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Nikole Hannah-Jones Biography, Age, Family, Education, Career, Awards, Publications

Nikole Hannah-Jones Biography

Nikole Hannah-Jones is an American investigative journalist. She is famously known for her coverage of civil rights in the United States. In April 2015, she became a staff writer for The New York Times. Cheryl A Novotny is of Czech and English descent.

Nikole Hannah-Jones Age

She was born on 9 April 1976 in the United States. She is 43 years old as of 2019.

Nikole Hannah-Jones Family

She grew up in Waterloo. She was born to Milton Hannah and  Cheryl A Novotny. Milton Hannah is African-American. She was born as the second of three sisters. In 1947, when her father was two years old, his family moved to Iowa from Greenwood, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region, along with many other African-American families.

Nikole Hannah-Jones Education

Hannah-Jones and her sister attended almost all-white schools. This was as part of a voluntary program of desegregation busing. Nikole wrote for the high school newspaper and graduated from West High School in 1994.

She also has a bachelor’s degree in History and African-American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, which she received in 1998. Nikole graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a master’s degree in 2003, where she was a Roy H. Park Fellow.

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Nikole Hannah-Jones Career

In 2003, she began her writing career working covering the education beat, which included the predominantly African American Durham Public Schools, for the Raleigh News & Observer, a position she held for three years. In 2006, she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she wrote for The Oregonian for six years. During this time she covered an enterprise assignment that included feature work, then the demographics beat, and then the government & census beats.

In 2007, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1965 Watts Riots, she wrote about its impact on the community for the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as the Kerner Commission. From 2008 to 2009, she received a fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies which enabled her to travel to Cuba to study universal healthcare and Cuba’s educational system under Raul Castro.

In 2011, she joined the nonprofit news organization ProPublica, which is based in New York City, where she covered civil rights and continued research she started in Oregon on redlining and in-depth investigative reporting on the lack of enforcement of the Fair Housing Act for minorities. She also spent time in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where the effects of Brown v. Board of Education had little effect.

Hannah-Jones with attendees after giving a talk in Rochester, New York. In 2015, she became a staff reporter for The New York Times. She is recognized as an authority on topics such as racial segregation, desegregation, and resegregation in American schools and housing discrimination, and has spoken about these issues on national public radio broadcasts. She writes to discover and expose the systemic and Institutional racism perpetuated by official laws and acts.

Her stories have been quoted in numerous other publications as being particularly important regarding race relations. She reported on the school district where teenager Michael Brown had been shot, one of the “most segregated, impoverished districts in the entire state” of Missouri. Reviewer Laura Moser of Slate magazine praised her report on school resegregation, which showed how educational inequality may have been a factor in the unfortunate death of Brown.

Hannah-Jones is a 2017 Emerson Fellow at the New America Foundation, where she is working on a book on school segregation. The book, The Problem We All Live With, is due out in June 2020 from Chris Jackson’s One World imprint at Random House. She is a 2017 award winner of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award.”

Nikole Hannah-Jones Awards

  • 2007, 2008, 2010: Society of Professional Journalists, Pacific Northwest, Excellence in Journalism Award
  • 2012: Gannett Foundation Innovation in Watchdog Journalism Award
  • 2013: Sidney Award
  • 2013: Columbia University, Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award
  • 2015: National Awards for Education Reporting, first prize, beat reporting
  • 2015: National Association of Black Journalists, Journalist of the Year
  • 2015: National Magazine Award finalist, public interest
  • 2015: Education Writers Association, Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting
  • 2015: Emerson College President’s Award for Civic Leadership
  • 2015: The Root 100
  • 2016: George Polk Award, radio reporting
  • 2017: MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award”

Nikole Hannah-Jones Publications

  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole (2012). Living Apart How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law. New York: ProPublica. ISBN 978-1-453-25444-8. OCLC 825553231.
  • Glass, Ira; Updike, Nancy; Hannah-Jones, Nikole (November 22, 2013). “512: House Rules”. This American Life. WBEZ. Transcript
  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole (April 16, 2014). “Segregation Now: Investigating America’s Racial Divide. In Tuscaloosa today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened”. ProPublica.
  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole (May 2, 2014). “School Districts Still Face Fights—and Confusion—on Integration: 60 years after Brown v. Board, the federal government’s enforcement of desegregation has all but disappeared”. The Atlantic.
  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole (December 19, 2014). “School Segregation, the Continuing Tragedy of Ferguson”. ProPublica.
  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole (June 25, 2015). “Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law”. ProPublicaUpdate to original October 29, 2012 story
  • Glass, Ira; Hannah-Jones, Nikole (July 31, 2015). “562: The Problem We All Live With”. This American Life. WBEZ. Transcript
  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole (September 9, 2015). “A Prescription for More Black Doctors: How does tiny Xavier University in New Orleans manage to send more African-American students to medical school than any other college in the country?”. The New York Times.
  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole (July 31, 2015). “The Continuing Reality of Segregated Schools”. The New York Times.
  • Hannah-Jones, Nikole (June 9, 2016). “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City”. The New York Times Magazine