Janelle Hartman is a senior writer/editor for the Communications Workers of America and a former newspaper reporter and member of The Newspaper Guild-CWA at The Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore.


NABET-CWA Member Saves Colleagues from Angry Mob in Egypt


A NABET-CWA member is credited with saving the lives of his ABC news team after they were carjacked and threatened with beheading, one of more than 100 violent attacks on journalists covering the events in Egypt.

Akram Abi-hanna, a veteran ABC photographer from Local 51016 in New York City, used his Lebanese heritage and Arabic language skills to persuade the pro-Mubarak mob to release him, producer Brian Hartman and two other team members. Hartman said Abi-hanna is only reason they are still alive.