About


Malaka Gharib is a writer, journalist and cartoonist. She is the author of "I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir," winner of the 2020 Arab American Book Award. The memoir chronicles her life and identity as a Filipino Egyptian American. It was named one of the best books of the year by NPR, The Washington Post, Kirkus Reviews and The New York Public Library. 

By day, she works on NPR's science desk, reporting on global health and development topics such as humanitarian aid and gender and income inequality. She also writes for NPR on her experience as the child of immigrants, from talking to her Filipino mom about mental health to hosting an Eid feast for her Muslim father

Her comics, zines and writing have been published in NPR, Catapult, The Seventh Wave Magazine, The NibSaveur Magazine, It's Nice That, Lucky Peach, The Washington City Paper, Nashville Scene, The Believer Magazine and The New Yorker.

She has been featured in The Washington Post, NPR, The New York Times and The New York Times Style Magazine. 

Gharib is the co-founder of the D.C. Art Book Fair and The Runcible Spoon, a zine about food and fantasy. She graduated from Syracuse University with a dual major in magazine journalism and marketing. 

Photo credit: Andrew Castro