Ryan Katz

The World

Ryan Katz is a freelance radio reporter.

Ryan Katz is a freelance radio reporter and a producer for American Public Media. Ryan’s work has taken him from detention centers to gun shows, micro-apartments to Sikh temples. He’s filed for Marketplace, LatinoUSA, KUOW, and The World.

Mohammed Ahamed waits at a money-transfer business in Minneapolis to send money to his ex-wife in Somalia. About 40 percent of all Somali families rely on remittances from another country.

Somali Americans fight to save their lifeline of cash for relatives back home


It’s getting more complicated to send money to Somalia, and that’s a big deal in places like Minnesota where some Somali Americans have been wiring cash home for decades. Somali immigrants say the move is cutting off a vital lifeline — and may actually harm the fight against terror.