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Amal Ahmed

Journalist

Evanston, IL/ Dallas Texas

Amal Ahmed

Student journalist with an interest in environmental and energy reporting

Editor in Chief of Al Bayan Magazine at Northwestern University

Misplaced Texan and Pie Enthusiast

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Bathroom Bill: Imagined Fears Versus Possible Discrimination

Senate takes testimony on controversial gender-designated bathroom restrictions. Dozens of transgender people and parents of transgender children testified Friday, often emotionally, that Senate Bill 3, or the bathroom bill, was discriminatory and would expose them to violence at a public hearing on Friday.
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Climate Change to Bring Rising Energy Costs

Low-income Texans are particularly at risk for negative economic impacts. It’s been another hot year in Texas. Back in May, before the year was even half over, the Austin-American Statesman made the call that 2017 would be the hottest year on record for the state. According to records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Texas had an unusually warm winter, which gave way to above-average temperatures so far this summer.
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Vox Populi at the Legislature

A group of school children in bright orange shirts lined up outside the Capitol on Tuesday morning, before the sweltering afternoon heat and the protests peaked. “We won’t be able to go into the galleries because the special session just started,” an apologetic tour guide told one of the parent volunteers. I asked another parent if she knew about the special session and the planned rallies— she looked back at me blankly for a second.
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A Texas Company Wants to Spread Wind Power Across the U.S.

Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners has grand plans for national expansion. Clean Line Energy Partners, much like myriad other companies based in Houston, is jockeying for the opportunity to provide energy to the rest of the country. “If you have gas in one area, you put it in a pipeline and ship it to where it’s needed,” says Sarah Bray, the Vice President of Communications at the company.
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The Forgotten History of Climate Change

We tend to think of climate change as a new phenomenon. But looking back in Earth's history reveals clues about what our future might look like as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise.
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Caltech researchers find potential evidence of undiscovered planet

In a far-off section of the solar system, where the light of the sun is 18,000 times dimmer than it is on Earth, an undiscovered planet might exist. Michael Brown and Konstantin Batygin, professors of planetary astronomy and planetary science at the California Institute of Technology, recently published a paper in the Astronomical Journal claiming that they found evidence of a large planet located about 250 times as far from the sun as Earth.
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Ask NBN Episode 1: How many bananas do we eat at NU, and where do they come from?

The first episode of a podcast I created and launched with NBN. Every week, we answer random questions about life at Northwestern.
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Al Bayan

Al Bayan is the Muslim cultural Student Association's annual print magazine. In every issue, we reexamine and re-frame the Muslim American experience, telling our stories from our perspectives.
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Details emerge about Northwestern's investments in companies targeted by NU Divest

When NU Divest’s resolution narrowly passed ASG last February, few details were publicly available about Northwestern’s financial investments in Caterpillar, G4S, Lockheed Martin, Hewlett-Packard, Boeing and Elbit Systems. The divestment campaign specifically mentioned the six corporations due to their alleged human rights violations in Palestine. In a recent interview, Northwestern's Chief Investment Officer William McLean said the University holds direct investments in two of the companies listed in the resolution, although he declined to name the specific companies.
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NU students stand in solidarity with Mizzou

Approximately 150 to 200 students attended NU's solidarity event. At the gathering, black students spoke about their experiences at Northwestern, voicing the pain they feel from national headlines and events, such as those that transpired at Mizzou and Ferguson – and the apathy that often follows from university administrators and fellow students.
North by Northwestern Link to Story
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Your move, Colbert: keeping the momentum going for a fossil-free NU

Could Stephen Colbert convince Northwestern to divest its holdings in coal companies?
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Madame President

Hillary Clinton wants to break the nation's highest glass ceiling- but what's at stake for college students?
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About

Amal Ahmed

I'm currently a student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, pursuing minors in environmental policy and Middle East and North African studies.

I have always loved writing, and as a journalist I love telling people's stories. I love learning new things and meeting people I never would have crossed paths with otherwise.

Currently, I'm a writer and editor for North by Northwestern's website. It's an award-winning, student-run publication which covers all aspects of campus life. I'm also an editor, writer and illustrator for Al Bayan Magazine, the Muslim Student Association's award-winning print magazine.

In the past, I've also written for the Dallas Morning News as a Student Voices columnist, and I spent a year on my high school's newspaper staff. I've even dabbled in coding, and I know enough HTML and CSS to get by.

For more information about my work experience and skills, you can download my resume or visit my LinkedIn profile.

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Skills

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Reporting, Writing
  • Transcribing
  • Copy Editing
  • Video Editing
  • Photo Editing
  • Microsoft Office
  • Organization
  • HTML/CSS
  • podcasting
  • Infographics