February 24, 2008
VOA’s New Somali Section
show details 12/2/06
Dear Mr. Mengesh,
I have heard the news that you are heading the selection process to interview and hire reporters, producers and broadcasters for the upcoming new “VOA’s Somali Language Section”.
I have also head that you visited Minnesota State early this fall to meet potential candidates. Unfortunately, I was in DC. at the time of your visit. However, I’m interested if the opportunity still exist to participate the process.
Would you please let me know if I still have the chance to apply? If not, I appreciate your time and I would like to be in your email roster if and when a new position is open.
If I tell you a little bit about myself. I’m Somali from Hargeisa, Somaliland and lived in the US for the past 15 years.
I’m also educated and work for the largest county in Minnesota and manage a large diverse department.
In the past ten years, I have worked with local community Radio, Newspapers and TV. Until recently, I was the Editor of the largest African Newspaper in Minnesota called The African News Journal. Please visit the papers website ( www.anjnews.com).
I was a member of the KFAI community radio program committee in Minneapolis for several years and I’m working with the Program Director now to develop community specific programs that target the immigrants and refugees.
I also contribute to several Somali websites and newspapers published in Somaliland.
If/when needed I will share more in detail.
Again, Thanks for taking the time to read this email and I’m looking forward hearing from you.