Jacob Kushner writes on asylum and migration, development economics and inequality, foreign aid and investment, and governance. Currently a Fulbright Fellow based in Berlin, his recent work tells the stories of refugees in East/Central Africa, the Caribbean, and Germany.
Jacob’s journalism has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, 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 others. Several of his investigations have been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
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 German and 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. In 2013 he conducted research for the ICIJ on their Offshore Leaks project, a precursor to the Panama Papers. Jacob was an 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 there. In 2016 he was named among the world’s leading journalists doing solutions-based reporting by the Solutions Journalism Network, and in 2017 his story Love Thy Neighbor was published by The Atavist. In 2018 he was named a Finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for Excellence in International Reporting for his investigation for Foreign Policy into authorities’ failure to stop a group of German terrorists from murdering men of immigrant background across Germany. He is a member of the Frontline Freelance Register, the Overseas Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Investigative Reporters and Editors.
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View his previous work at: Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
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