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Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones is an award-winning investigative reporter who covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine. In 2016, she helped found the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a news trade organization dedicated to increasing the ranks of investigative reporters of color. She is also writing a book on  school segregation called, "The Problem We All Live With," on the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House. 

Nikole got hooked on journalism when she joined her high school newspaper and began writing about students like her, who were bused across town as part of a voluntary school desegregation program.

Her heroes are the race beat reporters, such as Ida B. Wells, Ethel Payne, Simeon Booker and Claude Sitton, whose fearless coverage helped move this nation closer to its promise. 

Prior to joining The New York Times, Nikole worked as an investigative reporter at ProPublica in New York City, where she spent three years chronicling the way official policy created and maintains segregation in housing and schools.

Before that, she reported for the largest daily newspaper in the Pacific Northwest, The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., where she covered numerous beats, including demographics, the census and county government. 

Nikole started her journalism career covering the majority-black Durham Public Schools for The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. During her three years there, she wrote extensively on issues of race, class, school resegregation and equity.

Nikole is a native Iowan, a child produced by the hopes of both the Great Migration and those who migrated from foreign shores. She has also lived in Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina and Oregon.

Now she is Bed-Stuy fly in  Brooklyn, where she shares a home with her husband and very sassy daughter. 

-From Nikole Hannah-Jones' website

Recent Writings, Talks and Interviews:


Nikole Hannah-Jones MacArthur Fellow. Published October 10, 2017


Talks at Google. Published May 17, 2017.


Interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones by Democracy Now! Published September 8, 2017. 

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