Faiza Mahamud | Star Tribune
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 School District wins an appellate court ruling on a wrongful termination case

Former teacher had filed a whistleblower lawsuit.


Revamped strategic plan for Minneapolis schools targets racial inequities

Superintendent Ed Graff shifts priorities while also seeking to delay the board's final vote on the plan from December to April.


Lawsuit: Lakeville school's failure to treat student's asthma led to brain damage

The district denies responsibility for the student's injuries.


A day of firsts marks opening day for Minnesota schools

The emphasis was on the new: New shoes. New start times. New principals. New clothes — even uniforms pulled together at the last minute.


Mpls. student's unique graduation speech reverberates locally, outside U.S.

Ahmed Ali has given interviews to media outlets across the world and has spoken at several back-to-school kickoff events, where he urged teachers to learn from students with disabilities.


Minneapolis School District enrollment continues to decline

Nearly 1,500, mostly students of color, left the district last year.


Early homecoming for Minnehaha Academy students, staff who were displaced by deadly blast

Two years after deadly blast, Minnehaha Academy celebrates its new upper campus.


Minnesota students to build solar suitcases to light up classrooms in Kenya's refugee camp

The program will teach STEM education, environmental action and global issues.


Jeffery McMillan, longtime youth sports referee and mentor, dies at 60

Jeffery McMillan briefly relished the life of a local celebrity, whether it was modeling for Target or making shots on a school’s basketball court. Standing…


Minneapolis offering free vaccines for kids ahead of school

All metro children are urged to get measles shot before classes resume.