Joseph Hammond, based in the greater Los Angeles area, reports primarily on Islamic affairs. His reporting is strengthened by his years of international reporting experience and Arabic language skills.
Hammond joins Religion News Service after more than a decade of reporting internationally, including from the Congo, Sri Lanka, Rwanda, Iraq, Egypt, Somalia, and elsewhere. He is a research associate at the Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies at the University of London Royal Holloway, of which he is an alumnus.
Hammond has worked on countering violent extremism (CVE) issues on four continents. He is currently an iDove Fellow with the African Union. He moderated a panel on the topic at the African Union’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa during the 2nd U.S.-Africa CVE Week at the African Union that was funded by the U.S. State Department.