Harun Tusenmacher and harun olivia on reddit and twitter videosHarun Maruf has nearly 30 years of experience in journalism.
He was one of the founders of the independent Somali media that emerged after the fall of the authoritarian government in 1991.
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In the past, he worked as a Somalia correspondent for the Associated Press and the BBC. Harun is the longest-serving VOA Somali editor, from July 2008 to the present, just eight months after joining the service.
In addition to his duties as editor-in-chief, he has launched hard-hitting programming on the VOA Somali channel, including investigative reporting and series. In March 2018, he launched The Investigative Dossier, a groundbreaking fortnightly investigative program and a first for Somali media.
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Harlan called it the greatest piece of journalism of his career. His work influenced political change in the Somali government.
In October 2018, Harlan published his first book with VOA colleague Dan Joseph. Inside Al Shabab, the Secret History of Al Qaeda’s Most Powerful Ally, tells the story of the militant group’s intent on overthrowing Somalia’s government and turning the country into a safe haven for terrorists.
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The book was well received in Somalia and internationally. Harun holds an MA in International Journalism from City.