Mukhtar Ibrahim

Mukhtar Ibrahim
15 months
Vadnais Heights, MN—When Mukhtar Ibrahim emigrated from East Africa to the U.S. in 2005, he spoke little English. Today, as a reporter with Minnesota Public Radio, he is the first Somali-American journalist in the state to work at a major news outlet. He is also the founder of Sahan Journal, an independent news source for East Africans and Somalis who live in the Twin Cities metro area. He wants to close the cultural gap between long-time and new Americans through more balanced, in-depth and fair storytelling about immigrants. With his Bush Fellowship, Mukhtar will complete a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University to advance his knowledge of long-form narrative writing, investigative reporting, digital storytelling and radio documentaries.

Learning Logs

Updates and Insights from Bush Fellows During Their Leadership Journey

It has been six months since I was selected as a Bush Fellow. It’s incredible how fast time flew by! I’m writing this report during the last week of the fall semester at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where I’m pursuing my master’s degree in investigative journalism. I’m deeply grateful to the Bush Foundation for giving me the opportunity to study at Columbia University. 

Mukhtar Ibrahim Fellowships