Lisa Daftari is an award-winning investigative journalist focusing on foreign affairs with expertise in the Middle East and counterterrorism. She regularly appears on television and radio with commentary and analysis, providing exclusive reporting on vital developments in the region. Currently, she is an on-air Fox News political analyst and has previously been featured on CBS, NBC, PBS, the Washington Post, NPR, ABC, Voice of America, and others. Lisa has been interviewed in Spanish, English and Persian.
Lisa’s areas of expertise and coverage include the Middle East and North Africa, terrorism, national security, the Arab Spring, global Christian persecution, human rights, cyber security and more. Lisa produced a documentary film about an Iranian underground political movement and was invited to show her film in Congress. She frequently is called upon to give briefs and expert testimony for government and private entities. Lisa has worked for a number of think tanks in Washington, where she has written exclusive reports for the Pentagon and other government groups.
Before joining Fox, Lisa worked as a producer in the investigative unit at NBC in Los Angeles, where she helped break the story of the bomb plot in which an Islamist prison gang planned to bomb several prominent sites in LA.
Lisa holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California, where she received a Presidential Merit Scholarship for her studies. In her last year of graduate school, Lisa was selected as a fellow to the Carnegie and Knight News 21 investigative journalism initiative.
Lisa completed her undergraduate degree in Middle East studies, Spanish and music (vocal performance) at Rutgers University with the highest of accolades.
In 2013, the Washington Times named Lisa one of the 30 Hottest Women in Politics.
Lisa is fluent in Persian and Spanish and is an avid opera singer and pianist.