Who’s Mark Lavie?

At the Great Pyramid near Cairo

Mark Lavie at the Great Pyramid near Cairo

I’m a foreign correspondent living and working in the Middle East since 1972 as a radio news broadcaster, print writer and editor, and news analyst. Based most of the time in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and traveling around the region, I moved to Cairo full time in 2011, in time for the main events of Arab Spring. It changed my understanding the region, and I share that with you through my first book, Broken Spring.


My second book, Why Are We Still Afraid?, is based on 46 years worth of personal front coverexperiences, painting a real-time picture of Israel (and me) growing up. It shows that Israel today faces no existential threats, has no hope of negotiating a peace accord with the Palestinians, and therefore should redirect its energies toward fixing its critical domestic problems.

I’m available as an on-air and print analyst for Israel and Middle East affairs, and I embark on lecture tours in North America several times a year.

Contact me at marklavieauthor@gmail.com

Here’s my resume:


BA Political Science, minors in Journalism and History, Indiana University 1969


Current: Promoting my second book, Why Are We Still Afraid? based on 46 years worth of my  feature articles.

2014: Published (Gefen) Broken Spring, a book emerging from my two years in Cairo covering Arab Spring, concentrating on vital issues the media ignore.

2011-2013: The Associated Press. Night editor and AP Middle East radio correspondent at the AP’s Mideast regional desk in Cairo. Editing print stories and helping supervise coverage from the region, including most of the Arab world as well as Pakistan and Afghanistan. Split time between Jerusalem and Mideast desks 2009-2011.

1998-2014: AP Radio: Producing and voicing radio reports covering the region as well as live appearances on AP Radio affiliates around the United States. Designated as AP Radio Middle East Correspondent in 2010.

1998-2011: The Associated Press. Night editor, supervised Jerusalem bureau (Israel and Palestinian areas) from early evening till morning, writing main stories, editing articles by other reporters, assigning and directing coverage. AP Radio correspondent, broadcasting radio news reports for AP’s 850 network radio stations, as well as newspaper websites.

1985-1999: CBC Radio (Canada). Radio reporter covering Israel, the Palestinian areas, Jordan and Egypt. Produced radio news reports for hourly newscasts, features for flagship news program “The World at Six.”

1990-1998: NBC-Mutual Radio (USA). Middle East correspondent covering the region, providing live and recorded news reports for twice-hourly newscasts, features and news analysis for Mutual Radio’s “America in the Morning” program.

1980-1985: Middle East reporter for a number of radio networks, including NPR, Monitor, USA, Macquarie (Australia), 702 (South Africa).

1972-1986: Israel Radio English News Service: Anchor, reporter, producer for daily newscasts to Israel and the world.

1970-1972: WSBT-TV, South Bend, Indiana: TV news anchor and reporter for CBS affiliate.

1969-1970: WTTV, Indianapolis, Indiana: Local TV news anchor and reporter for large independent TV station.


Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, “Best Radio Interpretation of Foreign Affairs” 1994


As someone who’s known and greatly admired Mark over many years, starting with his reporting for CBC Radio News, NPR and then AP, I cannot think of anyone who has greater integrity and knowledge.

It’s on this basis, in addition to tremendous insights he provides in his book Broken Spring, that my organization, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), helped arrange a major talk at Temple Sinai in Toronto.

There was a very large turnout for Mark’s talk, despite a snowstorm that day, and I had to personally intervene to bring the Q&A, which could have gone on forever it seemed, to an end.  But that’s just one indication of the enthusiastic interest his talk evoked in the audience.

Jewish communities will derive great value from listening to and engaging with Mark.

Paul Michaels
Director, Research and Senior Media Relations

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs