Our community is filled with inspirational people doing awesome things… Here are just some of the amazing Muslims out there who are totally nailing it right now in the media. Stay awesome peeps.
Waleed Aly is one of Australia’s most respected and versatile young media talents. On radio and television he has interviewed everyone from Julia Gillard to The Bangles. He has tackled comedy as a writer and presenter for SBS’s Salam Cafe, and tackled hard-hitting news as a host of ABC radio’s Mornings program in Melbourne or an anchor for ABC News Breakfast and is currently the host of the popular prime time news show The Project.
Noor Tagouri graduated from one of the top journalism schools at just 20 years of age, she’s a local news reporter in the DC metro area for CTV News, an associate journalist for CBS radio in Washington D.C and travels all over the world as a motivational speaker. Her viral campaign #LetNoorShine gave her international attention and now has a social media following of over 100,000. Through her work, Noor aims to break normative stereotypes and encouraged others to tackle their own potential in a multi-cultural society.
Wajahat Ali is a lawyer, writer, playwright, editor, professional speaker, and currently the co-host and digital producer of The Stream by Al-Jazeera. The bulk of his work has centered on the Muslim experience in America, from academic essays to light-hearted plays. He is also well-versed on contemporary affairs, politics, the media, popular culture, and religions — with his essays and interviews on these topics frequently appearing in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, Wall Street Journal Blog, Huffington Post, CNN.com, among other outlets.
Widyan Fares migrated to Australia in 1995 after leaving Rafha refugee camp in Saudi Arabia, where she was born after her parents escaped from Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. Widyan has been working as a journalist for over four years at some of Australia’s premiere media outlets. During her time at SBS Widyan worked in Radio, TV and online and soon became one of the first veiled reporters on national television, making her debut in March 2014 with a feature story on the Muslim fashion industry in Australia. She covered various stories including the 10th anniversary of Abu Gharib Prison, the Parramatta Girls Female Factory and the ISIS crisis. While at SBS Widyan also worked in Melbourne and at the Australian Press Gallery in Canberra, Parliament House.
Momin Bannani is the creative lead at AJ+ Arabic, where he seeks creative ways to engage the target audience. He creates a medium that enables them to examine, create meanings, and most importantly see how current affairs affects their lives to empower them as individuals and communities.
Mahvish Irfan is a Muslim American journalist, author, copywriter and web content developer with a major passion for authentic storytelling. She is always on the hunt to report the most exciting news impacting the Muslim world and beyond. Recently, she has worked with public figures including Andrew Zimmern, Wonho Chung, Yvonne Maffei, and Omar Samra. Her writing can be found in The Muslim Observer (TMO), Noor Kids, American Muslim Consumers Consortium (AMCC), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and much more.
Youssef Gaboune is the Co-founder of How The World Works, Ethical Leaders and New Open Education. He is also Head of Business Development at Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center, based in Doha, Qatar. Youssef believes that the path of spirituality is embedded in the daily struggle of developing an ethical character, and seeking to learn from nature and from people from different cultures, beliefs, social status and ethnic backgrounds.
Tahmina Ansari is an award-winning multi-platform journalist who came to Australia with her family as refugees from Afghanistan in the early 90s. In 2014, she was awarded the ABC Sydney cadetship and has since worked in Sydney and western NSW newsrooms as a news presenter, reporter and video journalist. Tahmina made history in 2013 by being the first veiled reporter on national television with a story of how two century-old Turkish daggers from the WWI Gallipoli battle were used to teach history to school students. Her stories have featured on flagship programs such as Landline, AM and PM. She has also presented the flagship TV current affairs program Australian Story, In 2014 she was a finalist in the NSW Kennedy Awards and in 2015 a finalist for camerawork in the Young Walkley Awards. In 2015, she won the NSW Young Journalist of the Year at the Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards.
Dustin Craun is the Founder and Executive Editor of Ummah Wide, a digital media startup focused on stories and cultures that transcend the global borders and boundaries of the Muslim, Interfaith and Human family. He is a writer, community organiser, an anti-racist educator and a communications strategist who has worked with more than twenty-five different non-profit and social movement based organizations over the last twelve years in the United States, Mexico, and Ghana. His writings have been featured in publications such as Adbusters, and he is working on publishing his first book titled Decolonizing Whiteness.
Miran is a radio producer, freelance writer and editor based in Western Sydney. As a freelance journalist, Miran has written for news media outlets like Aljazeera, NewMatilda and the ACIJ. She has also dabbled in fiction, with a series of her short story-style vignettes published in Westside Publications’ journal, On Western Sydney. At present, Miran produces local radio content for an Australian public broadcaster. She also co-edits a niche online publication called Sajjeling.
Mohammed Zaoud is the head of marketing for the Middle East, North Africa & Regional News Channels at Al Jazeera Media Network and continues to build strong connections with partners all over the world though his inspiring work.
Ghazala Irshad is The GroundTruth Project’s Social Media Editor. She was previously Social Media Manager for the UAE-produced, social media-driven travel show Peeta Planet. Prior to that she was a freelance journalist based in Egypt covering the Arab Spring while completing her Master’s in TV & Digital Journalism at the American University in Cairo.
Mohamed Taha is a multi-platform journalist and producer with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). His stories have featured on flagship ABC programs such as Lateline, The World Today and Triple J’s Hack. They include stories about alleged police brutality, animal welfare concerns at NSW pounds, community measures to tackle local ISIS-related violence, youth unemployment, domestic violence and suicide rates in migrant communities.