Isma'il Kushkush is a journalist who has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, CNN, the Associated Press (AP), Reuters, Guernica Magazine, Quartz Africa, Voice of America and Al Jazeera English.
He was based in Khartoum, Sudan, for eight years, and for two three-month periods in 2014 and again in 2015, he was acting bureau chief for The New York Times in East Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has covered political, economic, social and cultural stories from Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Burundi, Sweden, Israel the Palestinian territories and the United States.
He received a bachelors of arts degree in history and international relations from the University of California, Davis, with a focus on Africa and the Middle East and a master of arts degree in journalism from Columbia Journalism School in New York with a focus on politics and global affairs. He was a Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation Fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; an Ida B. Wells Fellowship recipient with Type Investigations; a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grant recipient; a Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace recipient; an ICFJ-UN Foundation fellow and an Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholar Award recipient.