Omar Sacirbey- 2012 Journalism Fellow

Our Journalism Fellow, Omar Sacirbey, explores the challenges facing Muslim immigrants in the United States and their efforts to become a part of American society. Discover his work below!


  1. The Washington Post just published a new compelling story by Omar Sacirbey in which he focuses on the initiative of a Boston mosque to keep young Somali immigrants off the streets.
  2. Omar completed a fascinating article on the shortage of American-born imams who can effectively connect with American congregations, especially the youth. The story was originally published by Religion News Service and it was then quickly picked up by a number of other media, including The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.
  3. In April, Omar visited the Islamic Center of New England in Sharon, MA about 25 miles south of Boston, for a lesson on Islamic law, or Shariah, with some 200 Muslims in attendance, most of them immigrants.
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  5. Bio: Omar Sacirbey is a Boston-based correspondent for the US newswire Religion News Service. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Today, and other publications. Before working as a journalist, Omar Sacirbey was an advisor with the Bosnian Foreign Ministry, serving at the United Nations in New York, Sarajevo and The Hague. He holds Master's degrees from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
  6. Get more information about Omar and his work on our website. Visit us to learn more about our 2012 Journalism Fellows and our Journalism Program.