Zahir Janmohamed is a journalist based in Portland, Oregon and the co-host of the award nominated podcast “The Racist Sandwich.”

He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, where he was the inaugural co-recipient of the Anne Cox Chambers fellowship for long-form journalism, as well as from the Mesa Refuge, the Djerassi Resident Arts Program, the Norman Mailer Center, and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. He is a three time alumnus of the VONA workshop for writers of color, a 2017 fiction fellow at Kundiman, and the recipient of the Katherine Bakeless Fiction Scholarship at Bread Loaf.

His articles have appeared in The New York TimesForeign Policy, Guernica, The Washington PostThe San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, CNN, The Boston Review, The GuardianScroll India, and many other publications. He is a regular contributor to The Economic Times. 

His media appearances include: NPR, CNN, BBC, CBC, Al Jazeera, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Fox News, Live Wire, The Dear Sugar Podcast, and others.

His podcast, The Racist Sandwich, explores the intersection between food, race, gender, and class. In 2017, it was nominated by the International Association of Culinary Professionals as one of the best podcasts. The podcast was also listed in Forbes and The New York Times as recommended podcasts.

Prior to beginning his writing career, he spent a decade working in politics. From 2006 to 2009, he worked as the Advocacy Director for Amnesty International where he managed the organization’s lobbying, public outreach, and media work on the Middle East and North Africa.  While at Amnesty International, he appeared on CNN, Fox News, BBC, NPR, and Al Jazeera. He has briefed senior officials at the White House and the State Department and authored numerous Congressional resolutions. In 2009, he was asked to testify before the US Congress about human rights abuses in the UAE. As a result, he was given an award by the UN for his commitment to human rights. After Amnesty International, Janmohamed served as a senior foreign policy aide to Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN).

Email him at or follow him on Twitter @zahirj