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Wesley Lowery’s new book gives valuable insight on Black Lives Matter movement

Wesley Lowery Photo credit: Twitter — @WesleyLowery

Wesley Lowery Photo credit: Twitter — @WesleyLowery

Wesley Lowery
National Reporter
The Washington Post

Ohio University, B.S.

Wesley Lowery didn’t mean to become a part of the story when he set out to report on protests in Ferguson, Missouri following the police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. That is, however, exactly what happened when he was arrested while charging his phone and tweeting in a nearby McDonald’s. Two years, one Pulitzer and 400,000 followers later, the Washington Post reporter is preparing for the release of his book, They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement.

“On August 11, 2014, I landed in Ferguson, Missouri for the first time to report on the death of Michael Brown, which had already sparked days of angry protests and nights of frightening violence. At most, I figured then, I’d spend about two or three days reporting the story. It’s been two years now. Protests have spread throughout the nation. And still the story isn’t done being told,’ Lowery said in an article for TIME.

The Path

In college, Lowery landed prestigious interns at the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. There were also a few filings for a startup website called The Loop. He worked for a year at the Boston Globe before heading to the Washington Post.

Here’s what his boss at the Boston Globe, deputy managing editor Jennifer Peter wrote to staff when Lowery left the Globe to join the Post:

“It is with heavy heart (and no shortage of ill-will for our former editor) that I report that Wesley Lowery, who has yet to unpack all his bags from Los Angeles, will be leaving the Globe to take a congressional reporting position at The Washington Post. In his scant nine months here, Wes has had a huge impact, immersing himself in the non-stop series of news stories that have occurred since his arrival.”

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