Bashirah Mack

Bashirah Mack

Class of 2022

Bashirah Mack is an emerging documentary filmmaker and visual storyteller. She is currently in production working on her thesis film.

At the J-School, Bashirah is honing her visual storytelling skills from conception to post-production. She has research and fact-checking skills, has supported multimedia production in public media newsrooms, excelled as a field producer, and is also an Investigative Reporting Program fellow.

Bashirah’s work has appeared in Oakland North, WBEZ Chicago Public Media, WYPR Baltimore Public Radio, City Bureau, Chicago Defender, and South Side Weekly. She has also received nominations for her collaboration on investigative stories from the Chicago Headline Club.

An Atlanta native, Bashirah received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola University Chicago.


  • UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism: Master of Journalism, Expected 2022

  • UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute: Digital Media Skills Certificate, 2019

  • Loyola University Chicago: Bachelor of Arts, 2008


  • Marlon T. Riggs Fellowship in Documentary Filmmaking, 2021-2022

  • Islamic Scholarship Fund, 2021-2022

  • Mechanism Ventures African-American Journalism Scholarship, 2021

  • Dean’s Merit Fellowship, 2020-2022

  • American Association of University Women Career Development Grant, 2019-2020

  • Peter Lisagor Award finalist for Best Public Affairs Programming, contributed to reporting, photography, and audio editing for WBEZ Chicago Public Media's “Curious City: How Pollution Seeped into the Lives of East Chicago Residents,” 2018

  • U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, 2006-2007

  • AmeriCorps Certificate of National Service, 2005


  • National Association of Black Journalists

  • Investigative Reporters & Editors Member