About 

      Yusuf Omar is an award-winning senior social reporter based in CNN's London bureau.

      Omar works within the global CNN Social team, with a special focus in mobile storytelling, including programming CNN's Snapchat Discover channel.

      Omar's forays in mobile journalism began in 2010, when he hitchhiked from South Africa to Syria with nothing but his smartphone and a small handheld camera to tell his story. Since then, he's used mobile technology to report from the frontlines of the Syrian war to the #ZumaMustFall protests in Johannesburg.

      Omar spent five years covering the African continent as Mobile Journalism lead at eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) and reporting for the Independent Newspapers group in South Africa.

      Most recently, Omar was mobile editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he was tasked with building a mobile journalism team, training 750 reporters to tell stories using their mobile devices.

      In late 2016 Omar was awarded at the world's first Snapchat awards - The Ghosties- for using social media for social good. He used Snapchat face filters to hide the identities of rape survivors in India while enabling them to tell their stories. Omar was also named Mobile Journalist of the Year in 2016.

      Omar graduated with honors from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, majoring in Management and Marketing. This included a business exchange at California State University. Omar also completed a post graduate diploma in Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa, and is a graduate of the Duke Media Fellowship where he researched Snapchat storytelling. He also completed the Thomson Foundation Media Convergence course in London.

      Born in the UK, Omar spent 14 years studying and working in Australia, America, South Africa and India.