Malak Habbak is an Egyptian-American multimedia journalist born and raised in Southern California and currently working at The Intercept. Over the past years, she has worked for print publications and broadcast organizations, including Capital Public Radio and Al Jazeera English.
As a freelance journalist in Southern California, she produced a photo essay on the Los Angeles Women’s March and Pasadena Rally for the Pasadena Independent, wrote a feature story about a physician who dedicates his life to street performance for Monrovia Weekly, and covered local news as a city council beat reporter for Arcadia Weekly.
Malak has also worked on long-form pieces on topics relating to criminal justice, immigration, and education. One of her magazine articles explored Los Angeles’s shift to treating children exposed to commercial sexual exploitation as victims instead of criminals. Another article shared stories of undocumented day laborers in the nation’s “wage theft capital” and examined why employers are able to get away with violating wage laws.
In collaboration with Capital Public Radio, Malak helped research and launch the station’s first digital series, “A Year At Encina,” exploring challenges, culture, and resilience in suburban Sacramento. Malak also produced a photo essay on an Iraqi teenager whose life changed while learning English at Encina Preparatory High School.
During her university years, Malak covered the education beat for The Poly Post, reporting on topics that ranged from campus policies, protests, and elections to research grants and budget cuts for a readership of 20,000 students and staff.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and an emphasis on Journalism from Cal Poly Pomona in 2016. Malak was recognized by her department with an Outstanding Graduating Student Award and by the university library for Best Undergraduate Student Project for a research paper on National Public Radio’s efforts to innovate and stay socially relevant in the face of changing technology and new media. In her free time, Malak enjoys the outdoors, running cross-country, reading, painting, photography, and travel.