beirut and Damascus. He was born in Sierra Leone.
- University of Michigan1991