Ayed is a veteran CBC foreign correspondent currently based in London.
For the better part of a decade, she lived in and covered the Middle East for CBC television, radio and online. From Riyadh to Tehran, Beirut to Baghdad, Ayed traveled the region extensively, reporting from many conflicts and interviewing key leaders. She also covered the Arab uprisings from the start.
Ayed has reported from many places beyond the Mideast, including India, Pakistan, Kenya, Haiti and several others around Europe.
Her reportage has been repeatedly recognized repeatedly, through numerous national and international awards and nominations. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the University of Manitoba in 2008 for distinguished achievement.
A former parliamentary reporter for The Canadian Press, Ayed is a graduate of Carleton University's Master of Journalism program. She also holds a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies and a B.Sc. in genetics from the University of Manitoba.
Ayed is also a published author.
She was born and raised in Winnipeg.