Jacob Kushner is an investigative journalist with experience in East/Central Africa and the Caribbean. He reports on development economics and inequality, foreign aid and investment, governance and innovation in developing nations, and immigration.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jacob graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.A. in journalism and Latin American studies. He spent two years reporting from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where his work focused on immigration, politics and post-earthquake aid.
In 2013 Jacob received an M.A. in political journalism from Columbia University in New York. There, he investigated Chinese engagement in Africa and authored an award-winning eBook, China’s Congo Plan. Jacob was a 2013 Overseas Press Club Fellow for the Associated Press in Nairobi, during which time he covered the Westgate Mall terrorist attack for the agency. He speaks fluent Spanish, conversational Haitian Creole and basic French.
Jacob’s journalism has appeared in The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, VICE, OZY, WIRED, the Associated Press, the L.A. Times, Newsweek, The American Interest, Guernica Magazine, Moment Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, the Center for Public Integrity, and JazzTimes Magazine. Several of his investigations have been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.