Mukhtar M. Ibrahim is a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio who covers the local United States attorney's office and the FBI.
He has extensively covered domestic and international terrorism-related issues, including a controversial anti-terrorism program in Kenya which was part of the U.S. government’s “soft power” strategy to combat radicalization in East Africa.
Since joining MPR, he has covered a wide variety of assignments, including breaking news, enterprise, daily news, profiles and live blogging. He has also written about immigration and stories of young Somali-Americans from Minnesota who either traveled to Syria or were charged with a conspiracy to join terrorist groups.
Mukhtar previously worked as a contributing digital reporter for MPR and as a freelance journalist. His work has appeared on BuzzFeed News, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Al Jazeera English and the Wisconsin Center for Investigate Journalism, where he worked as investigative reporting fellow. He's the founder of Sahan Journal, an independent source of information for East Africans and Somalis in the diaspora.
Mukhtar has a strong foundation as a reporter with fine instincts and an eye for descriptive detail. He has a knack for finding unique stories by mining digital sources of information and digging deeply. His deep understanding of the rhythms of digital journalism and all that entails — writing stories that can find a broad readership online, engaging with audience and developing sources online — makes him a digital-savvy journalist who can tell stories with sophistication and depth.
His work has been recognized by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters.
Mukhtar began his journalism career on his college newspaper, The Minnesota Daily, where he covered local issues and news important to communities around the University of Minnesota.
He loves coding, reading riveting stories, discussing current affairs, social and race-related issues, and being around people who challenge and inspire him both personally and professionally.
A Somali native who resettled in Minnesota in 2005, Mukhtar earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and his master's degree in investigative and data journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.