Mukhtar Ibrahim stepping down as CEO of Sahan Journal

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Mukhtar Ibrahim, founder and CEO of the nonprofit news site Sahan Journal, is stepping down, he announced Monday.

Mukhtar Ibrahim, CEO of Sahan Journal
Mukhtar Ibrahim gives a presentation about Sahan Journal at the Glen Nelson Center in Minneapolis in February 2019. (Photo: Evan Frost/MPR)

Ibrahim is leaving the organization to prioritize his family, he said in a post on its website. He plans to stay on until the outlet hires a new CEO. 

Sahan Journal, which covers immigrants and communities of color in Minnesota, won Current’s Local that Works contest in 2020.

Ibrahim founded the organization in 2019 and grew revenue from $608,000 in 2020 to $2.5 million in 2023. He previously worked for Minnesota Public Radio, which paid his salary for the first 18 months while he was starting up Sahan Journal.  

“I am proud of the remarkable success story that our dedicated staff has built,” Ibrahim wrote. “We have grown from a four-person newsroom to an amazing and talented team of 20, covering a wide range of essential topics and producing innovative multimedia content. We have built an equitable, transparent, and responsive work culture that supports the professional development and well-being of every staff member.”

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