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Jacob Kushner writes about migration, conflict and extremism, and he investigates foreign aid, corruption and extrajudicial killings in East/Central Africa and the Caribbean.

His 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 elsewhere. Several of his investigations have been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

In 2017-2018 he investigated terrorism against immigrants as a Fulbright Fellow in Germany. He holds an M.A. in political journalism from Columbia University in New York, where he studied 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.

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 2016 he was named among the world’s leading journalists doing solutions-based reporting by the Solutions Journalism Network. 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.

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, and he speaks fluent Spanish, conversational Haitian Creole, and basic German and French.


Email: jfkushner@gmail.com



View his published photography and his photography portfolio

View his previous work at: Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

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