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10/28/15- Top Muslim Achiever: Ash-har Quraishi

The wait is over! We are excited to unveil our three 2015 Top Muslim Achievers who will be recognized at the CIOGC’s 23rd Annual CommUnity Dinner. We are pleased to announce the winners:






 1) Dr. Mahmoud Ismail, Professor of Obstetrics/ Gynecology and Co-Director of the Perinatal Network at the University of Chicago. 

2) Asif Rahman, Deputy Commissioner at the City of Chicago Building Department.

3) Ash-Har Quraishi, an award winning TV Journalist, currently with Aljazeera-America. 

Each year during the Annual Dinner, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) recognizes Top Muslims Achievers of Chicagoland. The Top Muslim Achievers are professionals who have excelled in their respective fields and have either achieved great success and/or have been recognized for their excellence. Achievers are chosen from various fields including education, research, Islamic Studies, medicine, engineering, business, politics, social and public service. The total number of awards is limited to three this year.  The focus is primarily local, unless an individual has achieved national recognition. 

This week, we highlight the achievements of Ash-har Quraishi.

Ash-har Quraishi is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist, photographer and filmmaker with more than a decade of international, investigative and long-form reporting experience. He is currently the Chief Midwest Correspondent for Al Jazeera America based in Chicago. Previously he reported for WTTW’s flagship nightly news magazine show Chicago Tonight.

In 2011 he co-produced the award-winning documentary “Fordson” about the Arab-American experience in post 9/11 America. The film released in theaters nationwide and screened at the U.S. State Department. The acclaimed documentary premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and won major festival awards around the country.

His work has been honored with numerous awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association, Investigative Reporters & Editors, The Society of Professional Journalists, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Press Club of Atlantic City and the Chicago Headline Club. He has been awarded a CINE Golden Eagle Award, a Peter Lisagor Award, and four National Headliners and in 2010 was an IRE Award finalist. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner and has received five Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2004 Triangle Media Group named him one of the top 50 South Asian Global Achievers in Mass Media.

He is the son of Rajaullah Quraishi, a former CIOGC Executive Committee member.