Mukhtar M. Ibrahim is the founder, editor and executive director of Sahan Journal, a nonprofit digital newsroom dedicated to covering immigrants and refugees in Minnesota.
He previously worked as a staff writer for the Star Tribune, where he covered Minneapolis city government and local affairs; and Minnesota Public Radio News, where he wrote about national security matters and immigration. He has also written for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed News and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, where he worked as a reporting fellow.
Mukhtar has a strong foundation as a reporter with fine instincts and an eye for descriptive detail. He has a knack for finding unique stories by mining digital sources of information and digging deeply. His deep understanding of the rhythms of digital journalism and all that entails — writing stories that can find a broad readership online, engaging with audience and developing sources online — makes him a digital-savvy journalist who can tell stories with sophistication and depth.
One of his stories had originated from a Reddit post and ended up being tweeted by J.K. Rowling!
A really beautiful story. I hope they find each other. https://t.co/DcW5x1OiCM— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 22, 2018
His work has been recognized by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters and journalism schools. Mukhtar was a 2016 recipient of the prestigious leadership fellowship from the St. Paul-based Bush Foundation; 2017 recipient of the Lynton Fellowship, which is given to two outstanding students in Professor Samuel G. Freedman's Book Writing seminar at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism; and 2018 recipient of 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.
In 2018, the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists named Mukhtar's Twitter account the best social media account in Minnesota. Judges said: "Mukhtar Ibrahim showcases what a journalist’s Twitter account should be. Fantastic. Strong, consistent content and impressive engagement.”
He earned a web development certificate from Minneapolis Community & Technical College, 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.