Wajahat M. Ali finally has his own show.
It was a long time coming. Ali will soon join Al Jazeera's "The Stream" as a co-host.
Those who know Ali in passing may know him only for his work at Salon-- his witty, self-deprecating, insightful, humorous essays. Or, they might know him as the playwright behind the groundbreaking play on Muslim Americans, "The Domestic Crusaders". Or, perhaps they know him from his early writing work on his blog, Goatmilk.
Those who know him as a friend or colleague know much more. They know of his struggle as an out-of-work U.C. Davis Law School grad in the early years of the Great Recession. They know of the twenty-something American of Pakistani descent (he's now in his thirties) who worked relentlessly, and many times unpaid, to shape the Muslim-American narrative in the media. His work in the investigative report "Fear Inc." has been hailed by some as his best work, chronicling the money spend in the industry of Islamophobia.
Al Jazeera's "The Stream" is an interesting new concept. It allows viewers to take the mic, via social media.
The show will be broadcast from Washington D.C., hosted by Lisa Fletcher, an award winning journalist.
It's a one-of-kind show, now featuring a one-of-a-kind co-host.
From all of us at ILLUME-- Best of luck, Wajahat Ali! May The Force be with you!