Saudi State Television Recognize First Female News Presenter

Saudi television anchorwoman Weam al-Dekheil has become the first female news presenter on a state-owned Saudi television channel. Al-Dekheil appeared on a Thursday news program, setting a precedent for Saudi women.

Al-Dekheil graduated from Beirut’s Lebanese American University before working at several prominent Arab news platforms, including Qatari news channel Al-Jazeera and London-based daily Al-Hayat, according to local media reports.

Al-Dekheil’s appearance on Saudi state television comes as part of a raft of reforms introduced by King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

The king announced his decision to allow women to drive a move that went into effect in June, last year.

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