Leaders that are driven to seek creative solutions for the diverse voices within our community.
Suzanne Bassal was raised in the hills of East Tennessee and is an attorney, former television journalist and social activist. She was a member of CNN’s White House Unit, serving as the youngest member of the White House Press Corps, at that time. She covered Presidents Clinton and Bush and landed interviews with Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Arab League head Amr Moussa, and several Senators and Congressmen. She witnessed history in the making covering the Florida Recount, Camp David Accords and the Emergency Middle East Peace Summit in Sharlm el Sheikh Egypt.
Suzanne was an on-air correspondent for CNN Radio, had several stories published on CNN.com and wrote over 40 wires. For three years, Suzanne co-hosted and co-produced What’s Happening on ART (Arab Radio and Television) an International Show that interviewed young Arabs and Muslims and issues of importance to them. What’s Happening had the most viewership during it’s time slot. Suzanne has been a School Board member for Arizona Cultural Academy for over four years and was selected to serve as an attorney for the Sandra Day O’Conner House Domestic Violence Volunteer Attorney Network. Suzanne also volunteers with Ta’leefCollective to bring meaningful programs to Arizona that fosters a healthy understanding of Islam. She was recently awarded the Knowledge is Light Award by the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona.
Suzanne lives in the Phoenix, Arizona area with her husband and three children.