Authors

Dan Kraker

CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Dan Kraker is based in Duluth, Minn., and covers northeastern Minnesota for MPR News.

Hannah Yang

CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

An award-winning journalist, Hannah Yang joined the MPR News’ regional team as the southwest Minnesota reporter in December 2019. Having extensively covered the southeast part of the state, Hannah has experience in bringing the stories from rural areas in Greater Minnesota into the light and for addressing the challenges small towns face. Reporting through her storytelling and from behind the lens as a photographer and videographer, Hannah looks to tell stories from the prairie lands as the divide between rural and urban becomes more pronounced.

Nancy Yang is a digital producer for MPR News.

Mukhtar M. Ibrahim is the founder, editor and executive director of Sahan Journal, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to chronicling the struggles, successes and transformations of Minnesota’s immigrant and refugee communities.

 

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.

Sheila Regan is a Minneapolis-based freelance journalist. You can find her dance writing at the Star Tribune, and other writing at places like City Pages, Minnesota Monthly, the Southwest Journal, and the Minnesota Women’s Press. She also has national bylines with the Washington Post, Hyperallergic, Artnet News, Bomb, Salon, ArtForum, and others.

Jeffrey Bissoy was an associate producer for MPR News with Kerri Miller and wrote about sports before leaving for Mexico. He is a contributor to The Current and Sahan Journal.

Becky Z. Dernbach is a Minneapolis-based freelance journalist. Her work has also appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times and The Guardian.

Mohamed Ibrahim was a 2019 fall intern at MPR News.

John Enger

Contributing Reporter

MPR News reporter based in Bemidji, Minn.

Katrina Pross was a 2019 summer intern for the Pioneer Press.

I get paid to learn and talk with people about issues and news that people (hopefully) care about. That’s a pretty good gig. I’ve been a reporter for more than 30 years. Before moving to Minnesota in the late 80s, I worked for newspapers in Massachusetts and freelanced in China. I’ve covered financial services, airlines, technology, telecommunications and other beats in my career. Now I cover housing  — something everyone needs. I believe just about everyone I meet can inform me — and readers and listeners — in some way. If you wish to share your thoughts, questions or insights about housing, please contact me at 651-290-1311 or mmoylan@mpr.org.

Marcheta Fornoff has been an associate producer for MPR News with Kerri Miller since 2014.

Marcheta also worked with MPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition while attending the University of Minnesota, where she was a reporter and DJ for Radio K. Marcheta has worked and studied in Rome, Italy.

Hamse Warfa, deputy commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, is the highest-ranking African immigrant official in Minnesota state government. He can be reached at Hamse.Warfa@state.mn.us.

Tiffany Bui, a junior at the University of Minnesota studying journalism and sociology, was a fall 2019 intern at MPR News.

She’s had bylines in Sahan Journal, MinnPost and the Pioneer Press, and currently reports for the Minnesota Daily’s podcast “In the Know.”

Zafar Siddiqui is an Indian American who lives in Blaine. He is a co-founder of The Supporters of the Human Rights in India (SHRI).

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.

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 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.