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Itto Outini

Founding Editor Itto Outini is a journalist, writer, book coach, Fulbright Scholar, Steinbeck Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, public speaker, and author of the forthcoming memoir Blindness is the Light of My Life. She holds an MA in journalism and strategic media from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a BA in applied linguistics from Mohamed V University in Rabat, Morocco. 


Itto's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The North American ReviewThe Fulbright ChronicleThe Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. Organizations for which she has spoken include The United Nations, Cal Tech University, Verizon Wireless, and The International Trade Centre. In addition to writing and speaking, she offers a diverse suits of services tailored to writers, young professionals, and entrepreneurs. Check out her services and, to learn more, follow her LinkedIn newsletter

Image: Itto Outini working on a laptop


Natalie Shear

Elementary School Teacher

Prairie Heights Elementary

"Itto is probably the hardest worker that I have ever met. If she doesn't know it, she will figure it out. She is capable of handling many unique and difficult situations with grace. I definitely would recommend working with her, for her or hiring her for any writing job."

Bertrand Frot

Chief Information Officer

International Civil Aviation Organization

“Dedicated, clever, respecting deadlines, always ready to learn and to improve processes, it was a real pleasure to work with Itto."

Hudoykul Hafizov

Disability Inclusion Advisor

UNDP Uzbekistan

“Itto possesses remarkable communication skills. Her warmth, enthusiasm, and ability to engage with others are truly admirable. Itto's talent for storytelling allows her to effectively convey complex ideas in a relatable and accessible manner, making her a compelling communicator."





  • "From Homelessness in the Atlas Mountains to the UNDP Headquarters." Op-ed. UNDP's People for 2030 Blog Post. November 2021. ​


  • "Banking on a Myth." Co-authored with Mekiya Outini. Monograph. The DateKeepers. June 2023.

  • "Commentary: A Moroccan orphan finds the American Dream is also accessible." Op-ed. The Chicago Tribune. February 2020. 

Image by Nahil Naseer

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