Golnaz Esfandiari

Golnaz Esfandiari

senior correspondent


Golnaz Esfandiari is a Senior Correspondent in RFE/RL's Central Newsroom and editor of the award-winning Persian Letters blog. She previously worked as the Chief Editor of  RFE/RL ‘s Persian Service Radio Farda.  

Golnaz is the author of several Iran reports for Freedom House. Esfandiari has reported from a number of countries including Haiti and Afghanistan where she covered  the country’s first parliamentary elections.  

Her reporting and analysis on Iran has been cited by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy,  The Los Angeles Times, and The Weekly Standard. 


In 2013, Esfandiari (@GEsfandiari) was tagged for the third year in a row in Foreign Policy's Top 100 Twitterati list.