Authors

Ashalul Aden is a longtime Rochester, Minnesota, resident who’s a senior at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She’s majoring in political science and religion. Ashalul is the president of the college’s Interfaith in Action group and vice president of the Black Student Union.

Dan Gunderson is an MPR News correspondent based in Moorhead.

Elizabeth Shockman covers education for MPR News.

Catharine Richert is based in Rochester, Minnesota, and covers Southeast Minnesota for MPR News. She was previously on MPR’s politics team, and has contributed to MPR’s health care coverage. She lives in Rochester with her husband, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, and their three children.

Simone Cazares is a 2019 news reporting and writing intern at MPR News.

Christine T. Nguyen is a Vietnamese American who works as a senior photojournalist at MPR News. Previously, she spent nearly 15 years covering daily life, sports and politics as a visual journalist at newspapers in North Carolina.

Sahan Journal is the only independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit digital newsroom dedicated to providing authentic news reporting for and about immigrants and refugees in Minnesota.

Mukhtar M. Ibrahim is the founder, editor and executive director of Sahan Journal. 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.

Ibrahim Hirsi was a reporter at MPR News and a contributing reporter for Sahan Journal, where he covered immigrant communities and the politics and policies that affect them. He was previously a staff writer for MinnPost. Ibrahim got his start in journalism at the Minnesota Daily, the University of Minnesota’s student newspaper. He’s currently a Ph.D. student in immigration history at the University of Minnesota.

Joey Peters is a contributing reporter for Sahan Journal. His work has appeared in Reuters, Public Radio International, Columbia Journalism Review, KFAI Radio, the Pioneer Press, City Pages, MinnPost and more. He previously served as staff writer for the Santa Fe Reporter and senior reporter for NM Political Report, both based in New Mexico.

Danish Raza is a New Delhi-based journalist with the Hindustan Times where he writes on social justice, culture, and the intersection of technology and society. He is an Alfred Friendly Press Partners fellow.

Chris Graves is the managing editor of digital for MPR News.

Jon Collins is a senior reporter on MPR News’ Race, Class and Communities desk. He’s focused on covering issues related to criminal justice and class. Jon is co-creator of the Peabody Award-winning podcast 74 Seconds, which followed the killing of motorist Philando Castile and trial of the first police officer in state history to be charged in an on-duty killing. He’s also extensively covered the opioid epidemic in the state.

Mike Moen is a public radio producer, reporter and host for both on-air and digital. In addition to his work for MPR news, Mike has produced many national stories that have aired on a variety of programs, such as Marketplace, All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

Jeyca Maldonado-Medina is a Puerto Rican journalist living in the Twin Cities. She currently works as an associate digital producer for MPR “Call to Mind” initiative as well as producer and co-host of the podcast “Tuesdays with Lazerbeak.”

Riham Feshir is a senior reporter at MPR News covering race, class and communities. Feshir is the co-creator of 74 Seconds, an innovative podcast that covered the first-ever trial of a Minnesota police officer charged in an on-duty death. Her work on the podcast won national awards, including a Peabody, Livingston and Third Coast Best Documentary. Feshir’s work focuses on important issues related to immigration policy, race and the growing diverse population of Minnesota.

Tarkor Zehn is a Liberian American journalist who studied communications and journalism at the University of St. Thomas. She previously worked as a freelance journalist for Public Radio International, a news producer for North Metro TV and a news intern for KARE-TV. She is currently a diversity fellow for MPR News where she covers race, class and communities.

Raised in a nomadic upbringing, Ahmed Ismail Yusuf is the author of three books: Gorgorkii Yimi, a collection of short stories in Somali; The Lion’s Binding Oath, a collection of short stories in English, and Somalis in Minnesota. His play “A CRACK IN THE SKY” was produced at the History Theatre in Saint Paul and others were performed at Pangea as well as Mixed Blood theatre.

Evan Frost is a photojournalist for Minnesota Public Radio News. The Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists named Frost as 2019 Young Journalist of the Year.

Haji Yussuf is a community activist and owner of Orange Oak Communication, a multilingual company based in Minneapolis. He’s also the founder of #UniteTable, which aims to improve the lives of children, youth, and older people through public policies.

Solomon Gustavo is a contributing reporter for Sahan Journal. He’s lifelong Minnesotan and first-generation Eritrean. He’s been published by the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, City Pages, MinnPost and Lillie News.