Sahan Journal published a voter guide this week in collaboration with Pollen Midwest. Some readers on social media have criticized an opinion that a politician, Mark Haase, expresses in the text. We think voters should be able to read that perspective—and feel free to criticize it.
Author Archives: Mukhtar M. Ibrahim
Mukhtar Ibrahim is the founding publisher and CEO of Sahan Journal.
He previously worked as a staff writer for the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio News. He has also written for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed News and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
Mukhtar is among the first of his generation's professional, accomplished journalists of Somali background in Minnesota and in the country. His leadership has been recognized with many awards and accomplishments and is sought-after speaker and panelist at leading institutions, organizations and conferences around the United States.
He was a recipient of the prestigious leadership fellowship from the St. Paul-based Bush Foundation (2016), a "Great Immigrant" award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York (2019), Islamic Resource Group's "Building Bridges Award in Media" (2019), Twin Cities Business Magazine’s 100 People to Know (2020), and "Above the Fold" award, which honors alumni of the University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication under the age of 40 who have made exceptional contributions to their fields.
Mukhtar's personal and professional distinction are accompanied by his large social media following, his ambition and strategic talents, his extremely wide and diverse networks and his standing as a thought leader in journalism.
He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a graduate degree in investigative and data journalism from Columbia University.
Born in Somalia, Mukhtar spent his childhood in Ethiopia and Kenya and has lived his adult life in Minnesota. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and three daughters.