Media Moves

Sahan Journal CEO/publisher Ibrahim to depart

November 2, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

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Mukhtar M. Ibrahim

One of the more impactful young leaders in local journalism is calling it a day, for now. Mukhtar M. Ibrahim, CEO and publisher of the news org Sahan Journal, has decided to leave the nonprofit he founded in 2019 to be more present with his family.

“I’ve got four young kids, the youngest being just four months old,” he explained. “I founded Sahan Journal for the community and based on what I know about the organization, it felt like the right time.” (Mukhtar came to Minnesota in 2005 from Somalia and holds journalism degrees from the University of Minnesota and Columbia University.)

He is particularly proud of building a workplace culture that is distinct and different from the norm in the profession: “I wanted it to be the best place to work: transparent, engaged — organizational values I wish I came up with.” Mukhtar, 35, spent the formative years of his career at Minnesota Public Radio, which was one of Sahan’s early funders.

A search firm will soon begin work on finding Mukhtar’s successor. He hopes it focuses on individuals with deep roots in journalism, but also management and fundraising skills. Mukhtar says he will be using his professional pause to also complete an MBA at the U of M’s Carlson School of Management.

You can read Mukhtar’s full announcement here.

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