Barbara Ferguson Kennedy | National Health Association

Barbara Ferguson Kennedy

Vice President

Barbara Ferguson Kennedy gained extensive experience with international affairs while employed as a journalist for several national and international newspapers and magazines. Working the last 24 years as a journalist and bureau chief in Paris, London and now Washington, she developed an expertise on Middle East affairs. She speaks French and Arabic (Egyptian dialect).  She has worked in and/or reported from the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, England, Estonia, France, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Monaco, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Sultanate of Oman, Palestine, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, and Western Sahara.

She served as an embedded war correspondent with the USMC in 2003, where she translated for her unit in Iraq. As a result, she now works part-time as an advisor on Islam, Arab Culture, Arab Media, and Strategic Communications for the United States Marine Corps' Center for Advanced Operational Culture (CAOCL) at Quantico, Virginia.

Apart from her full time work as a journalist and consultant at CAOCL, she also periodically trains Mideast-bound American contractors to become culturally competent on Middle Eastern issues. Her students include US military corrections officers, police, intelligence officers, and the US Justice Department.

Ms. Ferguson Kennedy currently serves on the board of the International Correspondents Committee at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. and is vice president on the board of directors of the National Health Association in Tampa, Florida. Before stepping down in 2009, she was elected for two terms to serve as a board member to the Washington Association of Arab Journalists.

She is profiled in Who's Who in AmericaWho's Who in the World and Who's Who in the Media and Communications.

A frequent public speaker on Middle East issues, Ms. Ferguson Kennedy appears regularly as a Mideast expert on broadcast television and radio, and regularly speaks at various military and non-military events.