International Night Speaker – Ms. Barbara Ferguson

Ms. Barbara G.B. Ferguson

Ms. Barbara Ferguson

Ms. Barbara Ferguson, Washington Bureau Chief, Arab News

Barbara G.B. Ferguson gained extensive experience with international affairs while employed as a journalist and editorial administrator for several national and international newspapers and magazines. Working the last 24 years as a journalist and bureau chief in Paris, London and now Washington, she developed an expertise on Middle East affairs. She speaks French and Arabic (Egyptian dialect).

Ms. Ferguson currently is the Washington Bureau Chief of Arab News, the leading English-language daily in the Middle East; headquartered in London with its editorial staff based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

She also works, part-time, as an advisor and consultant to the USMC at the Center for Advanced Operational Culture, CAOCL, at Quantico, Virginia.

As a journalist, Ms. Ferguson previously served as a regional expert for the Washington Times, writing “Country Reports,” that averaged 24 pages in the newspaper. Each report required her to reside a minimum of two months in country.

She has reported from the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, England, Estonia, France, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Monaco, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Sultanate of Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, and Western Sahara.

During the Iraq War in the Spring of 2003, Ms. Ferguson was an embedded war correspondent with Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3D Marine Aircraft Wing, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

At the request of Lt. Gen. James Amos, the current Marine Corps Commandant with whom she formerly embedded in 2003, Ms. Ferguson began training hundreds of Marines, including intelligence officers, being deployed or redeployed to Iraq on “Arab Culture and Islam.”

In Spring, 2005, she expanded her training, working with Connecting Cultures, to help Mideast-bound American contractors become culturally competent on Middle Eastern issues, she periodically trains US military correction officers, police and intelligence officers for the US Justice Department for the company.

In Summer, 2006, Ms. Ferguson joined CAOCL, based at Quantico, Virginia, where she works as a part-time advisor and trainer on Arab Culture, Afghanistan, Islam, the Media and Strategic Communications.

In Fall, 2006, Ms. Ferguson was hired by the Naval Postgraduate School’s “Leadership Development and Education for Sustained Peace,” LDESP, where she worked part-time for two years as a faculty member advising and training deploying military officers throughout the US on Arab Media and Strategic Communications.

Aside from training deploying Marines and soldiers, Ms. Ferguson also gives regular CAPSTONE classes at National Defense University; lectures PAOs (Public Affairs Officers) on Arab Media and Islam at the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland and regularly speaks at various other military events and non-military events.

She also occasionally trains Marines to work with translators and interpreters (in French) at Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia.

Ms. Ferguson was born in Essex, Connecticut; and is married to Tim Kennedy, a defense analyst and private contractor.

She attended Colorado Women’s College and graduated from the University of Minnesota, and continued her graduate work at the Sorbonne University, Paris, France, where she learned Arabic.

A technical researcher at UNESCO before starting her career as a journalist in 1980, she worked as a reporter and bureau chief in Paris (1982-1988) and then as a bureau chief in London, England (1988-1990).

Ms. Ferguson currently serves on the board of the International Correspondents Committee at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. and is an elected member of the board of directors of the National Health Association in Tampa, Florida. Before stepping down in 2009, she was elected for two terms to serve as a board member to the Washington Association of Arab Journalists.

She is profiled in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who in the Media and Communications.

A frequent public speaker on Middle East issues, Ms. Ferguson appears regularly as a Mideast expert on broadcast television and radio.



2nd Annual Rotary International Night
January 29, 2011
6:00-9:30 p.m.
Clarion Hotel, 970 South Jefferson Avenue, Cookeville, TN
Supporting International and Humanitarian Service Work of Rotary
Honored Country: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

6:00 Reception
7:00 Dinner
7:30 Presentations
Master of Ceremonies – David Hill, Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club
Speaker Introduction – Patrick Ryan, President, Tennessee World Affairs Council
Dr. Mody Alkhalaf – Director of Social and Cultural Affairs, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Washington, DC
Ms. Barbara Ferguson – Washington Bureau Chief, Arab News & Consultant to the U.S. Marine Corps
8:30-9:30 Entertainment
Tennessee Tech University Saudi Students Club

Tickets: $25
Rachel Moses (931)265-0439 or Patrick Ryan (931)261-2353
Best Western, 900 South Jefferson, Cookeville, TN [M-F, 9a-5p]


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Rotary International Night 2011
Presented by the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club
in association with
The Saudi Students Club at Tennessee Technological University
The Tennessee World Affairs Council
The Clarion Hotel, Cookeville, Tennessee


Thank you Clarion Inn of Cookeville

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