Neima Abdulahi is an award-winning journalist and storyteller for Atlanta’s NBC news station 11Alive News. She was born in Somalia and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia.
Neima was nominated for an Emmy in 2018 and won a prestigious NABJ award for her coverage of the Black Lives Matter protests in 2017. She loves being a voice for the community and covering stories that impact the lives of everyday people.
Here’s how the NeimerDreamer brand started, which is the name of her website and social media handles. Neima had that nickname since she was in middle school, because her peers could see at a young age that she was a dream chaser. That’s how NeimerDreamer came to be. And over the years, she began to embrace it and integrate it into her professional and digital brand. She launched this website six years ago to primarily focus on her love for hip-hop music (album reviews, what’s trending, etc). And now, it’s expanded to reflect her entire brand.
Neima specializes in producing cultural content that focus on providing in-depth coverage of Atlanta’s minority communities. She has produced hip-hop documentary specials with sit down interviews with Gucci Mane, T.I., Killer Mike, Migos, Zaytoven, and so many others.
She recently launched the ‘ATL CULTURE’ digital series at her NBC station. The series explores why and how hip-hop is the thread that connects Atlanta, a city that dominates the genre as the reigning hip-hop mecca of the industry. ATL CULTURE covers topics connected to the thread that makes up the fabric of the culture – education, civil rights, justice, housing, socio-economics and so much more.
She joined the 11Alive/NBC news team in May 2016. Prior to that, she worked as a journalist for the FOX station in Charlotte. She is a graduate of Elon University in North Carolina with a major in broadcast journalism.
One of her proudest accomplishments is creating the Diaspora Dialogue conversation series. Through the series, she hosts panel discussions with notable African men and women in media and entertainment to shine a light on what it means to be a success story while holding on to your identity and impacting the community in positive ways. Neima embraces and celebrates her African roots – she was born in Somalia and also lived in Kenya before moving to the US.
Through the Diaspora Dialogue platform, Neima has donated all proceeds to non-profit organizations that provide resources to African communities, like UNICEF, The Clarkston Community Center, and Elman Peace.
To get in touch, reach out to her on social media – twitter/IG: @NeimerDreamer 🙂