About Umar Lee

Umar Lee has appeared on MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now, Russia Today, Press TV Iran, BBC Radio, Voice of America, St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Public Television, numerous local news broadcasts, and a number of radio programs. His work has been mentioned in the New York Times , Washington Post , St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Riverfront Times, among other publications. Umar Lee’s work has also been mentioned in a number of books including Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture by Hisham Abdi, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone by Scott Shane, Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison by Joshua Dubler, My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind—and Doubt Freed My Soul by Amir Ahmad Nasr, Global Salafism: Islam’s New Religious Movement by Roel Meijer, and others.

Umar Lee won a Brass Crescent award for the Rise and Fall of the Salafi Movement in America which was later turned into an e-book.

Freelance and Political Writing

Umar Lee's work has appeared in The Guardian, Politico, Quartz, The Nation and a variety of other publications. In addition to that Umar's work can be seen in the St. Louis American. He is a former columnist for the St. Louis Evening-Whirl and Arch City Chronicle.

Muslim Writing

Umar Lee has been published in Islamonline, OnIslam, The Muslim Observer, The Muslim Link, The Islamic Post, MQ Magazine, Loonwatch and other Muslim publications.


Umar Lee has authored two St. Louis-based crime-fiction novels:

Two Party Twelver and the Muslim Brothers

Dunya Dust

St. Louis Christmas (A short story in the St. Louis Noir anthology by Akashic Books)


Umar Lee is the co-founder of wreSTL. A non-profit designed to bring the sport of wrestling to youth from low-income families in St. Louis.

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