Chicago Chapter

Chicago Chapter

Ray Hanania, The Arab Daily News online  newspaper

Tasneem Abuzir, Hyatt Magazine


Ray Hanania, Board member, NAAJA Founder

Ray HananiaRay Hanania is an award winning political columnist, author and standup comedian. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and for, and Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. He is a weekly columnist with the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers covering Chicagoland, Illinois and the Midwest.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

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Click here to visit this link to read Ray’s columns at the Arab News Newspaper.


IN MEMORIUM TO Mansour Tadros

Mansour Tadros, Chicago Chapter President

Mansour Tadros was the publisher of the English/Arabic newspaper The Future News newspaper which was published twice each month and circulates in Chicago and Illinois. Tadros launched the newspaper in 1999 and continued until his passing in March 2022.

Click to read a story about his passing as a result of COVID