ARA AYER is a documentary photographer and currently a freelance journalist who has been working in Southwest Asia and the Middle East since 2001. An Armenian American, Ara has covered the war on terror in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from Jerusalem. A graduate of Davidson Collge, Ayer complete his masters degree from University of Missouri in broadcast journalism in 1996.
Based in New York, Ara's work has appeared in New York Times, Le Figaro, LA Times, Paris Match, Der Spiegel, Stern, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Corriere della Serra.
- Getty Images EAW Award
- Dupont Silver Baton
- National Press Club Headliner Award
- SPJ Mark of Excellence
- IRE Broadcast Award.
- World Picture News - Freelance (Apr 2005 - )
- NBC News - Producer (Jul 1998 - Jan 2005)
- King World Productions - Assistant Producer / Videographer (Aug 1997 - Jun 1998)
- WAAY-TV ABC Huntsville - Reporter / Videographer (Jul 1996 - Jul 1997)
- KOMU-TV NBC Columbia - Reporter / Videographer (Oct 1994 - Jul 1996)
- KFRU-AM Columbia, MO - Reporter (Jul 1994 - Jul 1995)
- WSOC-TV ABC Charlotte - Off-Air Reporter / Intern (Sep 1993 - Mar 1994)
- WCHL-AM Chapel Hill, NC - Reporter (Dec 1992 - Aug 1993)