A founder of the ARIJ network, established in 2005, Rana Sabbagh has dedicated the last 33 years of her career to journalism, column publishing, and media training to support free speech, independent media and human rights. Sabbagh erected the network with hopes of it serving as a media support organization, spreading the notion of accountability journalism to newsrooms, as well as to media professors and students based in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Bahrain, and Tunisia. As the former chief editor of The Jordan Times, Sabbagh became the first Arab woman in the history of the Levant to run a daily political newspaper. Prior to her work with the newspaper, she was a correspondent for Reuters International News Agency in Jordan and the Gulf. In 2003, she assisted in establishing Jordan’s newest newspaper, Al-Ghad. In addition to her current post at ARIJ, Sabbagh is the representative for the Middle East and North Africa on the first elected board of directors of the, “Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)”. She has also worked as the Jordanian correspondent for, “The Times” newspaper, as well as a former media consultant and trainer for the ‘Thomson Reuters Foundation”. She is currently a regular columnist for, “Al-Hayat”, and “Al-Ghad” newspapers.