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Cirien Saadeh is a journalist, educator, and doctoral student who works at the intersections of journalism, social movements, and sustainability. Saadeh is a justice-focused and innovative entrepreneur with a demonstrated record in community-oriented project management and community education programming and implementation. She is adept at issue writing and analysis, curriculum development, relationship-building, power analysis, and strategic project organizing.


Ph.D in Sustainability Education, Prescott College                                               2015-2019

Focus: Developing “journalism of color,” a pedagogical theory and community-based journalism curriculum which prioritizes developing new institutions and models for resilient community-based, community-owned journalism in communities of color and other marginalized communities

M.A. in Humanities (Justice, Activism, and Solidarity), Prescott College      2013-2015

Focus: Social movement development and community-based food system transformation

B.A in Political Science and Theology, St. Catherine University                        2008-2012


The UpTake, Project Lead                                                                        January 2017-June 2018

  • Lead legislative journalist and project organizer focused on developing more equity and community-centered coverage of the Minnesota State Legislature
  • Leading fundraising research including grant proposal preparation and community-based crowdfunding campaigns
  • Developing and implementing project strategic organizing plan and process analysis
  • Designing and executing journalism of color curriculum for a year-long community cohort training intersecting legislative journalism and community organizing

Freelance Journalist                                                                                January 2016 – Current

  • Published in the Twin Cities Daily Planet, The UpTake, The Nation, OkayAfrica, Feet in Two Worlds, the Associated Press, Quill (the official magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists), and other outlets across Minnesota and the nation
  • Pitches and publishes long-form journalism connecting policy and community organizing around food systems, economic development, policy creation, and affordable housing
  • Completes short-form political and/or breaking news journalism
  • Reports live out of press conferences, meetings, rallies, and other events.
  • Social media and digital editor

Journal of Sustainability Education., Assistant Editor             September 2015 – May 2019

  • Shepherds and edits potential academic articles, media reviews, and research abstracts
  • Edits, develops, and finalizes completed journal including most recent edition “Issue 11: Place, Learning, and Resilience” and an upcoming issue on regenerative agriculture
  • Developing a production manual for assistant editors and guest editors
  • Supports the Editor-in-Chief in organizational management and journal production as needed



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