Jacob Kushner is a foreign correspondent who writes magazine and other longform articles from Africa, Germany, and the Caribbean.
His reporting focuses on migration, global health, foreign aid and investment, prejudice, terrorism and violent extremism, climate change, and wildlife.
Jacob’s articles have appeared in dozens of publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy and The Guardian. He is the author of China’s Congo Plan, which was favorably reviewed in The New York Review of Books.
He has photographed for National Geographic and field-produced for VICE on HBO, and PBS NewsHour.
He is available for assignments worldwide.
A world view
I write for readers who are curious about the world, and eager to understand their place within it. I like stories that challenge our assumptions, particularly those we aren’t even aware we have. Above all, I seek gripping narratives that introduce readers to extraordinary people, and transport readers into their world.
Often, it’s a world that’s on the move. I write about forced migration, chronicling how closed borders shape the lives of people fleeing persecution. Other times, it’s a world hidden before our eyes: I report how prejudice, when left unchecked, can radicalize into extremism or even violence.
I have seen journalism do harm, and I believe we must do better. To that end, I sometimes write about ethics in international reporting. I’m a fan of solutions journalism, founded on the belief that the media should do more than simply report on familiar failures or catchy ideas. Rather, journalism should get to the bottom of what is working, and what is not.
I’m always on the lookout for the next great story, so if you’ve got one, get in touch (below).
Dominican Spanish, Haitian Creole, conversational German, basic French.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism – M.A.
University of Wisconsin – Madison – B.A. Journalism and Latin American Studies
One World Media Awards – Longlist, New Voice Award, 2020
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
Overseas Press Club of America
Solutions Journalism Network
European Journalism Centre
Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa
Logan Nonfiction Program – Carey Institute for Global Good
Livingston Awards for Young Journalists – Finalist, Excellence in International Reporting, 2018
Frontline Freelance Register
Society of Professional Journalists
Investigative Reporters & Editors
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
American Council on Germany
The Author’s Guild
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