Media Studies and English
University of California, Berkeley
MSA West and Muslim Women Giving Circle
Aliyah decided she wanted to be a journalist when she was 11-years-old, when she realized there was a decided lack of Muslim representation in the media shortly after 9/11. At De Anza College, Aliyah started off as a reporter for La Voz Weekly before quickly becoming Deputy Editor and then Managing Editor of the paper. She was also involved in organizing with Students for Justice, the MSA and other campus organizations. Aliyah was a Media Relations Intern at CAIR for two summers– a counselor to students attending the Muslim Youth Leadership Program in Sacramento each year–as well as interning at the Post Papers and NBC Bay Area. As a student at U.C. Berkeley she wrote for the Daily Californian as a General Assignment reporter on a wide range of subjects, while free lancing for other news organizations.
She has worked as a news reporter for the last seven years at various campus and community newspapers covering both campus and city news as well the local impact of national and international events. Aliyah is also a huge soccer fan, and dreams of one day seeing a Manchester United match at Old Trafford Stadium. Aliyah is a an outspoken proponent of women’s rights, civil rights, justice in minority communities, and in particular advocating for a shift to fair trade products to abolish modern day slavery.
Areas of interest
- Journalism and Writing