Emmy-nominated Journalist
Graphic Novel Author
Travels from: Brooklyn, New York

“Najem and Neus ground this gripping narrative, told with great immediacy, in the teen’s close-knit family.”—Horn Book, starred review

Nora Neus is an Emmy-nominated journalist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She’s the author of Muhammad Nadjem, War Reporter, a middle-grade graphic novel about citizen journalism in Syria, 24 Hours in Charlottesville: An Oral History of August 12, 2017, a non-fiction book about the 2017 white nationalist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia (Summer 2023), and Stunt Girl, a young adult graphic novel about journalism in turn-of-the-century NYC (Winter 2025).

By day, Nora works as a producer for CNN New York. She is currently anchor producer to New Day anchor John Berman, responsible for producing a daily three hour breaking news broadcast from CNN’s New York headquarters. She has covered the conflict in Ukraine, American politics, the ongoing Covid pandemic, and other breaking news stories.

In addition to her work at CNN, Nora has completed her Master of War Studies degree through King’s College London. She also holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Virginia, where she completed research on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. Her B.A. with distinction in History is also from the University of Virginia, where she was a Jefferson Scholar.

She started her journalism career as a child writing a newspaper called “Neus News” for her family and friends.

Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers |
Graphic Memoir

A teenage boy risks his life to tell the truth in this gripping graphic memoir by youth activist Muhammad Najem and CNN producer Nora Neus. 

“A story of journalism at its most inspiring, its most heartbreaking, its most essential. Muhammad is a reporter who brings hope to a damaged world.”
—John Berman, CNN anchor
“A powerful true story that demonstrates the power of one young person determined to change the world. Everyone should read this phenomenal book.” —Victoria Jamieson, coauthor of When Stars Are Scattered
“What an amazing story this is! One family’s struggle for survival in the chaos of Syria, and one boy’s courageous decision to risk his life to tell the story. This graphic memoir is inspiring and exciting, powerful and very poignant. I loved it!” —Anderson Cooper
Muhammad Najem was only eight years old when the war in Syria began. He was thirteen when his beloved Baba, his father, was killed in a bombing while praying. By fifteen, Muhammad didn’t want to hide anymore—he wanted to act. He was determined to reveal what families like his were enduring in Syria: bombings by their own government and days hiding in dark underground shelters.

Armed with the camera on his phone and the support of his family, he started reporting on the war using social media. He interviewed other kids like him to show what they hope for and dream about. More than anything, he did it to show that Syrian kids like his toddler brother and infant sister, are just like kids in any other country. Despite unimaginable loss, Muhammad was always determined to document the humanity of the Syrian people. Eventually, the world took notice.

This tenderly illustrated graphic memoir is told by Muhammad himself along with CNN producer Nora Neus, who helped break Muhammad’s story and bring his family’s plight to an international audience.

Coming soon!

Historically Speaking | Nora Neus, Emmy nominated CNN Reporter, on reporting, producing, and her new book!

Politics and Prose | P&P Live! Muhammad Najem, Nora Neus, & Julie Robine – Muhammad Najem, War Reporter
KimCarsonNOW | Nora Neus, CNN Reporter and Author

Nora’s Newsletter | Substack

Nora’s Reporting

Honors, Awards & Recognition

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
CNN | Emmy-nominated Producer and Journalist
King’s College | Master of War Studies
University of Virginia | Master of Public Policy

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