Salim Muwakkil (born Alonzo James Cannady, January 20, 1947) is an American journalist based in Chicago. He is a senior editor at In These Times and an op-ed columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Muwakkil writes on African American issues, Middle East politics, and US foreign policy. Currently a Crime and Communities Media Fellow of the Open Society Institute, he also teaches a seminar on race, media, and politics for the Urban Studies Program of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.
Muwakkil attended Rutgers University and graduated with a BA in Political Science in 1973.
Shortly before his graduation, Muwakkil began his journalism career at the Associated Press in Newark, New Jersey as a reporter.
Muwakkil serves as board member for the Progressive Media Project and the Chicago-based Public Square. In the past he has been an adjunct professor at Columbia College; Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Other publications in which Muwakkil's work has appeared include The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Reader, The Progressive, Newsday, Cineaste, The Baltimore Sun, Z Magazine, Toronto Star, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Utne Reader.
Muwakkil has won several journalism awards including:
- 1994 Top Ten Media Heroes - Institute of Alternative Journalism
- 1997 Black Rose Achievement Award - League of Black Women
- 2001 Studs Terkel Award for Journalistic Excellence - Chicago-based Community Media Workshop
- 2004 Lillian Award for Excellence in Journalism - Delta Sigma Theta sorority