Salim Muwakkil

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Salim Muwakkil (born Alonzo James Cannady, January 20, 1947)[1] 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.[2]


In the 1960s, Muwakkil was a member of the US. Air Force stationed in Germany. He joined the Black Panther Party directly after his discharge.[3]

Shortly before his graduation, Muwakkil began his journalism career at the Associated Press in Newark, New Jersey as a reporter.

Later, he joined the Nation of Islam. He moved to Muhammad Speaks and its successor Bilalian News as a copy editor and then managing editor.He is now a former activist in that movement.[3]

After moving to Chicago, Muwakkil joined the staff at In These Times in 1983 and became a contributing writer to the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.[4]

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.[4]


He hosts "The Salim Muwakkil" show on WVON, Chicago's historic Black radio station.[3]


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.[citation needed]


Muwakkil has won several journalism awards[4] 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


  1. ^ Archived November 3, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Salim Muwakkil". 
  3. ^ a b c Muwakkil, Salim (8 June 2016). "A Former Nation of Islam Activist Looks Back on Muhammad Ali" – via In These Times. 
  4. ^ a b c [1]

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