Nikole Hannah-Jones on Reporting Racial Segregation

  Photo Courtesy Nikole Hannah-Jones. 

Photo Courtesy Nikole Hannah-Jones. 

"One of the things that I heard was, 'You want to write about black people too much...' Have you ever told a white journalist they're writing about white people too much?"

This week features New York Times Magazine investigative reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones in conversation with Keith Gessen, Assistant Professor at the Columbia Journalism School, as part of the School's Delacorte Lecture Series.

Hannah-Jones spoke about how she got into journalism, as well as the pressures black and brown journalists face in the industry. "I could go down the list of black and brown journalists who have left news," Hannah-Jones said, "because they became very disillusioned with not being able to write the stories that they got into journalism to write."

Listen to their conversation about Hannah-Jones' career and the award-winning coverage of racial justice and civil rights she's become known for. Listen to her 2016 Polk Award-Winning This American Life story, "The Problem We All Live With," about school desegregation in Missouri. 

Read more about the Ida B. Wells Society For Investigative Reporting, which Hannah-Jones co-founded in 2016, "dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting."

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