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Reporting on Race in America

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reporting on race in america

Thursday, April 7, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
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George Polk Award winning journalists share insight on covering the racial divide in the United States through investigative reporting on the deadly use of force by police and the resegregation of America's public schools.


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Wesley Lowery, national reporter,The Washington Post

Wesley Lowery is a national reporter who covers law enforcement, justice, race and politics. He previously covered Congress and national politics. Prior to joining the Washington Post in February 2014, he worked as a breaking news and local politics reporter for the Boston Globe, and has also reported for the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal. In 2014, he was named the National Association of Black Journalists' "Emerging Journalist of the Year." Follow him on Twitter @WesleyLowery.



Nikole Hannah-Jones, investigative reporter, The New York Times Magazine

Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. Nikole has spent the last four years investigating the way racial segregation in housing and schools is maintained through official action and policy. She has written extensively about school resegregation across the country and the utter disarray of hundreds of school desegregation orders. She has also chronicled the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act and wrote one of the most widely read analyses of the racial implications of the controversial Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action Supreme Court case.

Nikole was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists and was also named to The Root 100. Her reporting has won several national awards, including the George Polk Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, and the Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, and was a finalist for the National Magazine Award.

Before joining The New York Times, her reporting was also featured in ProPublica, The Atlantic Magazine, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, The Week Magazine, Grist, Politico Magazine and on Face the Nation, This American Life, NPR, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now and radio stations across the country. Nikole continues to investigate the policies and politics that maintain segregation.  She is always looking for stories and is particularly interested in talking with sources about school segregation and tracking.



Jamie Kalven, writer and human rights activist

Jamie Kalven is a writer and human rights activist who has reported extensively on police abuses in Chicago.  His work has appeared in a variety of publications; among them, Slate, the Nation, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Reader.  In recent years, he has reported extensively on patterns of police abuse and impunity in Chicago.

Since the early 1990s, Kalven has had a parallel career working in inner city Chicago neighborhoods.  He has served as consultant to the resident council of the Stateway Gardens public housing development and currently serves as consultant to the residents of the Henry Horner Homes. At Stateway Gardens, he created a program of “grassroots public works” aimed at creating alternatives for ex-offenders and gang members.  And he worked to develop human rights monitoring strategies; among them, an online publication called The View From The Ground

While immersed in public housing, Kalven extended assistance to other reporters, providing background and access to sources. This aspect of his work was described in a segment of the NPR program On the Media titled “Man on the Street.”


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charlayne Hunter-Gault: moderator, journalist and author

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years in the industry, extending her work at various times to all media. A trailblazer in her own right, she is the author of four books — the most recent, Corrective Rape, a book about violence against gay women in South Africa, soon to be published by Agate e book and To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement, a historical narrative for young readers grade nine through young adult published in 2012 by The New York Times and Roaring Brook Press; paperback in 2013 by Squarefish. Her other two books are New News Out of Africa: Uncovering the African Renaissance, Oxford University Press and In My Place, a memoir of the Civil Rights Movement, fashioned around her experiences as the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia, published by Farrar Strauss and Giroux and in paperback by Vintage Press.

In 2014, she received the International Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum at the historic Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. In 2015, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Washington Press Club Foundation. Hunter-Gault is a sought-after public speaker, holds more than three dozen honorary degrees, is on the board of The Committee to Protect Journalists, the Carter Center, the Peabody Board and Digital Promise Global. She is vice president of the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation, established by Camille Cosby in honor of her mother.


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