I am a Chicago-based journalist and writer focused on immigration and culture. I am currently the engagement reporter for Borderless Magazine, an award-winning non-profit immigration news outlet.
In my professional experience I:
- Report ethically and responsibly on stories of refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants (see articles).
- Prioritize in-person and online engagement with readers and the Chicago community.
- Practiced public speaking in events representing Borderless Magazine (i.e.:TEDxNEIU: “Why the United States media should rethink how it represents immigrants” or see videos for more).
- Assisted Northwestern graduate students studying journalism in a semester long FOIA project for my investigative series “As Chicago Reopens, Immigrant Restaurateurs Reflect On An Unprecedented Year”
- Mentored Northwestern and Mizzou graduate journalism students.
- Hosted listening sessions with local organizers and conducted a reader survey to better understand concerns of immigrants in Chicago. These sessions and surveys resulted in Borderless Magazine’s report: ‘The State of Immigration News’.
- Use creative platforms for social media and audience growth.
- Translated articles to Arabic.
- Contributed to weekly meetings with executive director and art director to brainstorm on succeeding plans.
- Did a weekly video series on YouTube and Instagram called "Behind the Story."
Before joining Borderless as their engagement reporter, I joined as their engagement intern and worked at the World Relief refugee agency.
I studied sociology at Northeastern Illinois University and recently graduated with a Master's in international studies from DePaul University.