Profile

Jamaal Abdul-Alim
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Jamaal Abdul-Alim is a senior staff writer with Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Previously, he was a freelance journalist covering higher education and chess. His education articles have appeared in several national newspapers and magazines, including Education Week, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report. His chess articles have appeared in Chess Life, Chess Life Online, and worldchess.com. Abdul-Alim broke into the newspaper business as a crime reporter at the old Milwaukee Sentinel while completing his undergraduate studies in print journalism at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He is a former Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan and a former Spencer education journalism fellow at Columbia University. He has won several awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was named the 2013 Chess Journalist of the Year by Chess Journalists of America. He resides in Washington, D.C., and can occasionally be found playing chess at the tables in DuPont Circle.