Women Leaders Summit 2023

Felice Friedson

FELICE FRIEDSON

President/CEO

The Media Line News Agency

FELICE FRIEDSON (President/CEO, The Media Line News Agency) embodies the creative vision, courage, and persistence that has driven her three decades of dedication to bringing the world accurate and trustworthy fact-based news from the Middle East. A seasoned television, print, and radio journalist, Felice’s career covering the world’s most fascinating region is marked with creativity and innovation that resulted in historic firsts.

After creating and producing a nationally-syndicated radio program in the ‘90s, Felice launched The Media Line, the American news agency specializing in coverage of the Middle East. In a short time, TML became one of the most prolific providers of Mideast-based news content to the region and around the world. 

In 2005, Felice addressed her concern at the failure of Israeli and Palestinian journalists to communicate with each other by creating the Mideast Press Club – bringing more than 200 Israeli and Palestinian journalists together professionally. Felice’s trip to Yemen before the revolution provided access to what she describes as “the amazing women in media” who were catalysts for change from Sana’a to Amman to Ramallah to Jerusalem.

Recognizing a void in mentoring the next generation of journalists, Felice launched the Press and Policy Student Program at the Overseas Press Club. It has partnerships with dozens of universities globally, whereby students receive credit for their semester of learning A strong emphasis has been on building women leaders and giving them the tools to succeed.

In 2014, as a testament to her reputation and standing among leaders on all sides of the conflict, Felice served as interlocutor between Israeli and Palestinian officials, overseeing intricate negotiations regarding freedom of access for journalists.

Felice was honored to be named a delegate to the 2009 Global Creative Leadership Conference in New York. She has been twice nominated for the Charles Bronfman Prize –jointly by Israeli and Palestinian journalists; and is a 2010 recipient of the Global Citizen Award from Orphans International. A sought-after speaker, Felice was a presenter for the 2019 Women’s Business Association of Harvard Business School’s Dynamic Women in Business Conference.

She is wife, mother of three and proud grandmother of two.