Iliana is a journalist.

She is a news producer for CBSN's morning show and the Foreign Desk. At BBC, she produced several experimental shorts for the English, Arabic, and Persian services. She freelanced for a bit, for publications such as POLITICO, Teen Vogue, Elle Magazine, and worked with ProPublica's Electionland.

As a Somali-American, she was compelled to write when the Sudan revolution was underway, and her feature in Elle Magazine about a Facebook group that began to catch cheating men which exposed violent officers was an Apple News Spotlight story, being optioned for film. She loves traveling, having spent time in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She is a Gwen Ifill mentorship fellow with the International Women’s in Media Foundation.

A lover of complexity above duality, she is currently working on her first feature documentary about Eritrean musicians in exile, where she uses rare archival footage and musical scenes to visualize war and trauma without relying on typical images of affliction.

**That's  her grandpa framed  in the back of the photo, the Mark Twain impersonator. 

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