Razi Jafri | Stateside Production Assistant

Razi is a Hamtramck-based journalist and documentary producer, photographer and filmmaker. He is a passionate storyteller whose work focuses on ethnicity, religion, culture, immigration, democracy, and the changing cultural landscape in America. His current projects include a documentary film called Hamtramck, USA, which examines the benefits, tensions and complexities of multiculturalism and diversity through the lens of Hamtramck’s 2017 municipal elections.  Another film he is producing called Loyalty, follows the stories of three Muslim chaplains in the US armed forces. He is also working on a long term photography exhibit project called, Halal Metropolis, which examines Muslim visibility in southeast michigan through commerce, design, art, culture, food, muslim and architecture.

Razi is a former engineer, who decided to quit his job a few years ago to pursue more meaningful work through journalism, photography, film, art, design, entrepreneurship and other social impact projects.

He was previously a fellow in the Documenting Detroit Fellowship in documentary photography and photojournalism. Most recently he was named a member of the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrants Artists (NYFA) Fellowship Program.  He is also currently serving as a mentor in Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Docs fellowship.

Dustin Dwyer | Reporter / Producer

Dustin Dwyer reports enterprise and long-form stories from Michigan Radio’s West Michigan bureau. He was a fellow in the class of 2018 at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. He’s been with Michigan Radio since 2004, when he started as an intern in the newsroom. He left the station in 2010-2011 to be a stay at home dad, and returned to be part of the Changing Gears project, a collaboration between Michigan Radio, Ideastream in Cleveland and WBEZ in Chicago. From 2012 – 2017, he was part of the team for State of Opportunity, and produced several radio documentaries on kids and families in Michigan. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife and three kids.

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