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Joi-Marie McKenzie Entertainment and Lifestyle Writer ABCNews.com Columbia University, M.S. University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. Joi-Marie McKenzie has an impressive position as an entertainment and lifestyle writer for ABC; however, the media company and brand she built before her tenure at ABC is likely more recognizable than her byline. The Fab Empire website covers events…

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Janelle Richards Producer Nightly News with Lester Holt/NBC News Columbia University, M.S. Spelman College, B.A. As a producer for Nightly News with Lester Holt, Janelle Richards has covered the most compelling stories of the last few years, including the Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore, the Charleston church shooting, and the Amtrak train derailment. Her work has…

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Emmy Victor Morning Live Reporter WRAL Howard University, B.A. Emmy Victor begins a new position as a morning live reporter for WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina later this month, and she is one of our journalists to watch. This summer, she unexpectedly became a news story herself. While covering a police shooting for KCCI 8…

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Abby Phillip National Political Reporter The Washington Post Harvard University, B.A. Abby Phillip is a national political reporter for the Washington Post. During the 2016 election, Phillip is focused on the Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. Before joining the Post’s political beat, Phillip was a general assignment reporter there. Phillip gained considerable experience covering…

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Terrell J. Starr Political Correspondent Fusion University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.S. Philander Smith College, B.A. Terrell J. Starr is Fusion’s political correspondent covering the 2016 campaign, as well as Russian and U.S. politics, women’s issues and race. His journalism experience includes public radio, social media, magazines, photography and online reporting. Starr is an introspective…

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Sam Sanders Co-host, NPR Politics Podcast General Assignment Reporter News Desk Weekend Duty Reporter NPR Harvard University, M.P.P. University of the Incarnate Word, B.A. Sam Sanders has to be one of the hardest working reporters on the campaign trail. Seriously, he has three jobs. His NPR bio reads in part, “As a key member of…

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Taylor Rooks Anchor and Reporter SportsNet New York Sideline Reporter CBS Sports Network University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Taylor Rooks has just joined SportsNet New York as an anchor and reporter. She will also be a sideline reporter for CBS Sports Network. Previously, Rooks was an on-air host, reporter, and correspondent for the Big Ten…

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Zain Asher Anchor CNN Columbia University, M.S. University of Oxford, B.A. Zain Asher is an anchor for CNN International based at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta. Asher has traveled the globe covering stories, including reporting from the field in Nigeria on the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants, and from Boston after…

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Shani Hilton Head of U.S. News BuzzFeed News Howard University, B.A. Shani Hilton graduated from Howard University a decade ago. That is all the time she needed to become the head of BuzzFeed News, managing a newsroom of more than 150 reporters and editors based in the U.S. Hilton’s employees reportedly refer to her as “queen.”…

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Saeed Jones Executive Editor, Culture BuzzFeed Rutgers University, M.F.A. Western Kentucky University, B.A. Saeed Jones is everything: a Pushcart Prize-winning poet, a provocative writer, and a prolific tweeter. He is also BuzzFeed’s executive editor for culture and as his Twitter handle makes clear, he is also “the ferocity.” His humor is sublime. His passion palpable. Jones…

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Lauren Williams Managing Editor Vox.com Syracuse University, M.A. University of Virginia, B.A. Lauren Williams is the managing editor of Vox.com. Though only a few years old, the general interest news site, which “explains the news,” has become a leading destination to find out what’s happening in politics, public policy, world affairs, pop culture, science, and…

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Elaine Welteroth Editor Teen Vogue California State University-Sacramento Elaine Welteroth has been named the editor of Teen Vogue. As a young woman herself, Welteroth intends to meet her young, digitally connected readers where they are. She also hopes to increase the diversity of its audience. She took a step in that direction with an article she…

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Errol Barnett Washington Correspondent CBS News University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. Santa Monica College, A.A. Errol Barnett recently joined CBS as a correspondent and television anchor. Prior to joining the network, he was an anchor and correspondent for CNN International in Atlanta, Georgia. For a time, he was based out of Johannesburg, South Africa…

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Vann R. Newkirk II Staff Writer The Atlantic University of North Carolina, M.S. Morehouse College, B.S. Vann R. Newkirk II focuses his writing on politics, race, and health policy (but also dabbles in sports and culture). His work is both provocative and innovative. Recently, while reporting on the infamous Tuskegee Study, he asked black people…

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On Sept. 7, 2016, the Louisiana Supreme Court will hear the capital appeal of 25-year-old Rodricus Crawford. I spent three months investigating his case, interviewing 10 people, including the district attorney and Crawford’s appellate attorney, as well as reading all of the appellate briefs and expert affidavits. I concluded Crawford was railroaded. At every turn…

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On Sept. 7, 2016, the Louisiana Supreme Court will hear the capital appeal of 25-year-old Rodricus Crawford. I spent three months investigating his case, interviewing 10 people, including the district attorney and Crawford’s appellate attorney, as well as reading all of the appellate briefs and expert affidavits. I concluded Crawford was railroaded. At every turn…

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On September 7, 2016, the Louisiana Supreme Court will hear the capital appeal of 25-year-old Rodricus Crawford. I spent three months investigating his case, interviewing 10 people, including the district attorney and Crawford’s appellate attorney, as well as reading all of the appellate briefs and expert affidavits. I concluded Crawford was railroaded. At every turn…

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On Sept. 7, 2016, the Louisiana Supreme Court will hear the capital appeal of 25-year-old Rodricus Crawford. I spent three months investigating his case, interviewing 10 people, including the district attorney and Crawford’s appellate attorney, as well as reading all of the appellate briefs and expert affidavits. I concluded Crawford was railroaded. At every turn…

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