Gwen Ifill: A consummate journalist who demonstrated why diversity matters






It is with heavy hearts that we share that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill has passed away. https://t.co/9iVlSm1JmZ — PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) November 14, 2016 There are many reasons to mourn Gwen Ifill’s untimely death today at the age of 61. She was a consummate journalist of the old school variety, who […]

A personal perspective on the Trenton Makes Music project






People who know me credit me with a few talents – but musical ability isn’t one of them. Not only am I not a musician, I have no background in music journalism So, it should come as no surprise that one of the questions I’m often asked about the motivation and inspiration behind my current […]

Democratic National Convention Press Release on Accessibility






Note: This press release is a sidebar to The DNC and the politics of accessibility 2016 Democratic National Convention Announces Plans to Make this the Most Accessible Convention Ever   Unprecedented Accessibility Plan Outlines Resources for People with Disabilities, Seniors and Individuals Who Need Specific Accommodations. PHILADELPHIA – In the lead up to Convention week, the […]

The DNC and the politics of accessibility






The Democratic National Convention took place from July 25-28 in Philadelphia PA, and while everyone was focused on the protests over the nomination process, there were some conflicts over decisions made by the DNC and the local host committee. One particularly contentious local issue that got little national attention was the DNC’s and Philadelphia mayor’s deal […]

DNC 2016: The Women Caucus






At a political convention, caucuses are intended as cheerleading sessions to rally the faithful, and the Women’s Caucus sessions at the DNC were no exception. This was one of several special interest groups meetings run by the DNC during its morning and noon-time sessions, and the attendees on Tuesday morning were getting hyped as party […]

DNC 2016 Diary: Progressives ponder paths to political influence






  “[P]rogressive people of color and progressive whites comprise the mathematical majority of eligible voters in America: a New American Majority. Our newfound power elected and re-elected a Black president, but there is so much more that is possible, and so much more that is necessary. Texas, for example, seen as the reddest of red […]

DNC 2016 Diary: Setting the stage






I’m in Philadelphia, my home, and the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and I wanted to make this a post about some of the things that you might not know about Philly, or about the Convention if you aren’t here. But the events of the last few days can’t be ignored, so let’s […]

Are you voting in today’s Pennsylvania Primary?






My Spring, 2016 political reporting class is conducting team coverage of today’s primary vote in Pennsylvania. We have compiled a short survey to learn about voters’ experience as they go to the polls today. Please take a few minutes to help us out by completing the survey here: http://goo.gl/forms/uOWk261M9I. Also, if you use Twitter, we […]

Of Margo Jefferson’s “Negroland”






As a young black woman with working-class roots – what Jefferson might call an arriviste – she immediately became one of my models for how to carry myself in a world that, to borrow another of her gems, “could not imagine you.”