PALO ALTAN IN SORKIN'S 'NEWSROOM' Palo Alto native and actor Amin El Gamal is scheduled to appear in the fifth episode of television writer Aaron Sorkin's latest project, "The Newsroom," which premiered June 24 on HBO. Sorkin, the writer behind "The Social Network" and "The West Wing," cast El Gamal after a direct audition. El Gamal will play the episode's title character, "Amen," an Egyptian reporter in the midst of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. This was an event that hit close to home for him in real life. "As an Egyptian-American, (I felt that) the revolution had a profound effect on my family and me," El Gamal said in a press release. "I felt a responsibility to properly represent the incredible people who finally got a voice during those 18 days in Tahrir Square." El Gamal, who began his acting career locally in Palo Alto High School's Haymarket Theatre and the Palo Alto Children's Theatre, said he hopes his performance will empower other young Egyptian-Americans and help those who struggle with their identity as he did. The episode is scheduled to air July 22.