Today we are delighted to highlight Dorothy "D" Parvaz, a senior producer heading up the new Human Rights section at Al Jazeera America. Parvaz has reported extensively on issues in the MENA/central Asia region, with an emphasis on Egypt, Libya, Iran and Afghanistan. In 2011, Parvas was sent to cover the uprising in Syria when she was suddenly detained while covering antigovernment protests, but fortunately she was released several weeks later. For her industrious work, Parvaz has earned the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage as well as the National Press Club Award, among numerous other accolades. In her words, being a journalist means "[c]onnecting the dots for readers and striking that balance of leaving them better informed and yet more curious with every sentence." To aspiring journalists, she has this to say: "Work hard. Then work harder. No one has time for an ego & all the insecurity that goes with it." As for PR professionals who hope to pitch her, she advises they do so "[w]ith clarity. But even if your pitch is perfect and you don't end up delivering on time, your next perfect pitch will probably remain unread." To sample Parvaz's excellent work, peruse her Muck Rack portfolio here.