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Jacob Kushner

Jacob Kushner is an independent journalist who writes about migration, conflict and extremism, foreign aid, corruption and human rights abuses in East/Central Africa, the Caribbean, and Germany.

His writing has been published by The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper’s, The Atlantic, VQR, Outside Magazine, the Atavist, the ICIJ, Pacific Standard, NewYorker.com, VICE magazine, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Nation, WIRED, Playboy, Newsweek, OZY, the Associated Press, the L.A. Times, Guernica, Moment Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jacob graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.A. in journalism and Latin American studies. He then spent two years reporting from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In 2013 he received an M.A. in political journalism from Columbia University, where he researched Chinese engagement in Africa and authored China’s Congo Plan, which was favorably reviewed in The New York Review of Books.

In 2013 he conducted research for the ICIJ on their Offshore Leaks project, a precursor to the Panama Papers. As an Overseas Press Club Fellow in Nairobi he covered the 2013 Westgate Mall terrorist attack for the Associated Press. In 2016 he was named among the world’s leading journalists doing solutions-based reporting by the Solutions Journalism Network. He investigated terrorism against immigrants as a 2017-2018 Fulbright Fellow in Germany. In 2018 he was named a Finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for Excellence in International Reporting. Jacob is a 2019 Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good.

Jacob is a member of the Overseas Press Club, the Frontline Freelance Register, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Several of his investigations have been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He speaks fluent Spanish and Haitian Creole, conversational German, and basic French.

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