Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Staff Writer
New York Times Magazines

About the Speaker

Nikole has spent the last five 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's reporting has won several national awards, including the Peabody Award, George Polk Award, National Magazine Award, Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, and the Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. She was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2015 and was named to The Root 100 in 2015 and 2016. She is also a 2017 New America Emerson fellow and a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Journalist.

In 2017, Nikole was named a prestigious MacArthur fellow.

Nikole is writing a book on school segregation entitled, "The Problem We All Live With," to be published on the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House.

In 2016, Nikole helped found the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a training and mentorship organization geared towards increasing the number of investigative reporters of color.

Before joining The New York Times, Nikole worked for investigative news organization ProPublica. Her works has also appeared in 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.

 

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