Respected Lebanese journalist and television presenter for Al Arabiya, Najwa Qassem has died of a suspected heart attack.
Qassem has received many professional awards, and she was named by Arabian Business Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the Arab world.
Najwa Qassem was born on 7 July 1967 in Joun, Lebanon, a few years before the Lebanese Civil War.
Qassem initially aspired to study architecture but soon fell in love with media and televised broadcasting.
he first appeared on television in 1991 on Al Jadeed (New TV Lebanon) as a program presenter, then in 1993 moved to Future TV of Beirut.
In 2003 she became a part of the team for Al Arabiya. Since 2003 Qassem has been a senior anchor and correspondent of the Al Arabiya news channel.
She has covered numerous wars and assassinations during her career including the assassination of Rafic Hariri in 2005.
Throughout her years of experience she has put herself in the front lines of danger, and has covered some of the dangerous events going on in the world: The War on Afghanistan, Israel Occupations and Subsequent Withdrawals in South Lebanon.
She died on 2nd January from a reported heart attack.