Political Journalists of Color 2012

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As the political direction of our nation is being decided, it is especially important to have all community perspectives represented. This is why it's important to recognize the work of political journalist of color who bring to the fore issues from their communities that would otherwise go unnoticed.

For the months of September and October 2012 our features will be organized differently. During the first 15 days of September and the last 15 days of October we will highlight the work of political journalists of color. Our current feature will bookend and lead up to our Hispanic Heritage Month feature scheduled for September 15 through October 15.

We hope that our current feature encourages engagement around the work of political journalists of color. We also hope that each of our profiles help spark discussions on the issues that affect communities of color and  bring more nuance to the broader political debate.  

This is by no means a definitive or exhaustive listing. It’s a starting point for learning, comment and discussion. Be heard. Tell us what you think and what we can learn by sending a message to features@mije.org!

Bobby Caina Calvan
August 31, 2012
Bobby Caina Calvan covers Congress in the Washington, D.C., bureau. Before joining the Globe, he was a foreign reporting fellow with the D.C.-based International Center for Journalists. Prior to that, he wrote about the business and politics of... more »
Gwen Ifill
September 1, 2012
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and senior correspondent for the "PBS NewsHour."  She is also the best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," (Doubleday, 2009).Gwen reports... more »
Seung Min Kim
September 2, 2012
Seung Min is a reporter for POLITICO. Most recently, she was at USA Today, where she reported from the paper’s Washington bureau and worked on its online news desk. Before making her way to Washington, she covered suburban New Jersey for The Star-... more »
Nia-Malika Henderson
September 3, 2012
Nia-Malika Henderson is a “Countdown” contributor and a national political reporter for The Washington Post, where she covers the White House and the 2012 campaign. Before joining The Post, Nia wrote about education, race and the White House for... more »
Wayne Dawkins
September 4, 2012
Assistant Professor Wayne Dawkins worked as a daily newspaper journalist for nearly 23 years. He was an associate editor of the Daily Press of Newport News from 1998-2003 and served as managing editor of BlackAmericanWeb.com from September 2003 to... more »
David Nakamura
September 5, 2012
David Nakamura started at the Washington Post as a summer intern in 1992 and is amazed he once did this job without the Internet, a cell phone, GPS, Wikipedia or a laptop computer. After four years as a sports reporter, he moved to the local news... more »
Amy Stretten
September 6, 2012
Amy Stretten is a Native American journalist and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism student whose goal is to educate, inspire and advance the human rights movement through news and commentary. Stretten is the founder of NativeJournalist.com blog,... more »
Hari Sreenivasan
September 7, 2012
In December 2009, Hari Sreenivasan joined the new PBS NewsHour as an online and on-air correspondent. Hari makes regular news updates throughout the day on the NewsHour's website in addition to appearing nightly on the program.While at CBS News,... more »
Maxine Park
September 8, 2012
Maxine Park is a video journalist for USA TODAY where she reports, shoots and edits her own video stories for usatoday.com. She has covered a wide range of stories from Justice Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings to the shootings in Tucson involving... more »
Pilar Marrero
September 9, 2012
Pilar Marrero is one of the most active voices in the spanish language media world in the United States. A veteran journalist based in Los Angeles, she has a weekly sindicated column, Actualidad Política, and works as a senior writer providing... more »