Ali Akbar Abdolrashidi (born 1949 in Kerman) is an Iranian journalist, writer, traveler, translator, and lecturer. During his fifty-year (at 2016) career as a journalist, Abdolrashidi conducted hundreds of television interviews with notable international figures, such as Fidel Castro, Rajiv Gandhi, Sir Alec Jeffreys, Coleman Barks, William Chittick , Robert Bly, Julius Nyerere, Ahmad Zaki Yamani .
He started his profession in the early 1960s, while still a teenager. It was then that he began to work for a radio station in Kerman. He then joined the national radio network as a researcher, working for a weekly program on folkore under the editorial of the late famous Iranian researcher, Abolghasem Enjavi Shirazi. On becoming competent in English, he joined the news and current-affairs department and worked as a translator of newswires.
After seven years, he was appointed as the London-based correspondent of the IRIB in 1980. A year later, however, he returned to Iran at the IRIB headquarters in Tehran, where he headed the foreign news desk and traveled the world to cover current events in the United Nations, OPEC, Non-Aligned Movement meetings and other international organizations. In 1984, Abdolrashidi returned to London as the British and European correspondent. He covered many historic events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the formation of the EU.
Coming Back to Iran, he started his job as the TV moderator and anchorman for years as he run hundreds of live interviews with politicians, diplomats, scientists, academics, researchers as well as artists and so on.
Abdolrashidi has visited almost 40 countries and written and translated a total of more than twenty books, (at 2014) and is the author of hundreds of articles, columns and essays. He has received numerous awards for his work as a journalist including the top award of Hoso Bunka Foundation for a documentary, Dislocation, in 1997.