Reporter | Minneapolis Public Schools

Faiza Mahamud is an education reporter covering Minneapolis Public Schools, the state's third-largest school district. Previously, she was a reporter and associate editor at Mshale, the largest African community newspaper in Minnesota. Since joining the Star Tribune, Mahamud has covered immigrant communities, city government and neighborhoods. 

Mahamud graduated from Augsburg University in Minneapolis with a bachelor's degree in journalism and women's studies and a minor in chemistry. She also received extensive journalism training from United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, where she worked as a student radio reporter. Currently, Mahamud is pursuing a master's degree at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is passionate about domestic and foreign affairs and enjoys interacting with people from different cultures and religious backgrounds.


Minneapolis schools unveil five options for major makeover

Minneapolis schools look at five options, some sweeping, in latest push to close nagging achievement gap.


Outpouring of support from community saves North Side music school

Over the years, Hopewell Music has developed the talents of thousands of students.


Minnesota students not getting all info on dual-credit opportunities

Of the 95 state school districts studied by the Center for School Change, 97% failed to provide current information about the Postsecondary Enrollment Options program.


Emotions run high as parents pack Minneapolis school board meeting

Though the strategic plan was not on the agenda, parents and others concerned about the proposed changes spoke out passionately during the public comment portion of the meeting.


Edison's 'Mr. Holland' breathes life into dying music program

Over the years, Lesley Earles has worked to pull in community support while tapping into students' interests.


Mpls. schools back in big budget hole, with $19.6M deficit for 2020-21

District officials point to declining enrollment and revenue that hasn't kept up with inflation and rising costs.


Minn. schools rethink shooter drills as parents worry about trauma

School shootings elsewhere prompt parental concerns about emergency plans.


Minneapolis high-rise fire victims linked in life and death

The five people who perished in the Nov. 27 blaze at Cedar High Apartments will forever be linked by the tragedy. Yet their lives, as well as their deaths, share a common thread.


Grieving relatives of Minneapolis high-rise fire victims come together

Religious and community organizations raised $94,000 in the week since the blaze. But organizers say more is needed to help fire victims.


For survivor of Mpls. high-rise fire, 'My time hasn't ended yet'

Initially pronounced dead, Salad Samatar is making a slow recovery.