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Jacob Kushner is a freelance journalist currently based in New York, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in political journalism from Columbia University.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.A. in journalism and Latin American studies. In 2007, he spent six months in the Dominican Republic conducting research that examined how the education system there reinforces societal prejudices toward Haitians. He recently spent two years reporting from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where his work focused on immigration and foreign investment including development aid. He speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Haitian Creole.
Jacob has worked for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, La Comunidad News in Madison, and the Daily Cardinal. His journalism has appeared in such media as the Associated Press, Newsweek, GlobalPost, Guernica, the Center for Public Integrity, California Watch, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, WLRN South Florida, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and the Nation, World Pulse Magazine, the New Internationalist, and JazzTimes Magazine.