Lorraine Ali

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Lorraine Ali
Born Los Angeles, California
Occupation Journalist
Language English
Nationality American
Notable awards Da Capo Best Music Writing
National Arab Journalists Excellence in Journalism Award

Lorraine Ali is an American journalist. Based in Los Angeles, California, she is a television critic at the Los Angeles Times, where she was previously a senior writer and music editor. Her work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, the New York Times , GQ and Newsweek , where she was a senior writer and music critic from 2000-2009. [1]

<i>Los Angeles Times</i> Daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California

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<i>Rolling Stone</i> American magazine focusing on popular culture, based in New York City

Rolling Stone is an American monthly magazine that focuses on popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Jann Wenner, who is still the magazine's publisher, and the music critic Ralph J. Gleason. It was first known for its musical coverage and for political reporting by Hunter S. Thompson. In the 1990s, the magazine shifted focus to a younger readership interested in youth-oriented television shows, film actors, and popular music. In recent years, it has resumed its traditional mix of content.

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Ali was born in Los Angeles California. Her father was an immigrant from Baghdad, Iraq and her mother a native Californian of French Canadian ancestry. [2] She began her career in the 1990s writing about local Los Angeles music artists for the LA Weekly before becoming a regular writer with the Los Angeles Times under the editorship of Robert Hilburn. Ali's work was included in Da Capo’s "Best Music Writing 2001." [3]

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Robert Hilburn is an American pop music critic, author, and radio host. As critic and music editor at the Los Angeles Times from 1970 to 2005, his reviews, essays and profiles appeared in publications around the world. Hilburn has since written a memoir and best-seilling biographies of Johnny Cash and Paul Simon. He was a member of the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for more than 20 years and lives in Los Angeles.

Ali was a senior critic for Rolling Stone and a music columnist for Mademoiselle . She has written for Esquire, SPIN, The Village Voice, Adweek, Entertainment Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar and Option. She wrote a car column for U.H.F in the 1990s before the alternative style magazine folded. Ali often appears as an expert voice on television. She has been interviewed on Oprah , Charlie Rose , CNN, BBC and other televised outlets discussing media, entertainment, culture, her relatives in Iraq and American-Muslim issues. [2]

<i>Mademoiselle</i> (magazine) womens fashion magazine

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<i>Esquire</i> (magazine) American mens magazine

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<i>Spin</i> (magazine) American music magazine

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Since the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Ali has published dozens of stories about her extended Iraqi family, the ensuing refugee crisis and the 2017 executive travel ban targeting Muslim-majority nations. She has also written about the portrayal of Muslims in American media, film and television. [4] [5]

Ali was awarded an East West Center fellowship in 2016, and a Hedgebrook fellowship in 2011. [1]

Her writing awards include Best Online Feature from the New York Association of Black Journalists in 2007, an Excellence in Journalism Award in 2002 from the National Arab Journalists Association. In 1996, she won Best National Feature Story honors at the Music Journalism Awards.

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