Roxana Saberi is an American author and journalist born on April 26, 1977, in Belleville, New Jersey, U.S.
She is also known as the former Miss North Dakota pageant winner as per her bio.
Roxana is the daughter of Reza Saberi, who is an Iranian and Akiko Saberi, who emigrated from Japan. She belongs to multiracial ethnicity.
Her parents along with her moved to Fargo, North Dakota when she was just six months old.
Roxana Saberi with her mother Akiko and father Reza (Photo: latimes.com)
Saberi graduated from Fargo North High School in the year 1994. She played soccer and piano and took part in dance line and key club.
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In 2007 Saberi was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with degrees in French and Communication. Saberi also played soccer for the Cobbers team from 1994 to 1996.
Saberi holds her first master's degree from Northwestern University in Broadcast Journalism and her second master's degree which she did from the "University of Cambridge in International Relations."
In the year 1997, she was chosen as Miss North Dakota. She was also among the top ten finalists in 1998`s Miss America pageant. There she won the Scholar Award.
In 2003, Roxana moved to Iran. In the year 2006, the Iranian authorities revoked Saberi's press accreditation and put an end to the FSN Bureau where she worked as a reporter.
She maintained a second press accreditation which permitted her to work as a freelance reporter in Iran for the BBC network. It was also revoked in late 2006.
After that Roxana cut ties with the BBC but continued to file occasional reports from the country for IPS, ABC Radio and NPR.
On the year 2009, on April 8 the Iranian government charged Roxana with espionage to which she denied the charges on her. She was subsequently convicted, and she got sentenced to 8 years of imprisonment.
An appeals court reduced the charge against her from espionage to possessing classified information.
She again denied this charge but her eight-year prison term reduced to a two-year suspended sentence. She got released from the prison on 11th May 2009.
After she was released Roxana wrote a book about her experiences in Iran. Her book was titled ‘Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran,' which was released on March 30, 2010.
Roxana who stands to some untold numbers of height has won many awards which include the 2008 Medill Medal of Courage, the 2009 NCAA award for valor, the 2009 Ilaria Alpi Freedom of the Press award and a 2010 Project on Middle East Democracy Award.
From all her work it is visible that she might have not only earned astounding fame but has also earned a substantial amount of riches.
Also, the average salary of a correspondent ranges from $102K, and undoubtedly, Roxana might earn more than an average salary.
Roxana's Personal Life
While looking towards Roxana personal life, she is yet to make bold headlines in the super famous tabloids.
Due to her low key profile, whether she is married to any possible husband or not is not known till date.
However, according to edition.cnn.com, Iranian film director, Bahman Ghobadi was dubbed as Roxana's fiance.
When Roxana was in prison, during the talk with CNN, Bahman said her four months in prison was like four years for him. He even sent Roxana a letter when she was in jail.
As of now, the question about whether she is married to her fiance or not has been on everyone's tongue.
But sadly, the question has only remained a question without an answer. As long as Roxana stays mute on the matter nothing about her dating boyfriend or married to a husband can be said.