Nadia was born in Columbia, South Carolina and grew up as a Third Culture Kid. Her father, a Shiite Muslim and immigrant from Lebanon, and her mother, a Christian American introduced Nadia to a life of challenge, education and international travel at an early age. In June, 1967, after living in Baghdad, Iraq for two years, the Six-Day War erupted, and American citizens were ordered to evacuate to Iran and later back to the United States. During the civil war in Lebanon in 1975 Nadia’s family fled outbreaks of heavy artillery fire in Beirut. These would be her early experiences of turmoil in the Middle East and would later influence her work as a journalist. In 1978, after living in Kuwait for two years, Nadia enrolled at the University of South Carolina to major in Media Arts with an emphasis in fine art photography and film.
While stationed in Jerusalem, Nadia was the still photographer and assistant to the producer for the PBS documentary Days of Rage. Subsequently, Nadia became the key news source for the explosive controversy surrounding that PBS film and provided the media with compelling evidence linking the PLO to the film’s producer. Nadia’s public testimony regarding the producer’s wholesale disregard for PBS’s funding guidelines generated a flurry of media attention. Nadia gave her story to U.S. News & World Report Senior Editor Steven Emerson for The New Republic, and was interviewed by the New York Times.
Nadia’s photography of the Palestinian violence was published in Time magazine, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. Reporting from Beirut, Nadia produced a television news report on Pope John Paul's historic visit to Catholics in Lebanon.
As part of a series of articles on Israeli economic reforms, Nadia interviewed Israeli Knesset members Benjamin Netanyahu and Benni Begin for Washington D.C.-based political journal New American View published by former CIA executive Victor Marchetti (The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence). Nadia also interviewed Israeli whistleblower Barry Chamish, (The Fall of Israel, The Last Days of Israel) as part of an investigative story on Israeli government corruption.
While based in Washington, D.C., Nadia worked with author Mark Lane (Rush to Judgment, Plausible Denial). Nadia served as a staffer on Patrick Buchanan’s presidential campaign in 1992. As a member of the U. S. Senate & House of Representatives News Galleries, Nadia worked for MBC (Middle East Broadcasting, Ltd) producing daily news stories relating to U.S.-Middle East foreign policy including special reports such as an interview with Secretary of State Warren Christopher, and a report on the death of Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown for the CNN World Report. Nadia went on to report from the White House and the State Department as the daily news correspondent for Dubai Television.
Nadia received a scholarship from the Lebanese billionaire Prime Minister Rafik Hariri for aviation training at Emery Aviation College in Colorado, American Flyers in California, and American Aviation Academy in Washington, D.C. earning her FAA Commercial/Instrument Pilot license. In 1995, Nadia was the only female commercial pilot participating in Operation Peace Flight, the exclusive commemoration of the peace treaty signed between Jordan’s King Hussein and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. WORLD magazine published Nadia’s story. Former FAA Administrator and King Hussein’s father-in-law, Najeeb Halaby, inspired and mentored Nadia’s flight training career.
In 1998, Nadia produced a music CD in Nashville, Tennessee recorded in French, English and Arabic and filmed a music video in Petra, Jordan. In 2000, Nadia completed production of a second CD entitled Nadia, as composer, lyricist and vocalist.Nadia is a former newspaper columnist on important national issues and is at work on a book entitled The Middle East I Knew; Growing up Arab-American. She is currently collaborating on a screenplay which publicizes the growing worldwide practice of honor killing, and is also at work on a documentary about the Cherokee indians during the Revolutionary War.