Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War he is the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, (1985, 2002, 2006, 2009) and the National Sigma Delta Chi Award. Hanania was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New America Media in November 2006.
Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.
Hanania also writes about Middle East issues for the Arab News, Middle East Monitor, and The Arab Daily News analyzing government policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict & Arab World. A critic of mainstream news media bias, Hanania advocates for peace & justice for Israel & Palestine, & the empowerment of Arabs in America.
“I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don’t pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story.”
What Editor & Publisher Magazine says about Ray Hanania: Dec. 28, 2006 — “Ray Hanania, a former Creators columnist who’s now self-syndicated, is a Palestinian-American writer married to a Jewish woman. He writes about Mideast issues in an evenhanded way that makes him seem positively radical in a sea of columnists who back Israel almost unconditionally. Hanania’s approach, as former President Jimmy Carter discovered with his latest book, is not popular with much of the mainstream media. But it would be interesting if U.S. dailies followed the lead of Israeli newspapers in allowing a much wider spectrum of debate about Mideast issues. By the way, Hanania is also a stand-up comedian who’s hilarious when he opts to use humor.”
Hanania launched a standup comedy career immediately after Sept 11, 2001 bringing together Palestinians and Israelis to promote peace and coexistence. He was immediately attacked by Palestinian fanatics, Arab comedians and Israeli extremists who all reject “normalization” and the performance of Palestinians and Israelis together on the same stage. Many Arab comedians only perform with Jews, and many Jewish comedians boycott Palestinians. In August 2002, Hanania was removed from a show at Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago by Jewish Comedian Jackie Mason. Click here to read about the incident.
The Ray Hanania Podcast is a weekly overview of all my opinion columns, my radio interviews, and my reports on Middle East topics and on Mainstream American politics.
My Middle East columns are published in the Arab News Newspaper, the Middle East Monitor online, and the Arab Daily News online.
My mainstream columns are published at SuburbanChicagoland.com and in seven newspapers in the Southwest region of Chicagoland including The Regional News, The Reporter, the Des Plaines Valley News, and the Southwest News-Herald.
This podcast also includes my radio show broadcasts in Detroit on the 2ndFriday of every month live on WNZK AM 690 and also live online…
It’s a lot of information and a lot of resources … You can get information on all of my writings and podcasts on my website at www.Hanania.com …
I hope you sit back and enjoy this latest podcast post.
All of this is archived at www.Hanania.com (TheDailyHookah.com)
Middle East columns (weekly)
ArabNews.com (also published in their print newspapers in Saudi Arabia, London and Pakistan with a newspaper coming soon to the US based in Washington DC)
MiddleEastMonitor.com which is based in London. This one has a huge following and the columns there get a lot of traction and shares.
TheArabDailyNews.com addresses Arabs and Muslims in America
Mainstream Columns (weekly)
Southwest News Newspaper (published in 8 newspapers including The Regional News, The Reporter Newspaper, the Des Plaines Valley News, the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper (75,000 weekly circulation mainly in the Southwest and west suburbs)
SuburbanChicagoland.com News and columns about Chicago’s suburbs, Northern Illinois and Illinois state issues (politics, entertainment, sports)
Arab American Radio (2 to 3 each month)
The Arab Street Radio Show WNZK AM 690 Greater Detroit. I host a live radio show in Detroit (which I do from Chicago) that runs one hour on the 2ndFriday of each month at 8 am EST Detroit time. With listener call-ins.
I also host other Friday mornings but not on a regular basis.
Arab American Podcast
All of the Radio shows, as well as occasional audio podcasts are published at TheArabStreet.org (Podbean is the host)
They are also all published at iTunes
I have three books I published which we can incorporate somehow as gifts
I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist (Humor book)
Arabs of Chicagoland (Arcadia Publishing, history of Arab settlement in Chicago)
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- March 4, 2019