Slma Shelbayah is a Broadcast Journalist and Communications Consultant. She is a Producer/Assignment Editor for CNN and also a Writer for CNN.com. Her career includes breaking news coverage with CNN International, spanning the regions of the Middle East, Asia and Africa and varying across national and international topics including stories covering Arab and Muslim Diasporas.
Ms. Shelbayah is also an Adjunct Professor of Business and Mass Communication at Brenau University where she teaches numerous courses including, International Business Communication, Writing and Critical Thinking, Art of Leadership and Cross-Cultural Business Conflict Resolution. She also trains professionals in voice-over work, social media marketing, resume building, writing and public speaking. Her 10+ years of experience include a background in broadcast media as a reporter, show host, editor, writer, commercial talent, voice-over artist and producer.
Ms. Shelbayah spends much of her time public speaking and workshop training at various engagements connected to her communication and media interests. She travels often delivering presentations, conducting research and in-the-field-reporting. For community involvement, she enjoys working with youth, community service projects and engaging in interfaith and cultural opportunities. She speaks English, Arabic and intermediate Spanish. She has earned her Bachelor’s in Journalism with a minor in Sociology, a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics focusing on Arabic and Spanish.
Ms. Shelbayah was raised and lives in Georgia with her two daughters. Her interests include spending quality time with family and friends, interfaith work, community service, traveling, gardening, arts and crafts, reading, writing and cooking.