Jacob Kushner reports on asylum and migration, development economics and inequality, foreign aid and investment, and governance. His current work focuses on refugees and U.S. foreign policy toward East/Central Africa, the Caribbean, and Germany.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jacob graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.A. in journalism and Latin American studies. He spent two years reporting from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where his work focused on immigration, politics and post-earthquake aid. He speaks fluent Spanish, conversational Haitian Creole and basic French.
He holds an M.A. in political journalism from Columbia University in New York, where he investigated Chinese engagement in Africa and authored the award-winning eBook, China’s Congo Plan. Jacob was a 2013 Overseas Press Club Fellow for the Associated Press in Nairobi, during which time he covered the Westgate Mall terrorist attack for the agency. In 2015 he received the McCloy Fellowship in Journalism from the American Council on Germany to spend one month reporting on refugee integration. In 2016 he was named among the world’s leading journalists doing solutions-based reporting by the Solutions Journalism Network.
Jacob’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, VQR, Pacific Standard, NewYorker.com, The Guardian, VICE magazine, Foreign Policy, The Nation, WIRED, Newsweek, OZY, the Associated Press, the L.A. Times, Guernica, Moment Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor and others. Several of his investigations have been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
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View his previous work at: Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism