Wajahat Ali is a journalist, writer, lawyer, an award-winning playwright, a TV host, and a consultant for the U.S. State Department.
He helped launch the Al Jazeera America network as co-host of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream, a daily news show that extended the conversation to social media and beyond. He was also a National Correspondent, Political Reporter, and Social Media Expert for Al Jazeera America. He focused on stories of communities and individuals often marginalized or under-reported in mainstream media.
Ali is also the author of The Domestic Crusaders—the first major play about Muslim Americans, post-9/11. Witty and emphatic, he speaks on the multifaceted Muslim American experience and an emergent generation of millennials poised for social change.
Wajahat Ali is a new kind of public intellectual: young, exuberant, and optimistic. Currently, with Dave Eggers, Ali is writing a television show about a Muslim American cop in the Bay Area. He was also the lead author and researcher of “Fear Inc., Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” the seminal report from the Center for American Progress.
Recent media highlights:
New York Times, Do Muslims Have to Be Democrats Now?
The Atlantic, A Muslim Among Israeli Settlers
The Atlantic, The Travel Ban Ruling Means My Kids Don’t Belong