is an investigative fellow at The Texas Tribune. She is currently completing her final semester at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is studying journalism and business. This past summer, Ala'a was one of 25 Fellows at NBCUniversal, where she worked on the TODAY Show's original video team. She has also interned at NBCUniversal's Meet the Press, KUT 90.5, KXAN-TV's Investigative Unit and Revelator, a local production company. During the 2016-2017 year, Ala'a served as president of UT Austin’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. In the little free time that Ala’a has, she enjoys improv theater, coffee, and all things hip-hop.
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