Meet Ubah Ali: The Twin Cities’ First Somali-American TV Reporter

Meet Ubah Ali: The Twin Cities’ First Somali-American TV Reporter
Minnesota, home to the largest Somali population outside of Somalia, celebrates a milestone with Ubah Ali becoming the first Somali-American TV reporter in the Twin Cities. Ali has joined WCCO-TV, marking a significant step for representation in local media.

Born in Somalia and raised in Rochester, Minnesota, Ali’s journey to journalism began with a curiosity and passion for storytelling. Despite initial skepticism from her family about pursuing a career in a field with little representation, Ali was determined to follow her dream. After attending St. Cloud State University, she honed her skills with an internship at WCCO in 2017. Her career later took her to TMJ4 News in Milwaukee, where she worked for over two years before returning to Minnesota in April.

Ali’s commitment to journalism stems from a deep desire to amplify underrepresented voices. “It’s important to have Somali representation on air, especially in the Twin Cities,” she says. “It helps bring more stories from the Somali community and the broader Muslim community into the spotlight.”

As a general assignment reporter, Ali is excited to cover a wide range of stories, aiming to provide a platform for those who otherwise might go unheard. Her work is not just a personal achievement but a significant step towards more inclusive media representation.

“I’m thrilled to be back at WCCO and closer to family,” Ali shares. “Every day is a pinch-me moment. I’m grateful for the opportunity to do what I’ve always dreamed of.”

With Ali on the team, WCCO-TV is not just adding a talented journalist but also taking a step forward in reflecting the diverse community it serves.

By somaliptv