Lorraine Ali is a television and media critic at the Los Angeles Times who writes about culture through the lens of media and entertainment. Ali was formerly a senior culture writer with Newsweek and a senior critic at Rolling Stone. Ali, who is the daughter of an Iraqi immigrant, has written extensively about Muslim and Arab American issues and how these communities are covered and represented in film and television. She’s also covered the Iraqi refugee crisis through the experiences of displaced family members.
A native Angeleno, Ali began her career in the 1990s about music and became a nationally recognized pop, rock and hip hop writer. She wrote for GQ, SPIN and became a senior critic with Rolling Stone before joining Newsweek in 2000 and then the L.A. Times in 2011.
Ali’s work has won numerous awards including Best Online Feature from the New York Association of Black Journalists and an Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Arab Journalists Association n her work has appeared in the Da Capo “Best Music Writing” series. She’s appeared on Oprah, Charlie Rose, CNN, BBC and other televised outlets as an expert on media, entertainment, Iraq, Arab and American-Muslim issues. Ali was awarded an East West Center fellowship in 2016 and a Hedgebrook fellowship in 2011.