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.


Somali group pushes to end state's health care disparities

COVID-19 has hit elders in Minnesota's Somali community especially hard — and racial inequities have led to mistreatment and inadequate care, a local group says.


Yussur Barkhad, an Afro Deli cook and Somali refugee, dies of COVID-19 at 63

Punctual and stoic, she was a devout Muslim and a humanitarian, those who knew her said.


State recognizes select Minnesota schools, districts for work supporting positive student behavior

Research shows students of color and students with special needs are suspended more often than others.


How Minneapolis might reshape its school district

Minneapolis has released five proposals to shift schools and students around the district.


Mpls. parents pepper district leaders about proposed school changes

Mpls. parents get first look at plans to eliminate racial disparities in district.


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.