Alaa Elassar is a writer at CNN who doubles as a reporter for the station. She describes herself as a writer for CNN Digital who concentrates on breaking news stories for CNN.com. After her undergraduate studies, she was a three-time intern for CNN before joining officially the international team as a producer and researcher.
Elassar previously worked as a News Journalist for Storyful in New York. At the station, she monitors Storyful’s news feed for emerging stories and undertakes advance searches to discover original content.
Elassar is a Volunteer Coordinator Intern at Red Cross Blood Services since Aug 2015. In her Linkedin, she writes that she is responsible for assisting with volunteer recruitment as well as involving current volunteers in community activities throughout the semester.
Alaa Elassar Age
She is currently in her mid-20s based on the year she graduated from GSU.
Alaa Elassar Education
For her education, she went to Georgia State University (GSU) for a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Journalism from 2016 to 2018 attaining a GPA of 4.12. Elassar was part of the National Society of Leadership and success as well as a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society sorority at GSU.
Elassar enrolled at Columbia University in New York in 2019 for a Masters’s degree in Journalism. She graduated from the institution in 2021.
Alaa Elassar Uvalde Elementary School Shooting
Elassar was the field reporter for CNN covering the Uvalde Elementary Shooting in Texas. The shooting was orchestrated by 18-year-old Texas school shooter Salvador Ramos. Ramos shot dead 19 young children and two of their teachers on Tuesday, May 24 in a shooting that has left the country reeling from gun violence once again. The 18-year-old gunman was shot and killed by law enforcement at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde Texas.
The Elementary School where the shooting happened has 600 students enrolled and most of them (90 %) are Hispanic as per the district’s record. It is located in the city of Uvalde, the hometown of Matthew McConaughey, 60 miles east of the Mexican border and 80 miles west of San Antonio.
She wrote in a Tweet, “Being in Uvalde to cover one of the darkest and most horrifying tragedies I’ve ever had to report on was so heavy. The grieving this community is going through — families who never got to say goodbye, children who witnessed genuine horror, and the feeling of safety shattered, for a very long time if not forever.”