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Yusuf Omar

Yusuf Omar

Senior Social Reporter, CNN, UK

Yusuf Omar is an award-winning senior social reporter based in CNN's London bureau. Omar works within the global CNN Social team, with a special focus in mobile storytelling, including programming CNN's Snapchat Discover channel.

Omar's forays in mobile journalism began in 2010, when he hitchhiked from South Africa to Syria with nothing but his smartphone and a small handheld camera to tell his story. Since then, he's used mobile technology to report from the frontlines of the Syrian war to the #ZumaMustFall protests in Johannesburg.

Omar spent five years covering the African continent as Mobile Journalism lead at eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) and reporting for the Independent Newspapers group in South Africa. Most recently, Omar was mobile editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he was tasked with building a mobile journalism team, training 750 reporters to tell stories using their mobile devices.